The Indian Premier League is set to restart tomorrow in the UAE, but Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have to wait till Monday to face KKR.
The Challengers are currently third in the table after seven games, level on points with Chennai and two behind Delhi, who’ve played a game more. Kohli would love nothing more than to finally get his hands on the IPL crown, and he now has a couple of Sri Lankans to help him achieve his dream.
RCB signed Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera to replace Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa. Kohli, in a virtual event on Saturday, explained why his side decided to go with the two Sri Lankans.
Virat Kohli: Why RCB signed Hasaranga and Chameera
The RCB skipper told ESPNCricInfo: “Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa who were with us in the first leg for a bit. They were an integral part of the team. They made a decision not to play in the second leg for reasons which are absolutely understandable.
“The replacements we have got for those guys are two players who know these conditions. The conditions in the subcontinent this time of the year are pretty similar.
“Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera are two guys who have played so much cricket for Sri Lanka and they understand how to play on pitches like these and their skillsets will be of huge help for us, playing in Dubai, understanding how hot and humid conditions can be and how the pitches will play out, they know everything.”
KKR vs RCB preview
Royal Challengers Bangalore face the Kolkata Knight Riders at The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The men in purple and gold are stuck in seventh, just two points ahead of bottom place Hyderabad.
RCB have already played KKR in IPL 2021 and Kohli’s men battered them. Bangalore scored a mammoth 204 thanks to excellent performances from Glenn Maxwell (78) and AB de Villiers (76).
KKR only managed 166 in their 20 overs, giving RCB a convincing 28-run win. A repeat of that in Abu Dhabi on Monday will put Kohli’s men in the driving seat to qualify for the play-offs, but it will not be an easy game.