Royal Challengers Bangalore host defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, in the first game of Thursday's IPL games. RCB enter this match after posting wins in their first two home matches this season, while KKR lost their first away game earlier this week.


Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 11am BST, with ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD providing live coverage in the UK. Follow the game live, via text commentary, on ESPN Cricinfo. You can watch highlights of the match here.


Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in their last game, chasing down 161 with more than two overs to spare, courtesy of captain Virat Kohli's 93 not out from 47 balls. RCB are currently third in the table, with two wins out of three.

The Knight Riders have played only twice so far, winning once. Kolkata lost their last game away to Rajasthan Royals by 19 runs. Eoin Morgan scored 51 from 38 but the Brit's effort was not enough to rescue his side from defeat.

Overall, KKR lead RCB 6-5 in head-to-head. The same fixture last season saw the Knight Riders winning by 42 runs.

KKR's Eoin Morgan

Team News

Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers is back from domestic duty with Titans in the South African Ram Slam T20 series. However, Cheteshwar Pujara is a doubt for the game because of a finger injury sustained during the Australia Test series. Pacer Zaheer Khan still remains sidelined as well.

Probable Line-up: M Agarwal, C Gayle, V Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, M Henriques, A Karthik (w), V Kumar, M Kartik, J Unadkat, RP Singh, M Muralitharan

Kolkata Knight Riders: Australia seamer James Pattinson has been ruled out of the tournament due to an abdominal surgery, while New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum remains sidelined. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is also unavailable but he is likely to join the franchise around 12 May, when Bangladesh end their Zimbabwe tour.

Probable Line-up: M Bisla (wk), G Gambhir (c), J Kallis, M Tiwary, E Morgan, Y Pathan, LR Shukla, R Bhatia, B Lee, S Narine, L Balaji