An analysis of the performance & prospects of TATA IPL 2023 teams RCB and KKR
TATA IPL 2023 saw Gujarat Titans lose their grip over the tournament when they set the chasing target to 135 with the loss of 6 wickets in the IPL 2023 cricket match. The skipper did a wonderful job of scoring 66 runs from 50 balls with a complementary partnership with Wrinddhiman Saha. Gill’s early loss was a jolt to the side, but Hardik Pandya balanced it with a quick half-century. All the cricket enthusiasts and the bettors are keeping a close watch on the best cricket betting sites to keep track of and analyze the performance of all the teams, including KKR and RCB, in the IPL 2023.
However, after another inning, Lucknow Super Giants fell short by 7 runs, collapsing at 128 with 3 wickets left for the play. However, there were enough wickets to take the last-minute chance, but LSG could not capitalize on it. The last over saw four LSG stars go back to the pavilion and thereby lose the match as Gautam Gambhir’s reactions, new & old, went viral in the meme format.
GT versus LSG is not exactly the point that the article centers around, and yet it is the first thing that was discussed. The point is that a single match has changed the entire dynamics for two teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Rider.
RCB is on the edge
RCB, more specifically, now has lower chances of making it to the top four in TATA IPL 2023. It needs to pull up its net run rate from -0.008 to something that is higher and sufficient for advancement. Bangalore is in the 5th position with a total of 8 points. These are equal to RR, LSG, and GT; however, they have a better NRR and hence, the need to pull up the socks.
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis have been wonderful till now, with Kohli demonstrating why he is still the king of cricket. Plessis took up the top spot of the tower, with fans being a bit dubious since they wanted to see Kohli lead once more. The skipper has done his job, ensuring fans that the side is in safe hands.
RCB carries the potential to turn the tables in any direction they want. Siraj is the leading T20I bowler and has done his work several times for the national team. He can come out with a new ball and has little to no hesitation against the used ball.
Rajasthan Royals had more wickets in hand to chase down the target of 190. They fell short by 7 runs, courtesy of Harshal Patel, who entered the field as an Impact Player.
The opening pair of RCB is strong. This is evident from the fact that Kohli and Plessis scored a half-century each versus Punjab Kings, where Shikhar Dhawan remained out of the action. Chances are dim, but a higher NRR and GT’s consecutive losses will do the trick.
KKR is less likely to make it
Kolkata Knight Riders were somewhat disappointed when their hometown turned yellow for Thala Dhoni. Nonetheless, spirits were high, with a lot relying on Rinku Singh to stand as a sole warrior against the medium bowling unit of CSK. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway struck a chord as an opening pair, with Rahane continuing the momentum by remaining unbeaten for 71 runs in just 29 balls.
Anyone who saw Rahane beat KKR bowlers is now vouching for his inclusion in the World Test Championship Final and the upcoming ICC World Cup.
As for KKR, the team is dancing around the 8th position with 4 points accumulated in 7 matches. The side has won just 2 events and lost the remaining. KKR does not only have to win the remaining IPL 2023 cricket matches, but they also have to bring their NRR to a much higher level.
The only match that KKR was expected to win was the one against then-out-of-the-form Mumbai Indians. A tally of 185 in 20 overs was a decent enough target to defend against MI, for they were housing SKY, who surprisingly returned to his form.
KKR has relied a lot on Rinku Singh since he won the match against Gujarat Titans. Back-to-back shots made him start overnight. That ship has now sailed, and KKR needs a new champion who can sail their ship through this storm. Sunrisers Hyderabad has played 6 matches till now. Playing the 7th match and winning it can bring KKR to a lower spot.
DC should not be a problem since the team has only won a single game till now.
KKR and RCB will face each other in their next game on April 26, 2023, at 7:30 pm IST. RCB will enter the field as everyone’s favorite. KKR lands on the ground with a lower chance of clinching victory. Plessis will continue leading RCB, and Nitish Rana will take on the charge of doing the difficult task, keeping everyone’s hopes alive.