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Mitchell Starc needs redemption, Dinesh Karthik eyes World Cup berth as KKR take on RCB

Mitchell Starc needs redemption, Dinesh Karthik eyes World Cup berth as KKR take on RCB

Today's match promises an intriguing battle. Can Starc rise to the occasion and deliver a match-winning performance for KKR? Or will Karthik continue his onslaught and keep RCB's slim playoff hopes alive? The Eden Gardens crowd is sure to be in for a treat!

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata will witness a clash of contrasts today as the high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on the struggling Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the afternoon IPL match. KKR, currently sitting pretty at number 2 on the points table, will be looking to maintain their winning momentum, while RCB, languishing at the bottom, will be desperate to turn their season around.

Mitchell Starc redemption bid

All eyes will be on Mitchell Starc, the most expensive buy in IPL history for KKR. While Starc started the season poorly, he has shown glimpses of finding his form.

However, with just five wickets in six matches and an economy rate of over 10 – the worst among KKR’s frontline bowlers – a strong performance against RCB is crucial for him. KKR lack another experienced fast bowler, making Starc’s turnaround even more important for their playoff aspirations.

Dinesh Karthik: T20 World Cup Dream

In stark contrast to RCB’s overall struggles, Dinesh Karthik has been a bright spark for them. He has consistently provided crucial late-innings impetus, emerging as their third-highest run-scorer with over 226 runs. Even more impressive is his strike rate of over 205 – the highest among players with over 200 runs this season.

In fact, Karthik has gone berserk in four of his six innings, scoring at a strike rate exceeding 230! This stellar form could see him back in the reckoning for a spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad, a prospect that Karthik himself has called “the greatest feeling” at this stage of his career.

Today’s match promises an intriguing battle. Can Starc rise to the occasion and deliver a match-winning performance for KKR? Or will Karthik continue his onslaught and keep RCB’s slim playoff hopes alive? The Eden Gardens crowd is sure to be in for a treat!

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