Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) confidence would have hit rock-bottom after their collapse at the hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) in their second match of IPL 2021. Even as their bowlers did an excellent job, their batting crumbled, especially the middle order.
Their third match is against the high-flying Royal Challengers (RCB) in the first of Sundays doubleheader at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. In their last three meetings, the Challengers have come out trumps three times. In fact, this time around, Virat Kohli and Co is the only team, whos yet to taste defeat.
With a net run rate of +0.175, RCB are sitting on top of the points table. In their previous game, they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six runs and it remains to be seen if the Knights can get the better of them.
Match Details
Match  Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders 10th match
Venue  MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time  3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live  Star Sports Network, Hotstar
Pitch Report
Avg first innings score: 162 (4 matches in IPL 2021 at the Chepauk)
Record of chasing teams: Won 1, Lost 3, Tied 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj.
Bench: Suyash Prabhudessai, Sachin Baby, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharuddeen, Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed, Finn Allen, KS Bharat, Kane Richardson, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa
Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Bench: Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Vaibhav Arora, Sandeep Warrier
Played 27 | Royal Challengers Bangalore 12 | Kolkata Knight Riders 15 |N/R 0
At neutral venues
Played 6 | Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 | Kolkata Knight Riders 2 |N/R 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli has scored 66 runs in two games at a strike rate of 113.79. Hence, it can be said that hes yet to perform at his best. However, against the Knights, the 32-year-old has decent numbers. In 23 innings, the right-hander has notched 725 runs at an average and strike rate of 40.28 and 130.16 respectively. He also has four fifties and a top score of 100 at the Eden Gardens.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mohammed Siraj Royal Challengers Bangalore  
Mohammed Siraj has been the most economical bowler for the Challengers in IPL 2021 with an economy of less than six, though he has only picked up two wickets. Moreover, last year, he had the best figures of 3/8 against KKR. Hes likely to take the new ball and Kohlis men would be hoping for the right-armer to make early inroads into the opposition batting.
Todays match prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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