In their previous face-off, team Bangalore managed to beat Kolkata comfortably by 38 runs. Today’s T20 match would help Bangalore to get ahead on the points table while the nightrider will try to promote themselves.
Kolkata vs Bangalore Match Preview
The teams Bangalore and Kolkata are completely geared up to face each other in today’s T20 match of the Indian T20 League Phase 2. The match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Dubai. Team Kolkata led by Eoin Morgan is already at the bottom of the points table due to the half points. Therefore, team Kolkata would need a win to climb the point table of the Indian T20 League 2021.
Apart from this, the withdrawal of pat Cummins from the Indian T20 League tournament has also troubled the team at some point. However, the team had decent scoring history while playing in Abu Dhabi in the 13th season of the Indian T20 League. Therefore, this will give the team a kind of confidence to get their Rhythm back against Bangalore.
Team Bangalore, on the other hand, has faced so many roadblocks due to the withdrawal of several players from the IndianT20 League 2021. Nevertheless, Bangalore has been able to make some useful replacements, which includes Wanindu Hasaranga from Sri Lanka; he had a great Run scoring ability while playing international cricket.
Kolkata vs Bangalore Match Details:
Match – Kolkata vs Bangalore – 31st T20 match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
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Kolkata vs Bangalore Pitch Report
According to the experts, the pitch in Abu Dhabi has been excellent for batting conditions. In the previous year, the chasing was easy for the team; hence, the target was not that much tough for the chasing team and the ground. A similar thing has been noticed in the Pakistan T20 League 2021; so many matches turned out as the highest scores innings. Therefore, if the team opts to field first, it helps them out to get familiar with the ground and chase the target. We can see so many high scores throughout the second phase of the Indian T20 League at this pitch.
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Runs and records statistics:
Average first innings score: 162 (22 matches in Indian T20 League 2020 at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 13, Lost – 9, Tied – 0
Kolkata vs Bangalore Overall Statistics
- Match Played – 28
- Team Kolkata – 15
- Team Bangalore– 13
- No Result – 0
In the UAE
- Match Played – 3
- Team Kolkata – 1
- Team Bangalore– 2
- No Result – 0
The men in form Bangalore look to reprise their rhythm of winning the matches as they did in the first phase of Indian T20 League. Team Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, has won five T20 out of seven matches in India. On the other end, team Kolkata has lost 5 T20 matches out of 7 so far.
Probable Playing XI of both teams:
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine/Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sunil Narine/Shakib Al Hasan, Venkatesh Iyer, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Vaibhav Arora
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Tim David/Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Akash Deep, Tim David/Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dan Christian, Pavan Deshpande, George Garton, Mohammed Azharuddin, Suyash Prabhudessai, Sachin Baby, Navdeep Saini.
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