Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have everything to fight for when they take each other on at the Eden Gardens on Friday night. Things haven't quite gone right for Kolkata in the last three matches. They were sitting pretty at the top of the table with four wins in five matches. They have, however, lost three consecutive matches to drop down to sixth on the league table. Two of those losses have come at home and that leaves them with some catching up to do when they take on Kohli and Co. next at the same venue.
Having said that, Bangalore have their share of struggles to deal with as well. They are right down at the bottom of the table with only one victory in eight matches. They need to win all of their remaining six matches to have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs. It seems to be an improbable task but Rajasthan did it last year. So, RCB will be hoping on hope as well.
Both teams have some concerns at the bowling front. They don't have the best of bowling attacks in the league. Moreover, on a pitch favoring batsmen, we may see both batting units go on the rampage. Andre Russell didn't click in the last couple of games for Kolkata and the result was there to be seen. They, however, may need to deal with his absence in this match as he was hit by a bouncer during practice