Match Preview – RCB vs KKR, IPL 2021, 10th Match

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KKR’s intimidating middle-order hasn’t yet found its groove, while RCB have ticked off a fair few boxes

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli are not in this position very often: top of the table, the only unbeaten side after two rounds of games, and with a chance to complete a hat-trick of wins in IPL 2021. But they would be wary of reaching grand conclusions just yet, because the last time they won their first two games (IPL 2014), they crashed and burned to finish the league stage at seventh spot. And therefore, Kohli’s men need to continue doing what’s got them success so far, while ironing out the few flaws they’ve had.

Going into the game, what will give them confidence is that it’s their third straight game in Chennai. They’ve won batting first and second on the Chepauk surface. Glenn Maxwell has looked comfortable at No. 4, and the presence of AB de Villiers at No. 5 has given their batting order a new dimension, helping them shed the ‘top heavy’ tag. Their other positive – and it’s a big one when it comes to the Royal Challengers – is that they have taken 18 wickets in two games.


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