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KKR Elect to Bat First vs RCB, Andre Russell Sits Out

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bat first against Virat Kohli’s RCB.

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Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bat first against Virat Kohli’s RCB.
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Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bat first against Virat Kohli’s RCB at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Two changes in their squad with Tom Banton and Prasidh Krishna coming in for Andres Russell and Shivam Mavi.

‘Andre picked up a niggle in the last game and Narine isn't hundred percent,’ says Morgan after announcing his squad.

Playing XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Mohammed Siraj, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Tom Banton, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

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Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to maintain the momentum they generated from the morale-boosting Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their last outing.

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson roared into the tournament with exceptional figures of 3/15 (four overs) besides 2/2 in the Super-Over to help KKR collect 2 points.

On the other hand, RCB's opener Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers and captain Virat Kohli have all managed to find form with the bat. Kohli, who was struggling in the initial few games of the season, has led his team from the front, while de Villiers has done what he is best known for.

Against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their last contest, de Villiers single-handedly blew away the opponents as he smashed 55 of just 22 deliveries. Moreover, the last time the two sides faced each other, de Villiers hammered 73 off 33 balls.

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