IPL 2020: Top 3 picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders



Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a comprehensive victory over Chennai Super Kings in their previous fixture and are up against Kolkata Knight Riders in their seventh game of the season. Royal Challengers Bangalore are in the fourth position and will look to move up the table with a victory at Sharjah.

Despite starting the game slowly at Dubai International Stadium, Virat Kohli led his side from the front and scored an unbeaten 90 against CSK. The impactful innings was a major difference between the two sides as the score was propelled to 169.

In the bowling department, the inclusion of Chris Morris yielded positive results for the team as he dictated CSK’s innings throughout the game. Not only Morris, but every other bowler also had a great game at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.

Against KKR, RCB should be aware of the batting arsenal it possesses. The red-hot form of Dinesh Karthik can be a cause of concern for Virat Kohli. He will be looking to scalp the big wickets and win the game at iconic Sharjah.

Here are the top three picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore who can prove to be a match-winner on Monday:

#1) Virat Kohli

The things seemed to get more tough for RCB against CSK when they lost AB de Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal in a single over with the very little score on the board. At the end of 16 overs, RCB had barely crossed 100 and it was difficult for the team even score above 130. But, it was Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling innings at the fag end of the innings that led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a modest total. The total was sufficient to knock CSK down at Dubai International Stadium.

The Indian skipper is known for his traditional shots but even played lap shots on Saturday. He will be one of the top three picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore with Sharjah waiting for King’s arrival.

#2) Chris Morris

The Protean international didn’t start the season for Royal Challengers Bangalore because of minor injury concerns. He was included against in a crucial game against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday replacing Moeen Ali. The all-rounder justified his inclusion with superb bowling spell at both powerplay and death overs. He bowled an economic four overs where he conceded just 19 runs and picked three wickets.

KKR have players like Dinesh Karthik, Shubhman Gill and Rahul Tripathi who can be dangerous on their day. Chris Morris can be the game-changer with both bat and ball at iconic Sharjah where the biggest totals are chased with ease.

#3) Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling line-up is always considered as a weaker one as they tend to go for runs. However, in the presence of Yuzvendra Chahal and the slow surface of pitches in UAE, RCB have been able to defend the modest of the totals. Yuzvendra Chahal will be one of the top three picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders.

KKR have a big batting line-up with power-hitters like Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan. Chahal will have a big role to play against the Kolkata outfit and can prove to be detrimental for RCB’s aspirations to emerge victorious on Monday.