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IPL 2021-RCB vs KKR, Eliminator - Team Analysis & Prediction I So-Near So-Far

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-10-11 12:50:42


Clashing Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date: October 11th, 2021 (Monday)

Head to Head- Royal Challengers Bangalore- 13 and Kolkata Knight RIders- 16

Live Telecast- Star Sports Network and Hotstar App

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be boosted with their spirited performance in the concluding phase of IPL 2021. The red-army prospered into playoff positioning while carving out nine wins amongst fourteen charged-up group stage schedules. However, Virat’s brigade missed out crucial top two positioning citing inferior NRR to CSK. RCB will ride into nerve-testing ‘Eliminator’ on the back of a morale-elevating last-ball victory against a dominant DC side with a handsome seven wickets win. to take two points home.


Virat & Associates could walk into the knock-out match with unchanged batting line-up where skipper Virat Kohli alongside Devdutt Padikal may undertake the opening charge. Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat were the saviours of the preceding match while stitching a considerable 111-run partnership and may be cemented to third and fourth positioning simultaneously. English bowling all-rounder George Garton experienced wicket-less outing and team management could field Kyle Jamienson or Wanindu Hasranga for the high-voltage eliminator.

Kolkata Knight Riders

After carrying several nervy moments in the concluding phase of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders finally earned the ‘Q’ tag beside their name for maintaining superior NRR against MI, RR, and PBKS. Eoin Morgan led franchise exploded into top four positioning while registering a thumping win against Rajasthan Royals. Keeping the composed mindset, KKR batter ruled the first inning on a testing Sharjah track and piled-up 171 runs total. In search of some quick runs, RR batting advancement was ceased by tight bowling spells of KKR bowlers and in the end, they were deposited back in the pavilion at 85 runs bundling up 86 runs victory for Knight Riders and adding some crucial lead in overall NRR.

Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to field an unchanged playing XI, unless Andre Russell rebounds with full fitness. Lockie Ferugson returned to action against Rajasthan and could retain his spot in the playing XI against Tim Southee. The men in gold and purple jersey is time and again failing to exhibit a spirited performance in death overs and some magical performance from Shakib Al Hasan is due in the UAE leg of matches. In the bowling department, KKR carries edges with combo of two mystery spinners- Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy

Topbets Prediction

Both teams accelerated a soothing win on their last outings in Sharjah, and an equally poised Eliminator is ready to unfold in Wednesday’s Eliminator. While KKR experienced an upsurge in UAE leg, RCB performed with consistency throughout the season and this only fact can manifest Royal Challengers Bangalore being promoted to ‘Qualifier 2’. Sharjah track doesn’t facilitate high-scoring games and both teams need to bat patiently in the power-play phase of the match. Seeing bowling arsenals available in both franchises expect another 150-155 runs tussle that can end being the last over thriller.

Market Odds (As on 09:30 A.M)







Top Batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore- AB de Villiers- The name may shock many spectators, as AB has experienced compromised UAE leg of schedules but his experience of big stage matches and being the match-winner on many occasions installs him as ‘x-factor’ in RCB’s batting line-up.

Top Batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders- Shubhman Gill- This commendable youngster is turning out to be the futuristic arsenal for team India in the white-ball cricket. 22-year-old, Shubhman Gill has played 46 IPL innings so far and stockpiled 1119 runs with appreciable strike rate of 124.89 runs.

Probable Playing XI for the Eliminator

Royal Challengers Bangalore- Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, and Shivam Mavi.