Get Ball by Ball Commentary of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2021, Eliminator | ESPN.com

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Padikkal will take strike today.

5.57pm The Knight Riders are on the boundary line. Huddle done, and out they come. Fireworks on either side. And then out come Padikkal and Kohli after a fist bump. Good crowd in, the DJ wants the fans to chant “RCB, RCB…”

Jazon: “@Sreshth: please give us your opinion on Kohli choosing to bat first, sounds like a bad idea for RCB no? He usually thrives in chasing, as a batter!” — Here’s my theory. I think there are three factors:
1) RCB are better off facing 10-12 overs of KKR spin while the deck is newer and harder.
2) RCB bowlers can bowl on a “worn out” pitch that has shown variable bounce through this leg.
3) RCB are trying to create scoreboard pressure successfully. It has to be strategic (compared to “comfort” or “preference”) because teams (especially Kohli) love to chase in this format.

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Sanjana: “KKR has not lost a single match chasing in the UAE. Did RCB miss the trick?”

Amit: “Don’t know how good was the decision was to bat first. Every team is struggling to bat here. At least batting second would have given them a chance to bat according to score. “

The XIs.

KKR: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy

RCB: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj

5.30pm It’s time for the toss. Win toss, bat first and put runs on the board in a knockout? Kohli likes to chase, while Morgan is more of a #moneyballer, seeing what the surface has to offer. The average first-innings score at this ground has been 137 this season. The coin goes up…Virat Kohli wins the toss. “Bat first”, he says.

Kohli: “Unchanged XI. Nice hard surface so want to bat. Chasing has been challenging in Sharjah. A youngster stepped up in the last game to help beat a top side in Delhi. The way KS batted was particularly good. This is what the tournament is all about – youngsters stepping up. (About the knockout) Nothing different, nothing changes for us. We’ve still got areas to improve on, that will be our focus.”

Eoin Morgan: “We would’ve bowled first, so doesn’t bother us. We’ve played some good cricket, and guys are starting to establish themselves in their roles. Same team as before.”

How sustainable is KKR’s innovative high-risk approach? Sid Monga dissects.

Fasna: “Unless Kohli fires, I don’t think RCB can progress to the next stage. We can’t always rely on Maxwell to finish off the games. ” — He’ll definitely want to score more than the 28.50 he is averaging per match in IPL 2021.

5.05pm Daniel Vettori and Gautam Gambhir with the video preview of this contest.

Mustafa Moudi: “What a coincidence that Gambhir and Vettori are providing review for this match and both led these 2 sides in 2011 and both the current Skippers played under them in those side – Morgan under Gambhir in KKR and Virat under Vettori in RCB !! “

Can the Sharjah pitch favour KKR more than RCB? And how can KKR stop Glenn Maxwell? Saurabh Somani’s match preview has more.

Dhaval Shah : “I just hope this match goes down the wire like the one last night. Whoever handles the pressure situation wins!”

With the T20 World Cup around the corner, we hope you are enjoying all that our Hindi microsite has to offer. Thank you for the great response already, especially from overseas readers. For those of you who haven’t sampled ESPNcricinfo Hindi yet, here’s a stats preview of today’s eliminator.

5pm Its the eliminator of IPL 2021, and the brief is simple: Lose and its sayonara. Win and you live to fight another day.

Kolkata Knight Riders enter the game as the fourth-placed side, making it to this stage on the basis of NRR with 14 points, but form is on their side. Five wins in their last seven games, and it appears they have finally embraced the attacking batting style that Eoin Morgan and Baz McCullum enjoy as captains and players. We saw how well Morgan led England during the tense knockout stages of the 2019 ODI World Cup, will he be able to do the same with the KKR bunch this week?

At the other end, its the man who might just be playing his last IPL game as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain. Virat Kohli’s search for an IPL trophy as captain may remain elusive forever if he loses today, but there’s no indication to suggest they are pushovers. Nine wins in the league stage, every batter firing, purple cap holder, and buoyed by the last-ball six win courtesy Srikar Bharat.

So will the India captain triumph or the England captain? Remember, in just over a month this could be the two men who vie for the World T20 title on November 14. Toss at 5.30pm local, so sit back and enjoy the coverage with ESPNcricinfo.



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