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Wednesday’s IPL clash sees Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Bengaluru to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. The hosts are strong favourites and have odds of 8/11 (1.73) to win. Kolkata Knight Riders are 11/10 (2.10) to pull off a surprise victory.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 36
- April 26, 2023 – 15:00 GMT
- M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 1 Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 2 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Match Predictions
- 3 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
- 4 How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
There were 15 wickets on this track with almost 380 runs across the game in the last fixture at this venue. We expect another surface which offers something for all types of player with a par score around 195.
We are expecting a cloudy day throughout Wednesday in Bengaluru but there is very little chance of rain spoiling the action. The temperature will be in the mid-high 20s with humidity growing as the game progresses.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Match Predictions
Looking at the form of these sides, you would wonder why they are bothering to even play the game! Kolkata Knight Riders have lost four in a row with Royal Challengers Bangalore looking for their third successive win. Our prediction is for a comfortable win for Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to hit most sixes
Varun Chakravarthy to be Kolkata Knight Riders' Top Bowler
These two teams hit sixes for fun and it is only Chennai Super Kings, sitting proudly at the top of the table, who average more sixes per game than either Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Although it is the Knight Riders who have hit more sixes so far, the top two six-hitters in the tournament, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell, are both in the Bangalore line-up! We are predicting many sixes with Royal Challengers Bangalore hitting the most.
Our prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to hit most sixes in the match at 5/6 (1.83).
With a strike-rate of 15.40 across the 2023 IPL, Varun Chakravarthy has been the standout bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders. Not only has he gone wicketless in only one game, but the spinner produced the best figures in any RCB v KKR fixture in history when he took 4-15 in Match 9. He has been in excellent form and we are backing him to be the main threat for Kolkata in this game.
Our prediction: Varun Chakravarthy to be Kolkata Knight Riders’ highest wicket-taker at 10/3 (4.33).
Man of the Match
Not even a rib injury has been able to stop Faf du Plessis’ charge for the title of the highest run scorer in the 2023 IPL. As with the last two games, he is likely to sit out the fielding innings with Virat Kohli taking over the on-field captaincy. The South African is averaging 67.50 in the tournament and averages 78.00 at this venue in the IPL.
Our prediction: Faf du Plessis to be the Man of the Match at 7/1 (8.00).
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders lead the head to head against Royal Challengers Bangalore 18-14 and have beaten then hosts in the last four matches at this venue. However, the form in this season is certainly with Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
There was an Englishman in for a South African in the Royal Challengers Bangalore XI ahead of their 7 run win over Rajasthan Royals as David Willey came in for Wayne Parnell. Willey was the most economical of Bangalore’s bowlers and we expect him to retain his place in this match.
Predicted XI: Virat Kohli (c), Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj
Kolkata Knight Riders
There were two changes for Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of their 49 run defeat to Chennai Super Kings with Namibia’s David Wiese and Narayan Jagadeesan coming in for Litton Das and Mandeep Singh. No matter what they try, they can’t find the winning combination at the moment!
Predicted XI: Narayan Jagadeesan (wk), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, David Wiese, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma
How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Irrespective of the result, this will be a very watchable game and we expect to see plenty of sixes! You can see every ball on the Sky Sports Cricket Channel or via the Sky Go App.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- Sky Go (Streaming)
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