Kolkata and Bangalore will be featuring in the 31st match of the 2021 season at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. It will be the second game of the UAE leg. The match will be starting at 7:30 PM (IST) and the live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
It will be the second game between both teams this season. On 18th April 2021, Kolkata and Bangalore played the first game. They were supposed to play the second game on 3rd May. A few players from the Kolkata camp tested positive before the game, and Bangalore refused to take the field against them. At first, it was announced that the match would be rescheduled. However, after a few more players tested positive for the COVID-19, the tournament was postponed.
Both the teams have made a few changes to their squad due to the non-availability of some players. For Bangalore, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeljein, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, and Washington Sundar won’t be available. They have included Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, and Akash Deep in the squad.
For Kolkata, Pat Cummins made himself unavailable for the remainder of the Indian T20 League. The team has included Tim Southee in place of him. We have included today's match playing 11, today's match prediction, pitch report today's match, today’s weather report, and other essential details in this fantasy cricket article. Do follow it until the end to know more about the game.
Kolkata and Bangalore have played 28 games against each other in the Indian T20 League. Kolkata has won 15 games, and Bangalore has won 13 games. Both the teams have almost matching records in Bangalore vs Kolkata Head to Head results.
Kolkata has won seven games while batting first and eight games while batting second. Bangalore has won only three games while batting first and has won ten games while batting second. Bangalore has won the last four games against Kolkata.
This section contains today playing 11 for both teams.
Kolkata Playing 11
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Bangalore Playing 11
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Azharuddin, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
1. Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana is the leading run-scorer for Kolkata in the tournament. He has scored 201 runs in seven games at an average of 28.71 and a strike rate of 122.56. He has hit 21 fours and nine sixes in the tournament. Last season, he made 352 runs in 14 games at an average of 25.14 and a strike rate of 138.58. He was one of the leading run-scorer for the team.
2. Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi has made 187 runs in seven games at an average of 26.71 and a strike rate of 135.50. Kolkata allowed Tripathi to bat in the top-order in this season, and he delivered. He is someone who can score runs at a pace and is also known to strike the ball ideally during the powerplay overs.
1. Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is the leading run-scorer for the Bangalore team in the tournament. He has made 223 runs in seven games at an average of 37.16 and a strike rate of 144.80. He has one of the best strike rates in the tournament. Maxwell is one of the missing links in Bangalore’s batting lineup. He has provided the support to the team that they needed for a long time.
2. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is an important character in Bangalore’s lineup. He is the second leading run-scorer in the tournament. He has made 207 runs in seven games at an average of 51.75 and a strike rate of 164.28. AB de Villiers has hit two half-centuries in the tournament. His highest score is 76 not-out off 34 balls, and it came against Kolkata only in the first game.
You can pick Glenn Maxwell or Andre Russell as the captain of today's Indian T20 League match. You can pick AB de Villiers or Devdutt Padikkal as the vice-captain of the Indian T20 League match today.
Today Match Pitch Report
Kolkata and Bangalore will be playing this game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. A total of 53 T20s have been played on this ground. The team batting first has won 26 games, and the team batting second has won 27 games. The average score on this ground is 163 runs. A score between 150 and 169 runs has been scored on 17 occasions. The cricket pitch might provide enough support to batters.
Today’s Weather Report
The match will start at 6:00 PM local time. The temperature is likely to remain over 30°C during the game, and the atmosphere is expected to stay very warm. The probability of precipitation is zero. Also, the cloud cover will remain zero throughout the game.
Bangalore has won more games than Kolkata in the tournament. Also, last year Bangalore won both the games against Kolkata in UAE. Our today match prediction is Bangalore might win. It was our Kolkata vs Bangalore match prediction today article. We are going to provide fantasy cricket tips & tricks throughout the tournament. Do follow our social media handles to remain updated.