In the IPL 2021 Eliminator, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be playing Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday at 7:30 PM IST. The winner of this fixture will be facing the team which loses in Qualifier 1.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be heading into this fixture on the back of a spectacular last-ball victory against the table-topper Delhi Capitals. The Virat Kohli-led team finished third in the points table, they’ve had a good season so far and will want to continue their form in the knockout stage as well. Srikar Bharat has been the find of the season for RCB, the youngster smashed a six on Friday when RCB needed five off the last ball. Apart from Bharat, Glenn Maxwell has been carrying Bangalore’s batting line-up in the ongoing season. Harshal Patel has been the star for RCB in IPL 2021 with 29 wickets. Kohli, who will be stepping down from the captaincy after the current season will count on his in-form players to perform at this crucial stage.
Kolkata Knight Riders edged out Mumbai Indians to acquire the fourth spot in the points table. KKR thrashed Rajasthan Royals in their previous game by 86 runs. The comprehensive victory in the final game of the league stage on Thursday will definitely raise KKR’s morale before they enter the playoffs. Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy have a notable contribution to KKR’s success in the second phase. The Knight Riders are just a couple of steps away from clinching their first trophy in the past seven years.
RCb and KKR have faced each other on 28 occasions, the latter won 15 fixtures while the former emerged victoriously on 13 instances.
KKR beat RCB in phase 2 of IPL 2021 by nine wickets.
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Kolkata Knight Riders – The Principal sponsor of KKR is MPL
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