Indian T20 League 2021: Winnable factors for Kolkata vs Bangalore
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors for match 30 of Indian T20 League 2021 between Kolkata and Bangalore.
Bat first or second
The turf at the Narendra Modi Stadium has been batting friendly. Teams batting first or second have found the ball coming on to the bat well. While Punjab posted a target of 180 against Bangalore in the last match, Kolkata saw their set target of 155 runs being chased down Delhi in 17 overs itself. Hence, toss is hardly expected to play a role for the teams at the venue.
Bangalore and Kolkata have produced some of the most entertaining matches of the Indian T20 League. And while two-time champions Kolkata have dominated Bangalore for years, the latter has now bounced back strongly in recent times. The Kolkata vs Bangalore head-to-head is dominated narrowly by the former who has won 14 of those encounters while Bangalore have won 13.
A struggling Kolkata will hope to see their former skipper Dinesh Karthik getting into groove. The middle-order batsman has scored 421 runs against Bangalore so far in 26 matches with two half-centuries to his name. He is closely followed by Andre Russell, who enjoys a strike rate of 215.11 against Bangalore and averages 46.25.
For Bangalore, Virat Kohli will remain the best bet given his whopping tally of 730 runs against Kolkata in 27 matches. He has scored one century and four half-centuries against them. Kohli is closely followed by AB de Villiers, who has a tally of 511 against Kolkata.
Despite his inconsistent form, Sunil Narine remains Kolkata's biggest weapon against Bangalore. The spinner has 16 Bangalore scalps to his name in 13 matches so far, and enjoys an economy rate of 6.75. For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal will the best bet. The wrist-spinner also has 16 wickets against Kolkata in 16 matches, and an economy rate of 7.8.
Words: Subhayan Dutta
Images: Twitter / Kolkata Knight Riders