AB clearing the ropes for fun
They only met last week and when they did it was a smashing, Match 39 of this seasons Dream11 Indian Premier League sees the Kolkata Knight Riders entertain the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both teams come in to this match on the back of wins last time out and know that this is a chance to take two points off one of their close rivals for a top four space.
Lots of sixes for Mr 360
He was the star when the teams met last time and he has carried on his form helping RCB win games since, AB de Villiers has looked in supreme form in this years IPL. He might only be 12th on the list for the orange cap, but 285 runs at an average of 57 with a strike rate of 190 is nothing to be sniffed at. And it was the South African who hit a sensational cameo of 55* from 22 balls to defeat the Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets on Saturday.
Chris Morris again shown Virat Kohli what he was missing not selecting him earlier on in the tournament taking four wickets including the scalps of Buttler, Stokes and Smith. They took their time in response letting the required rate climb to above 10 before de Villiers started his assault to the finish line.
Last time out it was an 82 run win for the Royal Challengers after all of their top four contributed to set KKR 195 to win. Morris and Washington Sundar took four wickets between them to restrict the Knight Riders to 112 in reply.
New man at the top
It’s a change in approach for the Kolkata Knight Riders for the remainder of the IPL season this year, with skipper Dinesh Karthik stepping down from his position. DK has been replaced by England white ball captain Eoin Morgan. Many people had called for Karthik to be dropped due to his indifferent form, but KKR are very lucky as not many teams can boast having someone as experienced as Morgan ready to take over.
In their last match, it took a super over to beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad. After setting them 164 to win following contributions from most of their batsmen, the bowlers held their own to keep them in the second innings. Like Chris Morris for RCB, Lockie Ferguson shown the hierarchy at KKR why they can’t afford to leave him on the side-lines anymore, taking three wickets in the match and then going on to take two in the super over. Not officially a five-for, but as good as for the Kiwi who pretty much single handedly won KKR the game.
It is a match that could easily be won by either side, they are both full of match winners. But the form of AB de Villiers and the firepower surrounding him in the RCB side means there will be maximums hit.
I am backing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to hit more sixes than the Kolkata Knight Riders at 2.00 with Betway.