The IPL 2023 season has been an exciting one so far, with teams battling it out for a spot in the playoffs. In the 36th game of the season, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, April 26.
As the IPL reaches its midway point, the competition is intensifying among the top seven teams who are vying for a spot in the final four. One of these teams is Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have recently achieved back-to-back victories for the first time in IPL 2023. They will aim to continue their winning streak by securing a hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders in their upcoming match. However, RCB’s home record against KKR has not been impressive since the inaugural game of IPL in 2008, where Brendon McCullum set the tone. Their last victory against KKR at home was in 2015, and RCB will be eager to end this trend and secure a victory against an under-pressure KKR team, who have suffered four consecutive losses.
RCB’s performance in the current season of IPL has been inconsistent with four victories out of seven games played, which puts them in fifth position on the points table. During their last match against Rajasthan Royals, RCB managed to score a total of 189 runs while losing nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell both contributed with half-centuries. Harshal Patel was particularly impressive with the ball, claiming three wickets for 42 runs in just three overs. This win is expected to boost RCB’s morale as they prepare to take on KKR in their upcoming match.
On the other hand, KKR has had a disappointing season so far, winning only two out of seven games and currently sitting in eighth position in the points table. In their previous match against Chennai Super Kings, they failed to chase a target of 236 runs and ended up losing the game. While Jason Roy and Rinku Singh scored half-centuries for KKR, it was not enough to help the team cross the finish line.