The Eden Gardens will host an exciting IPL 2023 match between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Fans will be hoping for another great matchup because both teams have produced captivating games.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Mumbai Indians in their first IPL 2023 game. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis’ opening combination destroyed MI’s inexperienced bowling lineup. Together, they scored 148 runs in the game’s opening stand to win it with 8 wickets remaining.
Meanwhile. the Kolkata Knight Riders lost to the Punjab Kings in their opening IPL game which was hampered by rain. The Nitish Rana-led franchise must address its top-order issues since it lacks a potent opener who can score significant runs during the power play.
Match Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: Thursday, April 6, 7:30 PM IST
Broadcast & IPL Streaming: Jio Cinema & Star Sports Network
Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will visit the two-time champions KKR on Thursday (April 6) of this week. KKR will be playing at the magnificent Eden Gardens after a long gap of 1439 days.
With a victory in their opening league game, Royal Challengers Bangalore are now second in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 points standings.
Kolkata Knight Riders are 7th in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 points table following a loss in their opening game. As the IPL 2023 returns to the Eden Gardens, the Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to get their campaign back on track with an emphatic victory in front of their home fans against the spirited Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Eden Gardens is well-known for having a batting-friendly surface and for hosting high-scoring T20 games. In addition, a competitive pitch is anticipated for the IPL. The bowlers, especially spinners, can benefit greatly as the game goes on.
However, both teams will try to win the toss and bowl first in Kolkata. A high-scoring match might take place, given the caliber of both teams’ batting.
IPL Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Kolkata Knight Riders will attempt to redeem themselves at Eden Gardens after a disappointing start to their 2023 IPL campaign. Meanwhile, from the first delivery, the Kolkata bowling attack was under pressure as Punjab Kings managed to record a huge total.
Similar to their bowlers, their batters made a few promising starts but were unable to turn them into notable performances.
After claiming a huge eight-wicket victory, the Royal Challengers Bangalore made a nearly flawless start to their campaign. Meanwhile, the MI top order was reduced to 46-6 by the RCB pacers, who were in peak form.
However, the franchise can still do better when it comes to death bowling. In terms of batting, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell shone to help the team reach the target in 16.2 overs.
For our today match prediction, here is our KKR predicted XI.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Anukul Roy, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy.
For our today match prediction, here is our RCB predicted XI.
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj.
Probable best batter
Virat Kohli, the team’s talisman batsman, smashed an unbeaten 82 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) celebrate their return to their home field, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, after 1427 IPL games.
With his current total of 6411 runs and five hundred and 42 fifty-plus, he is the IPL’s all-time leading run-scorer. In the IPL 2023, as we previously saw against the Mumbai Indians, Kohli has reverted to his earlier form.
Probable best bowler
In our latest IPL match prediction, Siraj will surely light up the Eden Gardens with his pace & ability to swing the ball both ways. The Eden Garden pitch supports the pace bowlers initially. Hence, someone like Siraj can trouble the KKR batters during the powerplay.
Siraj has been exceptional for India in the past few years. He has shown massive improvement with the ball. Thus, one can expect Siraj to dominate the KKR batters.
In our latest IPL match prediction, the first game for both teams gives RCB the edge over KKR. King Kohli has back in the red color with more destruction, while Faf is carrying the SA20 form with some tremendous hitting. The first game’s 148-run partnership gave fans a taste of what this pair is capable of. KKR has a better spin option, although neither team’s bowling unit is very good.