Do or die match for Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir's army in front

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
3 Min Read

Kolkata. To keep alive the hopes of winning the Indian Premier League title, Virat Kohli's team will face the in-form Gautam Gambhir's team on Sunday. Royal Challengers Bangalore, fed up with defeat after defeat, know very well that there is no scope for any mistake now, hence they will have to perform well at all costs in the Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

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After six defeats out of seven matches, RCB's dream of winning its first IPL title seems to be dashing. After five consecutive defeats, RCB is at the bottom of the points table and will have to win the remaining seven matches to maintain playoff hopes. RCB's weak link has been its bowlers and the team has been completely dependent on the batting of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Karthik. In such a situation, the challenge of KKR will be very difficult for him.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had made the highest score of the tournament against RCB, 287 runs for three wickets. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is also struggling for form, who did not play against Sunrisers citing mental fatigue. After them, the team is dependent on Kohli, Duplessis and Karthik in batting. Kohli has scored 361 runs at an average of 72.20 but the strike rate of 135 is a matter of concern. He is not able to score fast runs against the spinners between the seventh and 15th overs. Karthik has scored 226 runs at an average of more than 205. Against Sunrisers he had scored 83 runs in just 35 balls.

These three are now facing bowlers like Sunil Narayan, Mitchell Starc and Harshit Rana. In the last match, KKR was defeated by Rajasthan Royals on the last ball. KKR has played one match less than RCB and will be eyeing to return to winning ways. Narayan has shown not only spin bowling but also batting skills. He scored his first T20 century in the last match against Royals. His strike rate is similar to that of dangerous batsmen like Rinku Singh and Andre Russell.

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