IPL 2024: RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli, Andre Russell in focus as teams look for momentum

IPL 2024: Kolkata are set to face Bengaluru at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday. With veterans Virat Kohli and Andre Russell having set the stage on fire early in the tournament there's a lot to look forward to win the game.
IPL 2024: RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli, Andre Russell in focus as teams look for momentum
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Kolkata have travelled to Bengaluru to play their second group stage game of the Indian Premier League 2024 season. Gautam Gambhir and co. will be looking to break the home team jinx in this season, having reached Bengaluru with a sensational arsenal of bowlers. Set to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, KKR will back their veteran stars Sunil Narine and Andre Russell to deliver against the batting might of Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell.

Out of the 9 matches played in the first week of Indian Premier League, all of them have been won by home teams. KKR in their tournament opener against SunRisers Hyderabad narrowly escaped defeat at Eden Gardens and will hope to make things a little more dominant this time around. The focus will be on the Caribbean duo of Russell and Narine, who once again turned out to be the hero of the franchise. While Russell played a knock for the ages hitting 64* off just 25 balls, Narine bowled a spell of 4-0-19-1 in a match that aggregated a total of 412 runs.

Faf du Plessis' Bengaluru on the other hand will look to make the best use of the home advantage. They will also be desperate to see Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar return to form. RCB's biggest asset might once again be Virat Kohli, who played a brilliant 77-run innings against Punjab Kings and anchored the team to a win. After the game, Kohli said that he was not finished yet and would be looking to ignite that fire once again.

Things got a little heated when Kohli met Gambhir last time in the Indian Premier League 2024. Will the duo avoid each other or will they clash once again? This certainly will be one of the most awaited moments in the IPL this season.

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IPL 2024: RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli, Andre Russell in focus as teams look for momentum

Both KKR and RCB will be happy with how some of their players showed up. After their loss in the opening game, RCB's Virat Kohli and Yash Dayal put in truly superstar performances in their match vs Punjab Kings and dragged the game back from a disadvantageous position.

On the other hand, KKR will be extremely pleased with their veteran Caribbean duo Sunil Narine and Andre Russell delivering two stellar performances in their epic win against Hyderabad.

The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was not a run of the mill flat batting track. The pitch was sticky and it was tough for the batters to put away bowlers with ease. If the deck plays the same, KKR are likely to be in a much better position than Bengaluru. KKR's sensational bowling attack might just turn out to be the point of difference in Bengaluru on Friday evening.

RCB Predicted XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat (wk), Mayank Dagar, Alzarri Joesph, Mohammed Siraj, Yash Dayal

Impact Player: Mahipal Lomror

KKR Predicted XI: Phil Salt (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Ramandeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy

Impact Player: Suyash Sharma

Source: India Today

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