The Bangalore team will take on the Kolkata team in the 36th match of the Indian Playerzpot League at MA Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 26th April, Wednesday. Both teams will face off for the second time in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Bangalore are having a good campaign, while Kolkata are having a disappointing outing this season so far. Bangalore registered its wins against Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan and lost three matches against Kolkata, Lucknow, and Chennai. Kolkata, on the other hand, managed to win only two games against Bangalore and Gujarat and lost five matches against Punjab, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai.

Bangalore are currently on a two-match winning streak, while Kolkata are on a four-match losing streak. In the league standings, Bangalore are at the fifth position with 8 points after seven matches and Kolkata are in the eighth spot with four points after seven matches. In the upcoming match, Bangalore will look to continue its winning ways, while Kolkata will aim to end its losing streak.

Players to watch out for

#1 F du Plessis (Bangalore): F du Plessis has been in incredible form in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. He is currently the leading run-scorer of the season, aggregating 405 runs, including five fifties, at an average of 67.50 and a strike rate of 165.31 in seven matches so far. His highest individual score of 84 off 56 balls came against Punjab. du Plessis is an attacking opening batsman who can pose a big threat to the opposition’s bowling line-up because of his power-hitting ability. The 38-year-old can score quick runs in the powerplay and accelerate the innings in the middle overs. Kolkata’s bowling line-up will have a task cut to stop F du Plessis’s carnage.

#2 V Iyer (Kolkata): V Iyer has been performing well in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. He registered his maiden century in the tournament, scoring 104 off 51 balls against Mumbai. In this season, the 28-year-old has aggregate 254 runs, including a century and a fifty, at an average of 36.29 and a strike rate of 159.75 in seven matches so far. In the previous match against Chennai, he scored just 20 runs off 20 balls. However, one can expect him to return to form and perform well. V Iyer is a hard hitter who can sixes easily because of his height. He can accelerate the innings in the middle overs. V Iyer can be a potential threat to Bangalore’s line-up in the upcoming match.

#3 G Maxwell (Bangalore): G Maxwell is in excellent form and displayed his firepower in the last few matches in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. The 34-year-old has scored 253 runs, including three fifties, at an average of 42.17 and an impressive strike rate of 188.81 in seven matches so far. G Maxwell is an attacking batsman whose power-hitting ability can make challenging for the opposition’s bowling line-up. Maxwell is expected to carry on his good form and Kolkata’s bowling line-up will have their task cut out to stop him from unleashing his firepower.

#4 V Chakravarthy (Kolkata): V Chakravarthy has been performing well in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 31-year-old is among the leading wicket-takers of the season, scalping 10 wickets, including a four-wicket haul, at an average of 21.20 and an economy rate of 8.26 in seven matches so far. V Chakravarthy is often dubbed ‘Mystery Spinner’ as his spin bowling has been challenging for the batsmen to judge the ball. Chakravarthy has the ability to bowl in different variations which can make him a potent threat to Bangalore’s batting line-up. Bangalore’s pitch has favored spin bowlers so V Chakravarthy is expected to perform well in the upcoming game.

Predicted Playing XI

Bangalore: F du Plessis, V Kohli, G Maxwell, D Karthik, M Lamror, S Prabhudessai, S Ahmed, D Willey, W Hasaranga, M Siraj, H Patel,

Kolkata: N Jagadeeshan, J Roy, N Rana, A Russell, R Singh, S Narine, S Thakur A Roy, S Sharma, U Yadav, V Chakravarthy,

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: D Karthik

Batters: F du Plessis, G Maxwell, J Roy, R Singh

All-rounders: A Russell, S Ahmed

Bowlers: W Hasaranga, M Siraj, S Sharma, V Chakravarthy

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