IPL 2019: Can Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers snatch a win or will Knight Riders avenge their last defeat?
It has been close to two weeks of the Indian Premier League and Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to win their first match. Of the eight teams in the IPL, seven have won at least one match. Virat Kohli, captain of RCB, leads a powerhouse of a team but is yet to deliver where it matters. After a few close encounters going down the drain, Kohli might be feeling the pressure to deliver. With a match scheduled on April 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders, RCB will hope that they make a comeback.
As a captain and a player, it is not every day that you’ll be hard pressed to find Kohli and his team at the bottom of any list. However, that seems to be the case now. After four consecutive defeats, Kohli & Co will hope to not suffer a fifth defeat. The meme army and fans have already begun to vent their frustrations with some even suggesting that Virat is replaced with someone more capable.
While RCB is nursing their wounds, KKR was hurt in their last match against Delhi Capitals. Despite their big total, Delhi managed to level the scores and eventually beat them in a Super Over. RCB have match-winners in Virat himself, along with the likes of AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Navdeep Saini and others. KKR will not be taking RCB lightly despite their poor run of form. At a time when fans’ patience is being tested, Virat and his team will make sure they do not become a bunny of the other seven teams.
Speaking at a presser, KKR spinner Piyush Chawla said: "We all know the kind of team RCB has got and four games down don't mean they are down and out because we know the quality of players they have. They will bounce back for sure. I am sure they (RCB) are gonna come even more hard on us. Obviously, we have to play good cricket to beat them.”
Historically, KKR has had the advantage over RCB. Both teams have gone head-to-head in 23 matches with KKR winning 14 and RCB bagging 9 victories. According to reports, RCB’s average score against KKR is 145 runs. KKR, on the other hand, has an average score of 159 runs against RCB. The April 5 match will be played in Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, letting RCB make use of the home advantage.
KKR will depend heavily on the tried and tested Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Narine. The likes of Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav and Nitish Rana are assets that RCB will want to look out for.