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Kolkata vs Bangalore: What to Watch Out For in IPL 2024

One of the most eagerly awaited rivalries seen during the Indian Premier League (IPL) is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. While Kolkata Knight Riders have clinched the IPL trophy twice (2012 & 2014) , Royal Challengers Bangalore is still pursuing their maiden title, making their quest for championship glory a compelling storyline in the tournament's history.
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Past Performances- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

In terms of KKR vs RCB head-to-head wins, KKR has beaten RCB 18 times thus far. Compared to this, the Virat Kohli-led side has managed to win only 14 times. Two matches were played head-to-head in 2023, and KKR was able to win both matches by 81 and 21 runs.
Incidentally, KKR has also defeated RCB with the largest run margin. The first IPL match was played in 2008 between these franchises. RCB was bundled out for just 82 runs in this match.
In KKR vs RCB matches, both teams are neck-and-neck in terms of wins since their first match in 2008. Out of the 16 seasons played before 2024, KKR has won 18 matches. . Similarly, RCB was able to win 14 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Some of the KKR vs RCB IPL records are as follows:
  • Faf Du Plessis had a fantastic performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2023 IPL. He scored 730 runs in 14 matches, achieving a strike rate 153.68. Notably, he hit 8 half-centuries, with his highest score being 84 runs.
  • Rinku Singh emerged as the top scorer for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 16th IPL season of 2023. He scored a total of 474 runs at an impressive average of 59.25. Rinku Singh also managed to secure four half-centuries during the season.
  • Mohammed Siraj stood out as the top wicket-taker for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2023 IPL season. Siraj took a notable 19 wickets, delivering 300 balls in 14 matches.
  • Before 92, RCB’s lowest score against KKR was 49 in 2017, which happens to be the KKR vs RCB lowest score
  • Dinesh Karthik has taken 115 catches as a wicketkeeper for KKR, which is the 2nd highest in IPL after MS Dhoni.
  • Brendon McCullum, the first captain of KKR, scored 158 off 73 balls in 2008. This is the second-highest score in IPL to date.
  • Against the Kolkata-based franchise, RCB captain Virat Kohli has amassed 735 runs. He is the most prolific scorer for RCB so far.
  • Along with Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers has been the only mainstay of RCB’s batting. He scored 133* against Mumbai in 2015, which is the 3rd highest individual IPL score. From KKR, Piyush Chawla has dismissed him the most (4 out of 10). Sunil Narine has got De Villers out 3 times in 9 innings.
  • The IPL has given rise to muscular hitters, especially when it comes to six-hitting ability. West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell, who plays for KKR, is particularly noteworthy here. Against RCB, he has scored 323 runs in 9 matches, averaging 53.83. His batting strike rate is 227.46, and this is the only strike rate above 200 against RCB. He has managed to hit a phenomenal 32 sixes and 20 fours, with this six tally being the highest for KKR.
  • Amongst the KKR team, RCB also needs to be wary of destructive opener Chris Lynn. He has scored 220 runs across 6 IPL innings, averaging 44 runs per innings. His scores have been 43, 62*, 5, 50, 15, and 45.
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KKR at Home

  • Their longest stretch without wins at Eden Gardens came in 2014 when they lost four matches in a row.
  • Since 2017, they have won all five matches against RCB.
  • Chris Lynn has an average of 44 against RCB at Eden Gardens, scoring two half-centuries across six innings.
  • Robin Uthappa, who has played for KKR for a long time but not at present, is one of nine players with more than 500 runs against RCB.
  • KKR has won 47 out of 82 games at Eden Gardens with a 57% winning percentage, making it their most successful home ground.
  • Former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir scored the most runs 1,407 at Eden Gardens, followed by former Knights Robin Uthappa (1,159 runs), Yusuf Pathan (861 runs), and Dinesh Karthik (621 runs).
  • KKR played seven matches at the homeground in the 2023 IPL and won two matches.
  • Overall, KKR have played 82 games at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, out of which they have won 47 matches and lost 33 matches with a win percentage of nearly 57%.

RCB at Home

  • Virat Kohli completed 237 matches for RCB in 2023.
  • Virat Kohli has scored 57 runs in 34 balls - against KKR in the IPL 2023.
  • Virat Kohli has scored 3,015 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in just 92 innings. Kohli is the only batsman with 3,000 runs at the same venue.
  • Considering the small size of the ground, the result of the KKR vs RCB toss is of critical importance. Virat Kohli has always been a chase master, and his expertise is bound to be useful at Chinnaswamy.
  • The surface at RCB's home venue, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, is blamed for the bowlers' lackluster performance. The M Chinnaswamy has the worst economy rate of all the venues where more than 15 IPL matches have been played — 8.6. The average score in the first inning is likewise a high 169.
  • 4/18 by Lakshmipathy Balaji in IPL 2012 is a player's most extraordinary bowling performance in matches between these two franchises at Chinnaswamy.
  • Chris Gayle has won the most Man of the Match awards for RCB at home.
  • Gautam Gambhir's 23 fours are the most by a player in matches between these two sides at this ground.
  • RCB played seven matches at the homeground, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 2023 IPL and won three matches.
  • RCB has played a total of 86 IPL matches at M. Chinnaswamy so far. Out of these 86 matches, they have won 40 while losing 40 times. The Bengaluru franchise has a winning percentage of 47% at their home ground.

KKR Away From Home

  • KKR won 11 matches away from home till 2023.
  • They won against RCB away from home in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017,2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

RCB Away from Home

Retained Players for Both Teams




Robin Uthappa is one player who has played from both sides, having been with RCB from 2009-13 and KKR from 2014-20. Other than him, three others have played for both franchises:
  • Jacques Kallis
  • Chris Gayle
  • Umesh Yadav
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