Date: 20th September, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Preview: The phase 2 of Indian T20 League 2021 is finally commencing in UAE on September 19, 2021 with Mumbai taking on Chennai in the opening game of UAE leg. In the second game, Kolkata are set to lock horns with Bangalore, the two sides have had quite interesting games, whenever they faced each other. The last time these two met ABD and Glenn Maxwell’s phenomenal performances powered Bangalore to a striking win. The stage is set for some exciting cricketing action when the two sides meet each other on September 20, 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Analysis: The Virat Kohli-led franchise has had a relatively good start this season and sit at the 3rd place on the points table and will aim to keep the momentum going in the remaining half of Indian T20 League. The duo of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers have been the best performers for Bangalore and should be a must have in one’s fantasy. The two are excellent captain choices as well. Besides, skipper Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal can also be considered bankable choices. Lastly, Harshal Patel, who currently owns the purple cap, along with Yuzvendra Chahal is a smart bowling choice from the franchise.
Unlike their opponents, Kolkata have had a slow start to Indian T20 League 2021, currently languishing at the 7th position, winning only 2 out of the 7 games that they have played. However, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill’s contribution will be of utmost importance for Kolkata. With the Eoin-Morgan led side missing the services of Pat Cummins, who has been their highest wicket taker, all-rounders Andre Russell and Sunil Narine’s contributions are equally important for the side.
People’s Pick for Fantasy:
Probable Playing XI
Kolkata- Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson
Bangalore- Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Kyle Jamieson, Shahbaz Ahmad, Rajat Patidar, Tim David
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game:
Bangalore and Kolkata both have a neck-and-neck winning ration; however, given Bangalore’s form this season, they are likely to start off as favourites in phase 2.
Head to Head- In terms of the overall IPL stats, in 27 games played, Kolkata have won 14, while their opponents have won 13 games.
Recent Form- Talking about the recent match-up between the sides, owing to the masterclass performance by Bangalore’s middle order duo – Maxwell and De Villiers, Bangalore won the game by 38 runs against the Knight Riders.
UAE Factor- Notably, last edition of Indian T20 League which took place in UAE, both the team had a mid-table finish with Bangalore making it to the playoffs, while Kolkata finished at the fifth position.
Wicketkeepers: AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kyle Jamieson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
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