On the other hand, RCB is again the strongest team on paper with some big hitters like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Corey Anderson. RCB were blown away by Kolkata's bowlers past year after being bowled for a lowly 49 runs.
The second match on Sunday saw Kolkata Knight Riders take on Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Eden Gardens, and it was the hosts who triumphed as they beat Virat Kohli's side by four wickets to get their tournament off to the flawless start.
Later, Kohli and de Villiers were involved in a 64-run third-wicket stand before the latter was sent back by Nitish Rana - who in the very next delivery got rid of the Bangalore skipper. Within two balls, Rana claimed world cricket's two-most destructive batsmen and set Kolkata on a course for victory. Three matches went with the side batting first and four to the chasers so there's no real indicator there as to what to do at the toss. Here we pick the expected playing XI for RCB.More news: Trump declares DACA dead
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Writing in his column for Times of India, De Villiers said the ongoing season of the cash-rich league was his eighth with RCB.
I'm ignoring Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine - both tempting, but Uthappa hasn't been in the best form domestically and has had injury issues. Looks a good wicket, so we will look to chase down the target. Narine's assault began against Chris Woakes in the fourth over. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the risky Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps. Earlier, Nitish Rana' twin-strike in one over in the first half of the match, where he bagged the wicket of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli, helped KKR restrict the opposition to a par-score. Then came to bat team's skipper Virat Kohli, who did an average batting and made 31 runs on 33 balls. Bringing on a part-time spinner with de Villiers and Kohli at the crease was risky indeed, but their prediction for a 30-run over turned into a masterstroke when he had both batsmen dismissed off the next two balls. In the last ball of the over, Sundar nearly had his man but Mandeep Singh went across the rope at deep-wicket after latching on to another big hit from Narine.