IPL 2018: KKR vs RCB, 3rd IPL 2018 Cricket Match Preview & Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be playing on April 8, 2018, in the third VIVO IPL 2018 match. This is bound to be a thrilling match as both teams have great players. Based on this match preview and prediction, you can create your ideal fantasy cricket team.

Match Preview

Match Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3rd Match
Date Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )
Venue Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Weather Forecast Thunderstorm

Royal Challengers are in the driver’s seat with Virat Kohli as the captain. If the team manages to get its combination in batting and bowling right, you can expect them to perform extremely well in this match as well as the tournament. However, Kohli and the other senior players have to come up with a few tricks to deal with the inconsistency and ensure the winning momentum is maintained.

On the other hand, KKR no longer have the services of Gautam Gambhir as he has gone back to Delhi Daredevils. But that should not upset them as the inspirational Dinesh Karthik will be leading the side. However, Kolkata Knight Riders have a number of inexperienced Indian players and the team depends too much on these inexperienced pacers, like Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. This could backfire on the side which also has the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson.

Match Prediction

Based on the teams, Royal Challengers Bangalore seems to have an upper hand when they will take on Kolkata Knight Riders. So, you can expect them to win the match. Here are some reasons that support this prediction:

  • Royal Challengers have the deadly combination of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the two most feared batsmen in T20 and their partnership of 229 runs is in the record books.

  • The duo has been playing together for a long time and has a good understanding. Kohli and de Villiers add that much-needed strength to the top order batting line up.

  • Royal Challengers also have the best all-rounders with Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson and Chris Woakes. These players can hit the ball hard and can take wickets with their bowling.

  • The Challengers also have the spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and young Washington Sundar.

While Kolkata Knight Riders have Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, it may not be enough to win the match.

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