With Indian T20 League matches restarting after a long halt due to the COVID-19, Bengaluru and Kolkata are ready to play the 31st match of the Indian T20 League 2021 on 20 September, 2021. Till now, Bengaluru has managed to reach number 3 in the points table; meanwhile Kolkata is on the second lowest position. Bengaluru has played a great game so far in this league with 5 wins out of seven matches the team has played. The year doesn’t look as good for Kolkata as they have only won 2 matches out of the seven they played so far.
Bengaluru captain Kohli is confident with his team this year, his trustworthy batsmen are doing well and the bowlers are giving their best. RCB is working hard to make a mark and would hope to finally win a title this year. Kolkata is hoping for a comeback in the game, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, the team is hoping to get their game back and maintain a good position on the points table. The team will be practicing hard to defeat Bengaluru to make a statement in the second phase of IPL 2021.
The weather in Abu Dhabi on match day is going to be clear with highest temperature of 37°C and lowest of 33°C. The probability of rain is 0%, humidity will be 56%. The wind speed on the match day will be 19km/hr.
The pitch of Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a slow one, and favors the batsmen. The pitch can also help spin bowlers, with the dew that would set by the second innings, can make it harder for the swing bowlers. The pitch is a batting paradise and batsmen can manage to set a high score, as the pitch is flat with dry patches. The only asset in bowling would be the spinners.
Probable Playing XI for Bengaluru
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (capt), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Sams, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Playing XI for Kolkata
Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Gurkeerat Singh/Sheldon Jackson, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Key players of Bengaluru
AB de Villiers is one of the top performers of Bengaluru and he has shown a good game this year too. He is a hard hitter and reliable batsman that has led his team to victory in a number of matches and has a capability to change the result of the match in his favor. He is also dependable behind the wickets.
Washington Sundar is another key player as spin would be a great asset for a team and that’s why he is bound to perform well in the league, and show some majestic bowling skills.
Key players of Kolkata
Shubman Gill, the young batsman has proved to be one of the most dependable batsmen for his team so far in the season. He has managed to get the maximum number of runs among the batsmen in the team. Though, he too hasn’t been his best so far but his team is expecting to see him back in his game in the second phase of the Indian T20 League 2021.
Dinesh Kartik is the wicket-keeper/batsman of Kolkata and has given an excellent performance in both of his appointed roles in the season. His batting has not been at its best but he has been a dependable wicketkeeper for his team. Dinesh Kartik is known for comebacks and turning tables in the games.