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IPL 2021 KKR v RCB preview: Dream11 prediction, fantasy tips & probable XI for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

In the 30th game of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – here are some Dream11 fantasy predictions and tips for the game.

The Knight Riders meet Royal Challengers Bangalore with both teams slightly messed up in terms of team composition. While KKR head coach Brendon McCullum hinted strongly at changes to the team, RCB would also be eyeing changes with plans that were successful earlier collapsing in a heap outside Chennai.
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Head to head record

Overall: KKR 15 – 13 RCB
Since 2019: KKR 1 – 4 RCB

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KKR RCB Dream11 Fantasy tips

  • Two factors that could come into play this game are RCB’s middle-order against two mystery spinners and Kolkata likely making personnel changes after McCullum’s comments
  • Sunil Narine, if he plays, and Varun Chakravarthy are must picks for this game as is Shakib Al Hasan if KKR play him as the spinners can easily tie down RCB’s middle-order.
  • Devdutt Padikkal is a good player of spin and could get away with a few runs as could Glenn Maxwell. AB de Villiers, despite the evident weaknesses against the googly making him vulnerable to Chakravarthy, could take off like he did in the previous encounter in Chennai in a day game. Virat Kohli’s spin issues make him a suspect pick, especially as it makes it tough to get better players because of his high credits.
  • It’s difficult banking on KKR batsmen in this kind of form, but Rahul Tripathi is a decent pick. Andre Russell is a must pick from the all-rounder category.
  • Mohammed Siraj is used as a top-tail bowler now and KKR’s vulnerability combined with Harshal dwindling returns makes Siraj’s value in the two phases really good.

Probable XI for KKR RCB

RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

KKR: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill/Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh/Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson/Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

Rewind: Last three matches between KKR & RCB

IPL 2021: RCB won by 38 runs
IPL 2020: RCB won by 82 runs
IPL 2020: RCB won by 8 wickets

KKR RCB Dream 11 Team

Potential swaps

Shakib/Ferguson (if they play) for Narine
Kohli for de Villiers
Rana for Tripathi

Captaincy options in order

Russell, Chakravarthy, Maxwell, Narine, Chahal


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