Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday afternoon. RCB has so far played two games and has won both the occasions. First, against MI, and next against Sunrisers, both were close games, and the team will look for a similar encore.
At the time of the toss, Virat said, " We will bat first, the pitch will become slower and slower as the game goes on, but this surface looks better, want to put up a decent total player. WE're playing three overseas players - Dan Christian misses out, Rajat Patidar is in. We just want to do a professional job, do the process right, take one game at a time and enjoy -keep calm under pressure.
On the other hand, Morgan said, "We were looking to bat first as well, we've played good cricket despite the last game. No changes for us, same team. We have done pretty well in the first two games, and want to finish things in Chennai on a high. When I was the vice-captain, my role was to support DK, now as a captain, it's just about letting the team flow and make the correct decisions on the field. Obviously, have a lot of support from the backroom staff. KKR won their IPL opener but were defeated against Mumbai Indians. Dan Christian misses out, Rajat Patidar comes in for RCB. Meanwhile, KKR has gone in with a unchanged squad.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal