IPL 2018: KKR sends RCB deeper into the mire

IPL 2018: Rain free Bengaluru to host nail biting clash of RCB vs KKR

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The visitors soon took command and though they needed to get 43 runs in the final four overs and lost Andre Rusell, first ball after Nitish Rana retired hurt, skipper Dinesh Karthik (23) provided the finishing touch to help KKR romp home deserving winners.

RCB lost next two back-to-back wickets in the 10th over when McCullum was caught off Russell and Manan Vohra (0) made a hash of a low full-toss.

The top guns - Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik - will again need to live up to the expectations by contributing in a big way. It is no secret that the power-hitter loves taking on the pacers and thus skipper Kohli didn't mind throwing even an inexperienced spinner like Murugan Ashwin at him. Tom Curran can come back in place of Johnson while Vinay Kumar might get a go ahead of Shivam Mavi, as this is his home ground. As Virat Kohli informed at the toss, he was sick and were forced to rethink their strategy for the game. First he swept one towards short fine leg and then a cross-batted shot towards deep midwicket fence. Looks a dry wicket, make best use of it initially. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries.

"The pitch is bringing out surprises everytime we bat". We have got the balance right, it is important that we trust the people we have in the XI rather than chopping and changing.

Keeping that in mind, RCB could play an extra local fast bowler as they have plenty of options available in the form of Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary or Navdeep Saini. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and pacers Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran were plundered by Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi in their last game and will look to bounce back strongly although it will be very hard at the batting-friendly M. Chinnaswamy wicket. Their two wins have comes against Kings XI (13 April) and Delhi (21 April).

Predictions: If RCB's batting fire properly, they might just take this one in their bag. In the absence of their most destructive T20 batsman, AB de Villiers, RCB seemed keen on saving as many wickets as possible for a proper tee off in the back end. With just 5 runs needed at that point, it was too little too late, but Kohli with that effort deprived Karthik of the joy of scoring the winning runs.

Bangalore however, have failed to find the flawless opening partnerships, which could be a major cause of concern.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee.

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