Royal Challengers Bangalore lost two out of the last three matches while Kolkata suffered five defeats in seven matches.

Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore will take back their mojo when they face Kolkata Knight Riders, who need a complete overall for their IPL revival here on Monday.

Leading the table with four wins on the trot, the Virat Kohli-led side has slipped to third place at the half after suffering two defeats from their last three games.

In fact, RCB would have lost three consecutive matches, if fast bowler Mohammad Siraj would not have defended 14 runs in the final over against Delhi Capital’s explosive pair of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.

Once again, KKR’s batsmen will begin to put pressure on the famous batting lineup of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell.

Talented opener Devdutt Padikkal will also be keen to return between runs even after scoring an unbeaten 101 against Rajasthan Royals.

KKR, who started the season with a lot of promises under Eoin Morgan, have so far failed to inspire them to suffer five defeats in seven matches. They are sixth in the table of eight teams, ending their third consecutive season.

The biggest rhythm for KKR this season has been their top-order batting as the top three Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi have failed to give the team a good start.

The highly talented Gill struggles in the T20 scheme of things and has failed to convert his debut at the top, while the likes of Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have been patchy.

Head coach Brendon McCullum questioned the ‘intentions’ of his batsmen after reaching a score below 154/6 to go down the Delhi Capitals by seven wickets in their last match.

In the same stage under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik in the IPL 2020 in the UAE, the team had a better performance with four wins and three defeats, before leaving the captaincy to the English World Cup winning captain Morgan. gave.

Looking at the current scenario, Captain Morgan needs to make some tough calls regarding his top order, something he has been stuck with to do since the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.

It is a pity that KKR are yet to get the new signing of Karun Nair, who has a strike rate of 155.49 and two centuries as a T20 opener. He has also uncapped talented batsman Venkatesh Iyer.

On the other hand bowling has been affected, especially the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty. Their eight overs against the likes of Kohli, de Villiers and Maxwell will be crucial as they avenge their first leg defeat.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Naren, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Locker Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prisidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi , Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Samms, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar. Mohammad Azharuddin, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudesai, KS Bharat and Finn Allen.

Matches begin: 7.30 pm IST