Read a match preview and watch a live cricket stream of Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 7.
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
When: Thursday 22 May, 11.30 BST.
Watch live: Click here to watch live with GoCricket!
Kolkata can secure their place in the Indian Premier League playoffs by beating Bangalore at Eden Gardens this afternoon.
Led by spin twins Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, the KKR have won their last five matches in IPL 7.
In each of those games, Kolkata have restricted their opponents to 160 runs or fewer and then chased well, aided by the in-form Robin Uthappa and the somewhat rejuvenated Gautam Gambhir.
RCB’s recent record has been far from consistent, winning five and losing seven this season.
Virat Kohli’s must beat KKR today and also Chennai on Saturday to have any chance of finishing in the top four, although they will still have to rely on results elsewhere.
Prediction: Now that a playoff place is out of Bangalore’s hands, their star-studded batting lineup can play without pressure. That makes them even more dangerous and I reckon Kolkata’s winning run will come to an end.