The Clash of T20 Titans: Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers

The incredible rivalry between Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore goes all the way back to the very first edition of the Indian Premier League, back in 2008. Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a margin of 140 runs! It was one of the most humiliating losses ever in the history of IPL. However, over the years, RCB has managed to even out the playing field and change IPL results by putting on some brilliant displays of cricketing talent whenever they take on the Knight Riders. No matter which side you support, one thing is certain, whenever there is a KKR vs RCB match, you can be sure it will be a good game. As you prepare to catch the KKR vs RCB live score at home, here are some interesting facts and talking points you can follow to liven up the game.

Changes to the Squad

The Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore have reshuffled their pack for IPL 2021. RCB made several changes to the team and let go of several T20 stars, including Chris Morris. KKR, on the other hand, managed to rope in some experienced campaigners like Shakib Al Hasan and Harbhajan Singh after a disappointing 2020 season. Here’s a full list of the squad for both teams heading into the KKR vs RCB 2021 matches:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Full Squad

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli Daniel Christian Glenn Maxwell
AB de Villiers Devdutt Padikkal Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Siraj Mohammed Azharuddeen Navdeep Saini
Kane Richardson KS Bharat Kyle Jamieson
Rajat Patidar Suyash Prabhudessai Shivam Dube
Washington Sundar Sachin Baby Pavan Deshpande
Joshua Philippe Shahbaz Ahmad  

Kolkata Knight Riders

Eoin Morgan Rinku Singh Harbhajan Singh
Pat Cummins Rahul Tripathi Shivam Mavi
Shubman Gill Sunil Narine Sandeep Warrier
Dinesh Karthik Kamlesh Nagarkoti Tim Seifert
Nitish Rana Kuldeep Yadav Prasidh Krishna
Andre Russell Karun Nair Lockie Ferguson
Shakib Al Hasan Sheldon Jackson  

Players to Watch:

RCB captain Virat Kohli: By far, one of the most talented batsmen in the IPL, he will be eager to get his hands on the trophy for the very first time.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins: Known for being the youngest player in the world to hold the position of Vice-Captain, all eyes will be on him to convert his talent to IPL results for KKR.

Key Player Battles

Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore have a star-studded team with exceptional talent. You can be sure that in the KKR vs RCB match, when the stars collide, there are bound to be some fireworks. Here are some key player battles you can watch out for as you follow the KKR vs RCB live score at home:

Virat Kohli vs Sunil Narine

Everyone knows that spin is the Achilles heel for Virat Kohli, the world’s top batsman. And when you have someone like Sunil Narine bowling at you from the other end, even the most talented batsman might take a more cautious approach. So will we see the usual aggressive Kohli in the KKR vs RCB 2021 match, or will Narine manage to calm the run machine? Follow the KKR vs RCB live score to find out.

AB de Villiers vs Pat Cummins

Along with Virat Kohli, RCB will rely heavily on AB de Villiers to keep the scoreboard ticking if they want this season’s IPL results to go their way. But while De Villiers is known to smack the ball all around the park, it will be interesting to see how he faces Pat Cummins. The Aussie bowler is known for his seething pace that can rattle even the most experienced batsmen.

Head to Head Stats

Played: 26 Matches

Kolkata Knight Riders Matches Won: 14

Royal Challengers Bangalore Matches Won: 12

When you look at IPL stats from the previous encounters, it is clear that KKR has the momentum heading into the tournament. But after coming agonizingly close to winning the title three times, Royal Challengers Bangalore will make every game count. They will indeed be looking for a repeat of the 2020 season when RCB won both their league matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders. You can be sure that Kohli and his men will bring their A-game for the KKR vs RCB match because they are eager to get their hands on their first IPL title.

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