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IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score: Du Plessis and Co desperate to fight back

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IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru match updates

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru match updates

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: After horrible performances in the first half of the season, Royal Challengers Bengaluru will be desperate to bounce back and keep their hopes alive in the playoffs race. Faf du Plessis and Co. have already lost six matches out of 7 and now every game for them is a knockout. The batting unit has failed to put up a collective effort in the middle as only Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik are the only batters who have displayed some consistency with the bat. Skipper Faf du Plessis also failed to make an impact with the bat and his captaincy also came under the scanners.…Read More

Meanwhile, the bowling unit has flopped miserably for RCB this season as they are yet to finalise their combination.  In their last match, RCB faced embarrassment against Sunrisers Hyderabad as Pat Cummins and Co. hammered them and posted the highest score in IPL history – 287.

Star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has decided to take a mental health break and missed the last match against SRH. He has been in horrible form this season and managed just 32 runs in six innings with an average of 5.33. Recently, he has also revealed that he is also nursing a “hip strain” and is unlikely to return for his team’s away IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday.

With five consecutive defeats, the bottom-ranked RCB now confront the daunting task of winning their remaining seven games to keep their playoff prospects alive.

The batting unit depends heavily on Kohli who is the leading run-getter this season thus far with 361 runs at 72.20. The lack of support from the other end has also impacted his strike rate. Du Plessis has been their next best batter with 232 runs, but it’s seasoned wicketkeeper-batter Karthik, who has been phenomenal in his final IPL season.

The veteran has amassed 226 runs at a strike-rate of 205-plus and in the monstrous chase against SRH, it was his 35-ball 83 that gave them hope of scripting an improbable win before they fell short by 25 runs.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders will also look to get back to winning ways after a last-ball defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the last match. They have slipped to the third spot on the points table with 8 points in 6 matches. 

The biggest threat for RCB will be Narine, not just with the ball but also with the bat at the top of the order.

Narine has been in terrific form with the bat and scored a brilliant century in the last match against RR which was also his maiden in the shortest format. The left-handed batter is KKR’s leading run-getter this season with 276 runs at an incredible strike rate of over 187.

The next best KKR batter is his opening partner Phil Salt, who has struck at a rate of 151-plus. With a maiden fifty to his name, youngster Angkrish Raghuvanshi has impressed with his batting.

However, the likes of Rinku Singh and Andre Russell have got limited opportunities but the duo has managed to mark an impact with small cameos at the fag end of the innings.

Meanwhile, skipper Shreyas Iyer has some crucial contributions with the bat but he hasn’t looked in full control and his strike rate has also been an area of concern for the side.

 

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Apr 21, 2024 3:02 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB elect to bowl first

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru skipper wins the toss and elects to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Apr 21, 2024 3:00 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: MITCHELL STARC – BIG BUCKS NOT SO BIG PERFORMANCE

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Mitchell Starc – the most expensive player in IPL history has failed to live up to price tag thus far. He has claimed just five wickets in six matches.

 

MITCHELL STARC – BIG BUCKS NOT SO BIG PERFORMANCE 

Starc in IPL 2024 

Innings – 6 

Wickets – 5 

Wicketless – 4 matches

Economy – 10.5 

Economy in death overs – 16.25

Apr 21, 2024 2:41 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: SUNIL NARINE – smashing as opener for KKR

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Narine failed to register a double-digit score in the last season but fortunes changed for him with Gambhir’s arrival in the camp. It was under his captaincy in the past when Narine started opening in IPL and the two-time IPL-winning skipper reinstated him as an opener on his return to the franchise as a mentor.

Narine – the opener in the IPL 

Innings – 46 

Runs – 1005 

SR – 178 

High-impact performances – 16

Apr 21, 2024 2:32 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB’s Shocking bowling numbers

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s bowling has been lacklustre this season which has put the team down on several occasions. The think tank needs to get their plans right before it’s too late for them.

 

RCB’s SHOCKING BOWLING NUMBERS IN IPL 2024 

28 – Least wickets in the season 

10.7 – Worst economy rate 

49.8 – Worst bowling average 

27.9 – Worst bowling strike rate

Apr 21, 2024 2:23 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Kohli vs Narine 

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: The key battle to look out for in the mega clash on Sunday afternoon will be between Virat Kohli and Sunil Narine – two legends of the league.

 

Kohli vs Narine in IPL

 

 Innings – 16 

Dismissals – 4 

Balls Faced – 118 

Runs Scored – 127 

Strike Rate – 107.6

Apr 21, 2024 2:15 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Onus on RCB batters to put  up a fight against formidable KKR

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: For a side that has been severely let down by their bowlers and relies heavily on the batting prowess of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and veteran Dinesh Karthik, facing KKR presents a significant challenge. “From a bowling perspective, we don’t have as many weapons. So, unfortunately, it comes down to the batters to make sure that we use our form and our confidence. The scores that we put on the board are probably going to be the only way we are going to get into the competition,” their skipper Du Plessis has admitted earlier.

Apr 21, 2024 2:01 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Shreyas Iyer under the scanners

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer’s strike rate in IPL 2024 has not been at par as he looked scratchy this season thus far. The stylish batter has scored 140 runs in 6 matches at an underwhelming strike rate of 122.81. He is yet to score a half-century this season and he needs to up the ante against Royal Challengers Bengaluru to set the tone for his side in the mega clash. However, he has impressed many with his leadership attributes as KKR are placed at the third spot at the moment.

Apr 21, 2024 1:51 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB need to get Siraj back

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: It will be interesting to see whether Mohammed Siraj returns to the playing XI after missing out on the last match. He has not been at his best in IPL 2024 but benching him didn’t solve RCB’s problems in the last match as they conceded 287 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The RCB think tank needs to get their plans right as it is going to be a do-or-die match for them and a loss will put an end to their chances of making to playoffs.

Apr 21, 2024 1:31 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Will RCB’s Dinesh Karthik make a last-minute entry in India’s T20 WC squad?

Out of nowhere, Dinesh Karthik’s name has come up in the contention for the wicketkeeper’s slot in the T20 World Cup. Karthik was part of the 2022 T20 World Cup but was out of the squad after the treatment. However, his exploits with the bat in IPL 2024 has made talk of the town once again.

He is also the third leading run-getter for RCB with 226 runs, behind Virat Kohli (361) and skipper Faf du Plessis (232). “At this stage in my life, it would be the greatest feeling for me to represent India. I’m very, very keen to do so. There is nothing bigger in my life other than representing India in this T20 World Cup,” the RCB wicketkeeper-batters said ahead of the clash against KKR.

Apr 21, 2024 1:17 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB yet to finalise first-choice spinner

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru lack quality spin options in their department as they have yet to decide which is their frontline spinner this season. At Eden Gardens, they would need a spinner in the middle overs to control the innings. Glenn Maxwell’s spin also could have been a nice option, but the struggling Australian all-rounder, who pulled out of the game against SRH citing “mental fatigue”, is also battling a hip strain that may keep him out of action for some more time.

Apr 21, 2024 1:04 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Kolkata rely heavily on Openers

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Sunil Narine is KKR’s leading run-getter this season with 276 runs at an incredible strike rate of over 187. The next best KKR batter is his opening partner Phil Salt, who has struck at a rate of 151-plus. The pair’s splendid form means that the likes of Rinku Singh and Andre Russell have got limited opportunities. With a maiden fifty to his name, youngster Angkrish Raghuvanshi has impressed with his batting.

Apr 21, 2024 12:50 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Dinesh Karthik opens up on his approach

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has said he has worked on his strengths and that has helped in get good scores. He has been in fine touch during this season, scoring 226 runs in seven matches at an average of 75.33 with a strike rate of 205.45. “Look, I think these days as a player, you need to understand your strengths. I’m not (Andre) Russell or (Kieron) Pollard who can mishit a ball and get a six for it. So I need to understand how I do. How I can beat gaps, what sort of balls I can hit for boundaries. And I realised there was a certain pattern in which bowlers were bowling to me. So, I needed to try and work out a solution for that,” Karthik said in the pre-match press conference.

Apr 21, 2024 12:42 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB bowlers need to step up

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB bowling unit has flopped miserably for RCB this season as they are yet to finalise their combination. They have tried different combinations and even dropped Mohammed Siraj from the playing XI in the last match but nothing worked for them. In Siraj’s absence, RCB faced embarrassment against Sunrisers Hyderabad as Pat Cummins and Co. hammered them and posted the highest score in IPL history – 287.  They need to step up big against high-flying Knight Riders to keep their hopes alive.

Apr 21, 2024 12:29 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Sunil Narine’s success story

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Sunil Narine has taken 170 wickets in his IPL career and has also scored 1322 runs so far, including a century, from 168 matches he has played in the League. However, Gautam Gambhir played a massive role in Narine’s incredible career in the mega cash-rich league. The former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper and now team mentor has revealed that he decided to rope Narine for the IPL after seeing the West Indian during his debut series in 2011. “I must have faced seven or eight deliveries and I thought this is the guy who is going to go out there and become the legend of the game, especially in T20 cricket,” Gambhir said in KKR Knights Dugout Podcast. “See where is Sunil Narine now? Probably the greatest bowler in IPL history,” he said.

Apr 21, 2024 12:15 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Will Cameron Green return to RCB’s Playing XI against KKR?

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Cameron Green missed the last two matches after a poor start to the season, however, after  RCB’s dismal show against SRH in the last match, the team management might give a second thought to their decision. Having a fast-bowling allrounder is an asset for any side but Green failed to live up to the expectations thus far.

Apr 21, 2024 12:07 PM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Head to Head

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders have enjoyed success against Royal Challengers Bengaluru right from the first match of the IPL history. In terms of head-to-head, both sides have faced each other in 33 IPL matches with KKR leading 19-14 against RCB. With five consecutive defeats, the bottom-ranked RCB now confront the daunting task of winning their remaining seven games to keep their playoff prospects alive.

Apr 21, 2024 11:54 AM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: RCB vs KKR at Chinnaswamy

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: When the two sides faced each other in the first half of this season, KKR came out on top with a seven-wicket triumph. Chasing 183, KKR raced to 186/3 in 16.5 overs, courtesy of some dominant batting from Venkatesh Iyer (50), Sunil Narine (47) and Shreyas Iyer (39*). Earlier, batting first, Virat Kohli smacked 83* off 59 balls for RCB, taking them to 182/6 in 20 overs. For KKR’s bowling department, Andre Russell and Harshit Rana bagged two wickets each respectively.

Apr 21, 2024 11:44 AM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Sunil Narine – The Man in form

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: The RCB bowlers need to get their plans right for Sunil Narine who  has been one of the most explosive openers this season in IPL. Narine, who scored his maiden T20 century in their last match against RR, is KKR’s leading run-getter this season with 276 runs at an incredible strike rate of over 187. The star all-rounder also scored 47 runs off 22 balls when the two teams met each other earlier this season.

Apr 21, 2024 11:32 AM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Dinesh Karthik – The Saviour

Dinesh Karthik has been the lone warrior for Royal Challengers Bengaluru this season in the lower-middle order. The veteran wicketkeeper fought a lone battle in a couple of matches to give RCB a fighting chance but the lack of support from the other end hurt the team He has scored 226 runs in seven matches at an average of 75.33 with a strike rate of 205.45. He has struck two half-centuries, with the best score of 83. He has carried an inconsistent RCB line-up along with star batter Virat Kohli also coming up with some impressive innings.

Apr 21, 2024 11:21 AM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Glenn Maxwell expected to miss out again 

Glenn Maxwell, who missed the last match against SRH citing a mental health break, is expected to be on the bench once again on Sunday. Maxwell has revealed that he is also nursing a “hip strain” and is unlikely to return for his team’s away IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday. The star all-rounder has been in horrible form this season and managed just 32 runs in six innings with an average of 5.33. He has already registered three ducks this season and struggled miserably against both spinners and pacers.

Apr 21, 2024 11:07 AM IST

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: All eyes on Virat Kohli

IPL 2024, KKR vs RCB IPL Live Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru continue to rely heavily on Virat Kohli in the batting department as he has been the leading run-getter at the moment with 361 runs at 72.20. However, minimal support from the other end has impacted his strike rate in the middle overs which has put him under the scanners this season. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on him once again when he enter the Eden Gardens on Sunday for the mega clash against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Apr 21, 2024 10:51 AM IST

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of match 36 of IPL 2024 where Kolkata Knight Riders host Royal Challengers Bengaluru at Eden Gardens. Stay tuned for more updates!