With three wins out of seven matches, Kolkata Knight Riders are placed fourth on the points table.
In their last match, RCB failed to defend their total of 205/8 against Chennai Super Kings, who rode fifties from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu to win by five wickets.
Today, in the second match it is RCB vs KKR in Bengaluru at 8:00 PM. Both sides have a lot of wrinkles to iron out in their game. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and pacers Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran were plundered by Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi in their last game and will look to bounce back strongly although it will be very hard at the batting-friendly M. Chinnaswamy wicket.
While RCB boast of big hitters in their line-up, Kolkata do have the quality in their bowling attack to do some serious damage to them. His brute power would be of enormous use on the small and batting-friendly ground. The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar and seamers Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav have done well in parts and need to bring their best in order to avoid another defeat which could endanger their playoff chances.
This is one of those unusual years when the Royal Challengers Bangalore have not been able to perform up to the mark and there have been a few significant misses which has resulted in the RCB staying at the seventh spot.
A victory for either of the teams could prove to be crucial for their morale. It will be a treat for the spinners as a genuine turn is being offered at the pitch.
RCB are now seventh on the table, tied on four points with Delhi and Mumbai. However, Rajasthan who play Hyderabad in the earlier game could go ahead even before KKR take the field tonight.