RCB vs KKR Eliminator Live: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) square off with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2021 Eliminator in Sharjah. Kolkata had clinched two IPL titles in a space of three years in 2012 and 2014.
Bangalore skipper Kohli, on the other hand, will be eyeing the maiden IPL trophy on captaincy swansong. The winner of this contest faces the loser of Qualifier 1 (Delhi Capitals) while it will be the end of the road for the other team. [RCB vs KKR Eliminator Live Streaming IPL 2021: How to watch Bangalore vs Kolkata Live match]
19.58 IST: Ferguson with the breakthrough. Padikkal looks to swing one but picks up a thick inside edge to disturb the woodwork. First blow for RCB just before the end of Powerplay. Last match’s hero KS Bharat joins skipper in the middle. Bangalore 53/1 after 6 overs.
19.49 IST: Ferguson hurls one down Padikkal’s pads and he uses the pace to guide it towards short fine leg. Ferguson concedes 12 runs in the over as Bangalore continue with runs in the Powerplay. Bangalore 36/0 after 4 overs.
19.40 IST: Only a run from the first five deliveries but a no-ball on the last delivery cost Mavi eight additional runs. Kohli clears covers for a four and whacks it over backward point on the free hit. Bangalore 17/0 after 2 overs.
19.35 IST: Kohli frees his arms against Shakib and sweeps a floated delivery towards square leg. First boundary of the contest. Bangalore 7/0 after 1 over.
19.31 IST: Padikkal and Kohli are at the crease. Padikkal is on the strike. Shakib will open Kolkata’s bowling attack.
19.15 IST: Virat Kohli – “Looks like a great wicket, nice and hard. It gets tougher to bat here in Sharjah as the game progresses. Meetings have been pretty short and sharp. We have the ability to win games, nothing changes this being an Eliminator.”
Eoin Morgan – “We are feeling confident within the group, we are starting to come good as a team. We are playing with the same team.”
19.12 IST: KKR and RCB are meeting in the playoffs for the first time in IPL history.
19.00 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore have opted to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams are unchanged. No Andre Russell in Kolkata Playing 11.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
18.58 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal – “I have just looked to bring my confidence from the Sri Lankan series into this one. We are treating this as a quarter-final, it is a do-or-die game. We need to give not just 100% but 200 per cent here.”
18.40 IST: PITCH REPORT – This looks a much better track with that great Sharjah sheen. Looks like a polished tooth with not many cracks on it. Think it’s going to be a high-scoring match, says Matthew Hayden on the surface. Less than 30 minutes for the flip of coin.
18.15 IST: Bangalore had beaten Kolkata by 38 runs during the first phase of the tournament in India. But when the two sides met in Abu Dhabi, Kolkata secured a crushing nine-wicket win after bundling out Bangalore for just 92.
18.00 IST: Bangalore have no major injury concerns ahead of the eliminator game. Kolkata, meanwhile, had a fitness test for Andre Russell ahead of their final league match of the season. Head to Head: RCB 13 – 15 KKR.
RCB vs KKR Eliminator Preview: It will be a test of Virat Kohli’s tactical acumen against the ice-cool demeanour of Eoin Morgan when perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore clash with former champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Eliminator here on Monday.
Kohli, who has decided to step down from captaincy after this edition, has led RCB to the finals in 2016 besides reaching the playoffs twice in 2015 and 2020, and he would like to end things on a high in his last hurray as captain.
For Morgan, it is about regaining the lost glory for KKR, a team that achieved great success under Gautam Gambhir, who had led them to two IPL titles in a space of three years in 2012 and 2014. On paper, it would be a battle between two evenly-poised teams, but overall, KKR has a slight edge, having won 15 out of 28 matches they played over the years. [FULL PREVIEW]