Indian Premier League 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 36th Match Preview and Updates

In the 36th game of the Indian Premier League 2023, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to maintain their form against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Royal Challengers will be buoyed by their recent close win over the Rajasthan Royals. The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a crushing defeat against the Chennai Super Kings and must now recover.

The Kolkata Knight Riders have lost four games in a row. Their form with the ball has been dismal, with the bowling attack failing on the majority of occasions. The Royal Challengers are in good form, and they play on their home turf. It remains to be seen whether KKR can win this game and resurrect its season.

The 36th Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place on April 26th, 2023 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Match Details to Note

Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 36th Match, Indian Premier League 2023

Date: April 26, 2023 (Wednesday)                                              

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Match Odds – 1.78):


Virat Kohli will be pleased with his team’s performance after a 7-run win over the Rajasthan Royals in the previous game. The team has won three of their last four games and will be confident playing at home. The Royal Challengers captain would like to see his middle order improve, as it has been one of the team’s major concerns.

With nearly 700 runs between them, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli have been in sublime form. The duo will need to get off to a good start. Glenn Maxwell has scored runs, but the rest of the middle order has struggled, and runs from Shahbaz Ahmed and Mahipal Lomror are needed. Down the order, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Suyash Prabhudessai must contribute with the bat.

Mohammad Siraj has bowled well and will look to strike early with the new ball, which he will share with David Willey. Hasaranga has a lot of experience and will need to bowl well with Maxwell in the middle overs. Vijaykumar Vyshak and Harshal Patel must perform admirably in the supporting role, as their bowlers have not been in top form.

Full Squad:

Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Michael Bracewell, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav

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Players to watch out for:

Virat Kohli

Competing for the orange cap this season, Kohli has scored multiple half-centuries but missed out on a golden duck the previous game. He’d be looking for redemption in Match 36.

Faf du Plessis

The South African star single-handedly stabilized the entire batting innings, allowing Maxwell to play freely. The veteran right-handed batter scored 62 runs off 39 balls while batting at a strike rate of 158. For those who are unaware, he is the top run-scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore, leading the orange cap race with 405 runs.

Harshal Patel

As an impact substitute in the previous game, Harshal Patel took three wickets in four overs, conceding 32 runs.

Possible Playing XI:

Virat Kohli (c), Faf du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, David Willey, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Harshal Patel

Kolkata Knight Riders (Match Odds – 2.15):


Nitish Rana’s team had reached a crossroads in the middle of the season. They started well, but have since slipped in form, coming into this game with four straight losses. Their bowlers struggled in the previous game, losing by 49 runs after conceding 235 runs bowling first. For the team to win, the players must work together and the bowling attack must deliver.

In most games, the opening combination hasn’t clicked, and they need a strong start from N Jagadeesan and Sunil Narine. Venkatesh Iyer, Jason Roy, and Nitish Rana have all made significant contributions and will need to perform well in the middle order. KKR has batting depth, and they will rely on the power-hitting trio of Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, and David Weise to deliver in the final act.

The bowlers must rethink their strategy, and they will need good spells from Umesh Yadav and David Wiese with the new ball. Varun Chakaravarthy, Narine, and Suyash Sharma must use their variations to trouble RCB’s middle order, which has struggled recently. For the team to win, Kulwant Khejroliya and Russell must perform well in the supporting roles.

Full Squad:

Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N. Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Shakib Al Hasan

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Players to watch out for:

Venkatesh Iyer

This Southpaw has not only scored a ton in this edition, but he is also the team’s leading scorer with 254 runs. He’s hit 16 sixes and 21 boundaries.

Varun Chakravarthy

The young Indian spinner has been the most effective for KKR, taking 10 wickets at an average of 21.

Jason Roy

The Englishman was the only batsman who fought hard against CSK’s bowling lineup in the previous game. He batted at a strike rate of 234 and scored 61 runs off only 26 balls.

Possible Playing XI:

Nitish Rana (c), N Jagadeesan (wk), Jason Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Suyash Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy Venkatesh Iyer (Impact Player)

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Top Team Batsmen

The three obvious choices from the RCB batting unit are Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell. While the former two are competing for the orange cap this season, with the South African star leading the pack, Maxwell, too, has found form, scoring 77 runs off 44 balls against RR.

We recommend Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, and Jason Roy from the KKR betting unit. While the captain has had many good starts, he has been unable to convert them into big innings. On the other hand, Roy appears to be the franchise’s only batsman in form, having smashed a brilliant half-century in the previous game.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Top Team Bowlers

We recommend Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, and David Wiley from the RCB bowling department. Because there is no help for spinners on this track, we recommend you go for fast bowlers who can pick up wickets early in the powerplay as well as in the death overs with their clutch slow balls.

We suggest Varun Chakravarthy, Kulwant Khejroliya, and Umesh Yadav. The latter two have raw pace that could assist him in dismissing the RCB openers if he gets an unexpected bounce. Varun, on the other hand, has previously demonstrated how his wicket-to-wicket length can be beneficial.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Head to Head

These two teams have faced off 31 times, with the Kolkata Knight Riders holding a 17-14 advantage. Furthermore, the previous meeting between these two teams ended with the former team winning by 81 runs. They scored 204 runs and outscored RCB by only 123 runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Head to Head Stats in IPL

  Matches Played RCB Won KKR Won Tie NR
Overall 31 14 17 0 0
Last 5 5 2 3 0 0

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction

The fast bowlers will benefit from the overcast conditions during the game. As the game progresses, the pitch will become easier to bat on. On this wicket, the team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bowl first.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Pitch Report

  1. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has always been a good hunting ground for batsmen due to its fast outfield and shorter boundaries. However, in overcast conditions, the surface aids fast bowlers. Smaller boundaries allow batsmen to easily hit the ball in the air. Spinners have always struggled at this venue.

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The weather will likely remain cloudy, with a chance of light rain. The pitch has not been typical of a Bangalore track, as batsmen have struggled to time the ball. It will most likely help the bowlers get started. The team batting first would aim for a total of around 180 runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Prediction

The Kolkata Knight Riders are in poor form and lack confidence. Their starting lineup has been inconsistent, and bowlers have failed to execute their strategies. The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s two most important players are in excellent form. They play at home and will have the support of the crowd. It makes them the odds-on favorite to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.78.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Glenn Maxwell scored 77 runs off 44 balls on Sunday and is our pick to be Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading run scorer against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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