A warm welcome to the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir’s team must win this game if they are to progress to the play-offs in a smooth manner while Virat Kohli’s side will be desperate to get off the bottom.
The last time Royal Challengers Bangalore squared off against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli’s team were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the history of the IPL. RCB never recovered from that result and they are languishing at the bottom. They can only spoil the play-off chances of some teams and Royal Challengers Bangalore can achieve it against Kolkata Knight Riders.
For Gautam Gambhir’s team, they seem to have suffered a loss in momentum after losing two consecutive games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant. A win today will make their path to the play-offs easier but a loss could give the likes of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and even Delhi Daredevils a lifeline.
With only three spots available in the play-offs following Mumbai Indians’ qualification, the pressure will be on Gambhir to snap this losing streak.