KOL vs BAN Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Match 31, KOL Vs BAN : Preview, Match Details, Pitch Report, Probable XIs , Fantasy Picks
While Bangalore with 8 points is positioned at the third spot in the 8 team standings, Kolkata is tottering at the 7th place with just two wins in their kitty. Enduring a torrid first half, two time former champions Kolkata would be aiming a turnaround when they resume their campaign against Kohli’s men in match number 30 of the Ind T20 League 2021.
Morgan led Kolkata two wins earlier this year came against two floundering units, Punjab who are just a rung above them, and bottom placed Hyderabad. Kolkata would be relying heavily on the pair of Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana to deliver the goods in the batting department. Tim Southee who came in as replacement of the Aussie quick Pat Cummins will lead the charge with the ball
Bangalore on the other side comprise a formidable batting lineup with the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Virat by his own standards has been a little disappointing. He would look to get back to his very best against Bangalore’s opening fixture of the second leg. Mohommad Siraj, Kyle Jamieson and Yuzvendra Chahal will handle the bowling attack.
Ahead of this cracking contest, let us have a look at how these sides will fare out in today’s clash
Match: KOL vs BAN, 31st Match, Indian T20 League 2021
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch and Weather Report
The track at the Sheikh Zayed has traditionally been kind to batsmen. Despite enough swing on offer for the pacers, this wicket is good for playing shots through the line. Spinners will not get much help from the playing surface and would be wary of the shorter boundaries. The hot and humid conditions in UAE should suggest no possibility of rain. So, one can expect a full game of good cricket. The average temperature will hover around 42 degree celsius.
KOL vs BAN Sqauds
KOL: Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Siefert, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
BAN: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Srikar Bharat, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Suyash Prabhudessai, Yuzvendra Chahal, Fin Allen, Scott Kuggeliegn.
KOL vs BAN Probable XIs
KOL: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson
BAN: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal
Bangalore had an excellent outing in the first phase. They will look forward to continuing their good run in the tournament. Kolkata on the other hand have had a miserable season so far and would be keen to reverse their fortunes. Bangalore are a far more settled unit and look stronger on paper but we fancy Morgan’s men to edge past Kohli’s red army.
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