Kolkata Knight Riders will play their second match tonight against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata Eden Gardens at 8 PM IST.
KKR, after their win over Mumbai Indians will strive to keep the momentum while Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their first match of the season.
The franchise captained by Virat Kohli was not under good books in the last season winning only 5 of their 14 league fixtures and finishing 7th in the standings. However, RCB retained all their key players besides adding bowlers like Adam Milne and Sean Abbott, and batsmen Dinesh Karthik, Darren Sammy and S Badrinath.
Under its skipper Virat Kohli, the team will be keen to leave the past behind and make a fresh start all over again. The captain had some very inspiration words for his team when he called on his teammates to “enjoy playing for RCB, enjoy the game thoroughly and play cricket as a unit”.
Where to Watch Live
The match today between RCB and KKR will start at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) and the live broadcast is is available in five languages in India on Sony Six (English), Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Kix (Tamil and Telugu) and Sony Aath (Bengali). For those online, free live streaming will be available at HotStar.
For UK cricket lovers of IPL, it is on Sky Sports, while the online live streaming will be available at Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports. Viewers in the Gulf or the Middle East can catch it on OSN TV channel, while those who want to watch the live-streaming can access the match on OSN website at OSN Play.
Elsewhere in the US, cricket fans, mostly Indians can tune in to ESPN or ESPN Cricket and those in Canada can watch the match on Sportsnet, while the online live streaming is available at Sportsnet World.
IPL broadcasting TV channels:
|Indian Sub Continent||Sony Max & Six|
|Middle East & North Africa||OSN Cricket|
|South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa||SuperSport|
|UK & Europe||Sky Sports|
|HongKong||Now TV (PCCW)|
|Singapore||StarHub & Singtel|
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Over the past year the Kolkata Knight Riders have successfully applied the formula of one of their openers preferably batting into the second half of the innings. The onus therefore will lie on the shoulders of skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa or Manish Pandey to set a platform so the explosive middle-order can then close the innings with a flourish. On the bowling front, Morne Morkel impressed in the season opener, clocking speeds in excess of 140kph consistently and generating steep bounce, and he will be expected to keep the lid on a formidable RCB batting lineup. Sunil Narine will continue to be a key factor too; the Trinidadian appeared rusty in the match against MI, but one can expect him to be on top of his game this time around.
Royal Challengers Bangalore play their first match of the season. The franchise didn’t have the greatest of times last season – winning only five of their 14 league fixtures and finishing 7th in the standings. The franchise have maintained all their key players, but have made a few exciting additions to their lineup at the Pepsi IPL 2015 Player Auction. They have bolstered their bowling line-up with the likes of Adam Milne and Sean Abbott, and have signed up experienced heads like Dinesh Karthik, Darren Sammy and S Badrinath. Under the flamboyant Virat Kohli, the team will be keen to leave the past behind and make a fresh start all over again. The captain had some very inspiration words for his team when he called on his teammates to “enjoy playing for RCB, enjoy the game thoroughly and play cricket as a unit”.
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers can individually win matches on any given day and hence will be the key personnel in RCB’s batting plans. On the bowling front, the team will miss the services of Mitchell Starc, who has been ruled out because of a knee injury. However, in Varun Aaron who has bowled quick in recent times, Sean Abbott and Adam Milne, they have a pace battery that can trouble the best in business.
KKR’s Morne Morkel running in to bowl to RCB’s AB de Villiers, who is one of the few players who can score in every area of the cricket ground, promises to be a mouth-watering contest. de Villiers’ assault on yet another of his South African teammate – Dale Steyn – in is now stuff of folklore. It will be interesting to see if Morkel can find a way to keep the dangerous de Villiers quiet.
The rivalry between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore dates back to the opening match of the IPL, when the former registered a thumping 140-run victory. Since then, the two teams have met on 13 other occasions with the honors split 7 to KKR and 6 to RCB. Recent history too is lop-sided in favour of KKR who have prevailed in each of their last three matches against RCB.
RCB do not have a great record while playing at Kolkata. They have managed just one win in five visits to the venue previously.
Chris Gayle scored the first of his four IPL centuries at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He scored an unbeaten 102 off 55 balls against the home team in 2011.
Sunil Narine boasts of an impressive career economy rate of 5.46 in T20 cricket. In the five IPL matches he has played against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, that number improves further – to a miserly 4.35.
KKR may win as Virat Kohli is under duress to regain his lost image in World cup semifinals. Mumbai Indians may strive hard to resist RCB. Odds are against them anyway.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:
Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (W), Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Brad Hogg, Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE:
Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Harshal Patel, Vijay Zol, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Subramaniam Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, David Wiese, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane.