RCB vs KKR: The impending clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in their third league encounter looms large this Friday. Commencing their campaign with a setback against Chennai, RCB found redemption by besting Punjab Kings in their home fixture.

Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer

However, the forthcoming challenge against Kolkata Knight Riders casts a shadow of uncertainty. Despite their recent triumph, apprehension clouds the minds of RCB’s stalwarts – Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Faf Duplessis – concerning their performances.

The triumvirate of Maxwell, Kohli, and skipper Duplessis assumes paramount significance in RCB’s batting lineup. Their collective prowess forms the cornerstone of the team’s batting prowess. Yet, their confrontations with the legendary Sunil Narine of KKR have often been fraught with struggle, as evidenced by their past encounters.

The statistical evidence paints a grim picture for RCB’s key players against Sunil Narine. Faf Duplessis has faced 70 deliveries from Narine in his T20 career, managing a mere 54 runs while succumbing to dismissal twice.

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Similarly, Virat Kohli’s tussles with Narine have yielded a modest return of 141 runs from 145 balls, resulting in his dismissal on four occasions. Maxwell’s battle with the spin maestro has seen him accumulate 94 runs from 86 deliveries, only to fall victim to Narine’s guile four times.

Despite the prevailing wisdom that Chinnaswamy Stadium’s pitch offers little assistance to spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal’s commendable performances for RCB defy this notion. Considering this anomaly, Sunil Narine emerges as a potent threat to the batting triumvirate of Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell.

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