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SportsCricket       IPL 2018 Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Preview And Predictions
                By Sachin Arora

SportsCricket IPL 2018 Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Preview And Predictions By Sachin Arora

AB de Villiers missed the last match due to illness, and he should be back to the starting lineup. The stakes are higher for RCB, for they're running out of home games.

The Colin de Grandhomme finish: After looking to be cruising at 121 for 2 at one stage, Bangalore lost wickets regularly, including three in an over to Hardik Pandya to be reduced to 143 for 7 going into the final over. The second expensive over was Hardik's after Brendon McCullum had scratched his way to nine off six balls. When the Kiwi scooped a Hardik full-toss on the middle stump over wicketkeeper Kishan's head for a six, it reminded many of his blazing hundred (87-ball 116) at Christchurch against Australia in 2010. Royal Challengers has a list of strong and seasoned batsmen like Virat Kohli, etc. Duminy and Cutting did not get to bat, while Cutting's one over went for 14 runs.

OVER No 20: This over turned the match over its head.

They could, however, bring back Mustafizur Rahman (against whom de Villiers has a T20 strike rate of 94.7) for Mitchell McClenaghan (v de Villiers, strike rate 191.2). It was fifth defeat from seven games and Royal Challengers are now reeling at the seventh spot in the table. He did an encore in an important match.

There is something special about Umesh Yadav bowling at the top in the powerplay.

Sky Sports' coverage means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app. Result was negative for him. The dashing Brendon McCullam, back against KKR made a favourable impression and the onus will be on him and Quinton de Kock to provide a flawless platform to Kohli and de Villiers to land the knock-out blows. He animatedly requested for a review and that was not wasted.

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Mumbai Indians, who have the additional burden of being the defending champions, will feel they have been hard done by after finishing on the wrong side of several last over finishes.

In fourth over Manan Vohra smashed JP Duminy for two fours and a sixes off consecutive deliveries, RCB got 22 runs from it. Score 33/0. It is the home match for Royal Challengers Bangalore and away matches for Mumbai Indians.

Will there be an encore or will they be able to buck the trend? But failed to chase the target and lost the match. Vohra scored 45 off 31 balls in his innings which included four sixes and two fours. After the match, Kohli dedicated the win to his wife Anushka Sharma on what was her 30th birthday.

The result keeps the Challengers alive in the competition, with a record of three wins and five losses.

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