Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have a real challenge at hand early on in the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 to stay relevant in the race for top four. A four-match losing streak has not only dented their confidence; it has also got their fans venting their anger on social media (remember, those viral RCB memes). Needing a win would be an understatement given the situation because a fifth loss would be disastrous. Visitors Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be confident of getting the job done with the kind of displays they have had in the IPL 2019 so far. A minor blip against Delhi Capitals (DC) will most certainly be forgotten with a win in Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Here is our pick for the top 5 players to watch out for in RCB vs KKR, VIVO IPL 2019 Match 17. RCB vs KKR Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of IPL 2019 Clash, Here Are Match Results of Last 5 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Encounters!
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
If ever RCB needed their skipper to showcase why he is regarded as the best batsman in the world, it is now. Kohli has been poor in the early stages of the tournament, but he is a game changer in any format. What the Bangalore management will need is Virat Kohli to settle down against Kolkata and bat throughout holding one end.
Marcus Stoinis (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The Australian all-rounder is an impact player be it with the bat or bowl, and his 31 valuable runs against Rajasthan helped his team reach a decent total. He will take some time to get accustomed to a new team, but RCB can bank on Stoinis to deliver. He can certainly make a difference of few runs in the death with his six hitting abilities should his team bat first.
Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Andre Russell is pure value for money as his consistency in T20 format is staggering, to say the least. He does the demolition job with ease coming in the middle order and has runs under the belt in all the games KKR have played. With a bowl in his hand, he picks up crucial wickets and often the partnership breaker for Kolkata. It would not be wrong to label him as Kolkata’s best player.
Kuldeep Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders)
It was his pure genius that got KKR a super over against Delhi Capitals in a game the latter should have won with ease. The Indian international is a strike bowler for Kolkata and will look to pick wickets against Bangalore. The fragile RCB middle order only plays into the hands of Kuldeep who could rein havoc.
Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders)
In addition to his captaincy and wicket-keeping skills, we all forget how good a batsman Dinesh Karthik is, and his brilliant fifty in a tough situation against Delhi was reminiscent of that fact. He can be trusted to tidy the situation if KKR find themselves in a sport of bother against RCB.
A tough game for Royal Challengers Bangalore which is usually the case when you are the bottom ranked side in the league. It would be a surprise if they get the two points from this encounter.