IPL 2023 Match 36 RCB vs KKR | Fantasy Tips, Prediction & Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other in match 36 of IPL 2023 on Wednesday evening. RCB will feel confident after a close win against the Rajasthan Royals in the last match. They will be very happy with the way they have performed in the last few matches. Whereas, KKR suffered a big loss against CSK and will come here with four consecutive losses. They have struggled to perform in the last few games and have fallen down the points table. The Knight Riders are currently in the bottom 3 whereas the Royal Challengers are at 5th position on the points table.

RCB has won the last three out of four games. Their batters are in good form. One of the major reasons for their success is the excellent performance of their top-order batters. The only major concern for the team is their middle-order batting. Skipper Faf Du Plessis is in outstanding form and is currently leading the Orange cap table. He got good support from Virat Kohli and the duo has given some good starts. The seamers have done a good job for the team. RCB will expect another good team performance against KKR to continue their winning momentum.

KKR is currently struggling in almost every department. Their bowling performance has been miserable, as their bowlers failed to perform in most of the matches. Kolkata made a good start in the season but couldn't continue that for long and hence, lost 4 matches in a row. The side is low on confidence and needs to bounce back in this match. Their opening batters haven't given a good start in most of the matches. They need a complete all-around performance to win this match.  

RCB vs KKR has always been one of the most closely contested rivalries in IPL history. The Royal Challengers will be looking to continue their winning ways and to make their position strong on the points table while KKR will look to bounce back after facing 4 defeats and need to come up with a special performance if they want to turn things around.

Match Timings

Match Toss Time - 19:00 IST (13:30 GMT)

Match Start Time - 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)

Match Venue - M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India.

Head to Head

Matches Played: 31

RCB won - 14        KKR won - 17

Last 5 Meetings

RCB won - 2          KKR won - 3

Team News

For RCB, Virat Kohli is likely to continue with the captaincy as Faf Du Plessis is not fully recovered. He is suffering from a rib injury and will not be able to field. Hence, he will only bat and will get replaced by an impact player during fielding.

After losing 4 matches in a row, there are chances that KKR may make a few changes on their side.

Probable Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - Virat Kohli (c), Faf Du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, David Willey, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak.

Impact Player - Harshal Patel

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) - N. Jagadeesan (wk), Jason Roy, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Suyash Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakarvarthy.

Impact Player - Venkatesh Iyer

Must Picks  

RCB - Faf Du Plessis and Mohammed Siraj

KKR - Jason Roy and Sunil Narine


Royal Challengers Bangalore is more stronger and experienced side than KKR. They have their key players in outstanding form. Kolkata Knight Riders are in poor form, and they lacks confidence. Their top-order has been inconsistent and bowlers have also failed to perform. RCB will be playing this match at their home ground, so they will get some home advantage and also they are having winning momentum on their side. Looking at the recent form of both the teams, it is clear that RCB has more chances of winning this match.

Sportco predicts Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in match 36 of IPL 2023.


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