Updated: May 5
Series: IPL 2023
Match: RCB vs KKR, 36th Match
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
RCB vs KKR
On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team will compete against the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team in the 36th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. This match is one of the 74 T20 matches scheduled for IPL 2023. The game will take place at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and will begin at 7:30 PM local time.
The toss for the match will be conducted 30 minutes before the start of the game at 07:00 PM. Faf du Plessis will captain the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, while Shreyas Iyer will lead the Kolkata Knight Riders team.
KKR vs RCB Pitch Report
The pitch report for the KKR vs RCB match at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru suggests that the pitch generally favors the batsmen, and has witnessed high-scoring T20 matches in the past. As the pitch wears out, spinners might find some assistance.
KKR vs RCB Weather Forecast
The weather forecast for the KKR vs RCB match on Wednesday in Kolkata predicts a maximum temperature of 37°C with humidity around 44%. There is no possibility of rain.
KKR vs RCB Prediction
RCB has good chances to win over KKR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has a reputation for always being the runner-up. They made it to the final three times in the past (in 2009, 2011, and 2016) but were unable to win. In the past, they had some excellent players, including Kohli and De Villiers. In 2023, they made it to the playoffs, but they finished in fourth place. However, RCB has made it to the playoffs in the last three seasons, which is a good accomplishment.
In terms of strengths, RCB has a well-balanced team this season. The top order is strong with players such as du Plessis, Kohli, Patidar, and Maxwell, and Karthik is an established finisher in the lower order. Additionally, Harshal Patel, Hasaranga, Siraj, and Hazlewood are all experienced T20 bowlers.
One of RCB's weak points is their bench, which consists of relatively unknown players such as Sonu Yadav, Avinash Singh, Rajan Kumar, Manoj Bhandage, and Himanshu Sharma. The team's success will depend on the fitness of their starting eleven players.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been one of the most successful franchises in the IPL, following closely behind MI and CSK, having won the IPL trophy twice in the past. They performed well in the 2021 season, reaching the final but losing to CSK. However, they finished in 7th place in the IPL 2022 season.
One of KKR's strengths is their strong batting depth, including players such as Venkatesh Iyer, N Jagadeeshan, Shreyas, Nitish Rana, Russell, Shakib Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, Narine, and Shardul.
However, the team's reliance on the likes of Russell and Narine, who may be past their prime, could be considered a weak point.
Previous Wins: 2012, 2014
KKR Recent Performance
On April 1st, KKR played against Punjab Kings and won the match. KKR scored 191 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs, while Punjab Kings scored 146 runs for 7 wickets in 16 overs.
On April 6th, KKR played against Royal Challengers Bangalore and won the match. KKR scored 204 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs, while Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 123 runs for 10 wickets in 17.4 overs.
On April 9th, KKR played against Gujarat Titans and lost the match. Gujarat Titans scored 204 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs, while KKR scored 207 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.
RCB Recent Performance
On April 2nd, RCB played against Mumbai Indians and won the match. RCB scored 172 runs for 2 wickets in 16.2 overs, while Mumbai Indians scored 171 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.
On April 6th, RCB played against Kolkata Knight Riders and won the match. RCB scored 204 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs, while Kolkata Knight Riders scored 123 runs for 10 wickets in 17.4 overs.
On April 10th, RCB played against Lucknow Super Giants and lost the match. RCB scored 212 runs for 2 wickets in 20 overs, while Lucknow Super Giants scored 213 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Faf du Plessis (Captain)
Suyash S Prabhudessai
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Shreyas Iyer (Captain)
Shakib Al Hasan