IPL 2023: Match 36 (RCB vs KKR) – 3 Player Matchups To Watchout For
By CricShots - Apr 26, 2023 12:33 pm
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be locking horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 36th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 26th April. This will be the second game between these two teams this season, Kolkata Knight Riders won the first match by a huge margin of 81 runs. 

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Royal Challengers Bangalore is currently placed fifth on the points table, with 4 victories in 7 matches. They have 8 points to their tally and a net run rate of -0.008. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have only managed to win a couple of games out of 7 this season, they are standing third-last on the points table with 4 points to their tally and a net run rate of -0.186.

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KKR will be coming into this game on the back of 4 consecutive losses while the RCB is coming on the back of 2 consecutive wins. These two teams have faced each other in a total of 31 games so far, where Kolkata won 17 games while Bangalore managed 14 wins. Another mouth-watering encounter is anticipated here between these two teams on Wednesday.

#1 Nitish Rana vs Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga

Nitish Rana has witnessed pretty up-and-down outings in the ongoing season but he will look to be more responsible. Meanwhile, Wanindu Hasaranga will aim to remove him early. Rana is scoring at a strike rate of 120 against leg-spinners in the IPL across 48 appearances and has amassed 480 runs while getting dismissed 18 times. In 21 innings against left-handed batters, Hasaranga has scalped 10 wickets and owns an economy of 9.22.

#2 Virat Kohli vs Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine

Virat Kohli has failed to do much while facing Sunil Narine over the years. The star batter has faced the mystery man 14 times in the IPL, scoring 102 runs at an average of 25.50. His strike rate of only 100 shows that he takes a cautious approach against the spinner. Narine has removed him four times and has conceded only one six and nine boundaries.

#3 Andre Russell vs Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel

Andre Russell had a very slow start to the campaign and would like to change that again early. Harshal Patel will be eyeing to outfox him with his wide array of slower balls. The duo has faced each other four times. In their previous outings, Russell has smashed 35 runs with a strike rate of 134.61. Harshal has had his wicket a couple of times.