Match and Pitch Condition
Weather: The temperature is expected to be around 25-30° and partly cloudy.
Pitch Condition: The wicket of the Eden Garden have pace and bounce so pacers are expected to come into play. The team winning the toss has mostly opted to bowl first here and if the last two matches are anything to go by, the team winning the toss would want to bowl first.
170-180 is expected to be par score here. KKR lost their last match against GL on their home ground.
- There is still no clarity over AB de Villiers’ fitness for the next match. If he is unfit, Travis Head is expected to get another opportunity.
- For the 3rd and 4th foreign players options, RCB is expected to play either two of the Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, and Adam Milne.
- KKR is expected to go with same playing XI into this match. However, they might look into bringing in Piyush Chawla for Kuldeep Yadav as RCB have five right-handed in the top six.
- They can also look to bring in Trent Boult in place of Chris Woakes.
Probable Playing XI: (In the Batting order)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes/Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers/Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind, Adam Milne/Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, Samuel Badree.
My Dream11 pick
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir(c), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Ishank Jaggi, Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Rishi Dhawan, Sheldon Jackson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Yadav, Rovman Powell, Umesh Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan.
Royals Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Vishnu Vinod (wk), Travis Head, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Harshal Patel, Aniket Chaudhary, Iqbal Abdulla, Praveen Dubey, Tabraiz Shamsi, Billy Stanlake, Adam Milne, Avesh Khan, Harpreet Singh.