Date: 3rd May 2021
Time: 7:30 PM(IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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In match 30 of the ongoing Indian T20 League, Kolkata lock horns with Bangalore and this will be the second time, the two teams will be facing each other in the ongoing edition of the tournament. The first encounter between these two teams witnessed a dominating performance from Virat Kohli & team as they had overwhelmed Kolkata by 38 runs. This game will be a crucial encounter for both teams and is slated to begin at 7:30 PM (IST).
Washington Sundar paved way for Shahbaz Ahmed in the previous game of Bangalore and we might witness Shahbaz getting an extended run in upcoming game too.
Meanwhile, for Kolkata, head coach Brendon McCullum had made it clear post their defeat to Delhi that there would be some changes in the playing XI. Hence, we can say that a change in the opening pair is on the cards. Either of Karun Nair or Sheldon Jackson can replace out-of-form Nitish Rana. Shakib al Hasan could replace Sunil Narine, who has failed with the bat so far.
Kolkata have endured a poor season so far and have managed to muster only 2 wins from 7 games. The lack of intent and aggression from the top order, overdependence on Andre Russell, have been some of the principal reasons behind this franchise’s failure. Varun Chakravarthy has been good with the ball so far in this tournament and had also picked up 2 wickets the last time these 2 teams had met. Andre Russell should be an obvious inclusion in your fantasy team because of the impact he brings.
Bangalore have been clinical throughout this tournament except for a couple of games. They are coming on the back of a loss to Punjab and need a win to get back into form and continue their dominance. Glenn Maxwell had scored 78 runs in the previous outing against Kolkata and he would be the cynosure of all eyes when the teams meet again on Monday.
Meanwhile, in the bowling department, Harshal Patel has picked up 17 wickets so far in the tournament and is the Purple Cap holder. The other important players will be Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Probable Playing XI
Nitish Rana/Karun Nair, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (w/k), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine/Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers (w/k), Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj
Wicket-keepers: AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Pat Cummins, Prasdih Krishna, Harshal Patel
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