IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders: 5 key battles to watch out for

Royal Challengers Bangalore is currently on top of the table with two wins out of two games while Kolkata Knight Riders are recovering from their loss to the Mumbai Indians.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. (Image credit: Twitter)
By Siddharth vishwanathan | Apr 18, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Royal Challengers Bangalore has started IPL 2021 on a positive note after winning their first two games against Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. They will be aiming to achieve the hat-trick when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the first double-header. In IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore got the better of the two-time champions in both games. In the first game in Sharjah, AB de Villiers was a class act. Mohammed Siraj bowled two maidens and restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 84/8 in the second game.

Heading into the match, Royal Challengers Bangalore are high on confidence with two wins out of two games. Kolkata Knight Riders are still hurt by their loss to Mumbai Indians by 10 runs. Both sides have great talent and depth in both batting and bowling. There will be some very interesting match-ups in both camps. 

1.) Shakib Al Hasan vs AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers is a superman. But, even he has a kryptonite. The weakness is left-arm spin. It has often been noticed that de Villiers is vulnerable against left-arm spin. Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping that Shakib Al Hasan can spin a web around de Villiers. Getting RCB’s ultimate gun-batsman will go a long way in limiting damage. 

2.) Pat Cummins vs Virat Kohli

In Test matches, the Australian pacer has always had Kohli’s number. The contest between one of the best bowlers in the world and one of the greatest batsman is always a treat. Kohli has become the glue of the Royal Challengers Bangalore line-up. If Cummins can get rid of Kohli cheaply, then Royal Challengers Bangalore will be dented big time.

3.) Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy vs Glenn Maxwell

The Big Show likes to take the spinners on. Glenn Maxwell is batting with much more freedom in Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, in the quest to attack, Maxwell sometimes throws his wicket away. Harbhajan and Chakravarthy will be eager to tempt Maxwell for a big shot. Although he might connect once or twice, they will be gunning for his wicket at all times.

4.) Harshal Patel vs Andre Russell

Harshal Patel has been the star of the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling line-up in IPL 2021. Andre Russell, on the other hand, is considered to be one of the best in the death overs when it comes to batting. In IPL 2021, both players have excelled with the ball in the death overs. However, if Harshal is given the chance of bowling in the death overs and Russell is on strike, this contest can determine which team wins the match.

5.) Kyle Jamieson vs Eoin Morgan

The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper often struggles against the short ball at the start of his innings. Kyle Jamieson, who has been impressive in the first two games, might be asked to deliver the knock-out blow to Morgan at the start of his innings. Using his height and decent pace, Jamieson can be the tonic against Morgan.

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