Sharjah [UAE], October 11 (ANI): Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and opted to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
At the time of the toss, RCB captain Virat Kohli said: “We are going to bat first, looks like a great wicket, nice and hard. It gets tougher to bat here in Sharjah. No changes. A youngster steps up and wins you a game against a top side like Delhi. Very happy for Srikar Bharat. This is what this tournament is all about. Meetings have been pretty short and sharp. We have the ability to win games, nothing changes this being an Eliminator.”On the other hand, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan said: “We would have loved to bowl first anyway. The toss doesn’t bother. We are feeling confident within the group, we are starting to come good as a team. We are playing with the same team.”RCB had won their last game against Delhi Capitals in the group stage while KKR had outclassed Rajasthan Royals.
Playing XI: RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy. (ANI)