- Royal Challengers Bangalore to face Kolkata Knight Riders today in 31st match of IPL 2021
- In the 27 matches played between the two teams, KKR has won 14
- RCB vs KKR match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 7:30 PM (IST)
The Kolkata Knight Riders’ side will be facing the match against the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore after losing 4 of their last 5 matches in IPL 2021 whereas RCB have won 3 of their last 5 matches.
Having said this, owing to a long break in the IPL 2021 campaign due to COVID-19, neither of the teams would be carrying any momentum from the winnings or baggage from the losses.
This will be the 2nd time RCB and KKR will face each other in IPL 2021. The first time these two teams faced each other was in match 10 at MA Chidambaram Stadium and was won by RCB by 38 runs after putting a high chase target of 205 for KKR.
KKR, as of now, sits 7th on the IPL 2021 points table with an NRR of negative 0.494 whereas RCB enjoys rank 3 on the table with a negative NRR of 0.171.
KKR Vs RCB Head To Head Stats
The last time KKR met RCB on the field was on 18th April 2021 2020 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in IPL 2021 which was won by RCB by 38 runs. An explosive inning from AB de Villiers scoring unbeaten 76 from just 34 deliveries help propel RC to 204 for a loss of 4 wickets. Glenn Maxwell, underperformer of IPL 2020, showed his class and scored 78 in 49 balls to help RCB in that match.
For KKR, the best inning came from the bat of Shubman Gill who scored 21 runs from just 9 balls but was soon sent back to the dressing room by Kyle Jamieson in the 2nd over of the match.
It never looked dicey or a difficult match for RCB who had the players from KKR under pressure right from the start, taking wickets at regular intervals. Though Siraj could not take a wicket in the match, he showed his importance with his bowling figures giving just 17 runs in 3 overs.
In the 27 matches played against each other, KKR has gone home victorious 14 times while RCB has won 13 times making them a very competitive side.
KKR Vs RCB Last 5 Encounters
18th April 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 38 runs
21st October 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wickets
12th October 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 82 runs
19th April 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 10 wickets
5th April 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets
Additioanl Stats Of KKR & RCB
KKR highest score against RCB: 222
RCB highest score against KKR: 213
Highest Individual Score against RCB: 158* (Brendon McCullum)
Highest Individual Score against KKR: 102* (Chris Gayle)
Most wickets for RCB against KKR: 17 (Vinay Kumar)
Most wickets for KKR against RCB: 16 (Sunil Narine)
Lowest KKR score against RCB: 84
Lowest RCB score against KKR: 49
Given how desperate KKR must be to climb up the IPL 2021 points table and the humiliating loss against RCB in their last match in IPL 2021, KKR would give their all and we think they will come out as winners in today’s match.