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IPL, Match 48: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Players to watch out for

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) host Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens today in the 48th match of IPL 9.

From now on, every league game is a must-win match for Virat Kohli & Co.

Even after having the most powerful batting line up, RCB are placed at sixth spot, after wining five out of their eleven games.

Major reason behind their unpredictable performance is their pedestrian bowling line up.

On the other hand Kolkata have a settled team. And at home they are a tough team to beat.

Let's have a look at the players who could turn the tables with their match-winning performances in the game.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers: They are in the form of their lives. Both are complementing each other well at the top. It would be an acid test for the KKR bowlers tonight to stop the duo from scoring big. Once they set their eyes in, it's almost impossible to stop the carnage.

Andre Russell: The West Indian has been in fine form this season with bat and ball. He has already played few match-winning knocks with the willow and also provided his team wickets at crucial junctures. The all-rounder could emerge out as a dangerous player for Bangalore in today's tie.

Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa: The KKR openers, who have added five fifty-plus partnerships this season, will try to give their team yet another solid stand up front against mediocre bowling attack of Bangalore. Kolkata's solid top order is a worrying sign for RCB.

Yusuf Pathan: After a string of below par performances at the start of the tournament, the big hitter has started getting his lost form back. And as the tournament is heading towards its business end, he is peaking at the right time for KKR.

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IPL 2017 Points Table

Teams MP Won Lost Pts
MI 14 10 4 20
RPS 14 9 5 18
SRH 14 8 5 17
KKR 14 8 5 16
KXIP 14 7 7 14
DD 14 6 8 12
GL 14 4 10 8
RCB 14 3 10 7

ORANGE CAP

1 David Warner
SRH
641
Runs
2 Gautam Gambhir
KKR | 498 Runs
3 Shikhar Dhawan
SRH | 479 Runs

PURPLE CAP

1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
SRH
26 Wickets
2 Jaydev Unadkat
RPS | 24 Wickets
3 Jasprit Bumrah
MI | 20 Wickets