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Indian Premier League 2021

IPL 2021: RCB vs KKR- Dream XI fantasy tips and suggestions

The Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in a heavyweight clash in the first eliminator of the IPL 2021 playoffs

RCB captain Virat Kohli [Source: IPL]
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RCB captain Virat Kohli [Source: IPL]

By

Ananth Narasimman

Published: 11 Oct 2021 11:52 AM GMT

What a cracking start we have had to the IPL 2021 playoffs! We have already seen a nail-biting heavyweight clash and are all set to witness yet another clash that is bound to be a classic as the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Kolkata Knight Riders.

RCB come into the business end of the tournament in good form after a rocky start in the first couple of games. The team from Bengaluru has won nine out of their 14 group stage games to finish third on the table. Glenn Maxwell has had a resurgence with RCB after having doubts over his IPL career due to his form with previous franchises. The Australian has been dominant, scoring 498 runs in 13 innings with an average of 45.27. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel has been a revelation in the bowling department for Kohli's men, grabbing 30 wickets in 14 matches.

KKR, on the other hand, have had a brilliant second leg, beating the odds to qualify for the playoffs after clawing their way back from being second last on the table to winning five out of seven games to qualify with the highest net run rate among the teams. Youngsters Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer have carried the team with crucial knocks and will look to continue to do the same, while mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy will look to cause damage against a potent RCB bowling unit after picking 16 wickets so far.

KKR has the advantage in the head to head clash between the two, winning 16 times out of the 29 times that the two sides have faced each other. RCB will be looking to turn the tide around this time as they hunt for their maiden IPL trophy.

The pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Association stadium being a neutral wicket provides us with a mouth-watering clash between bat and ball. We have seen some brilliant innings from the likes of Sachin Tendulkar on this very ground and can expect a lot of fireworks today with world-class talent on display.

Probable starting XI's for both teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 Fantasy XI

1) Virat Kohli- RCB- Captain - 9.5 credits

2) Glenn Maxwell- RCB- Vice-Captain - 10 credits

3) K.S. Bharath- RCB -Wicketkeeper - 8.5 credits

4) Rahul Tripathi- KKR- Batter - 9 credits

5) Shubman Gill- KKR - Batter - 8.5 credits

6) Devdutt Padikkal- RCB - Batter - 9.5 credits

7) Dan Christian- RCB- All-rounder - 8 credits

8) Venkatesh Iyer- KKR - All-rounder - 9.5 credits

9) Yuzvendra Chahal - RCB - Bowler - 9 credits

10) Harshal Patel - RCB - Bowler - 10 credits

11) Shivam Mavi - KKR - Bowler - 8 credits


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