first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 18:00 IST IPL 2019: RCB face a stiff test against in-form KKR in Bengaluru on Friday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli’s RCB have lost all their four matches in IPL 2019RCB have lost their last four matches to KKR, including two in IPL 2018KKR have won six matches against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in IPLIn the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, all the talk around Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) centered around how the franchise had managed to assemble a more balanced squad than previous editions. After a stunning run with the India national cricket team, Virat Kohli was expected to help end RCB’s title drought in the IPL.However, familiar issues have returned to haunt RCB who are winless after their first four matches in IPL 2019. RCB’s losing streak of four matches is the third worst start by a team to their IPL campaign and another defeat could make it even more difficult for the team to finish in the top six, let alone make the playoffs.RCB, who are desperate for a win, will host two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their fifth match of IPL 2019 on Friday. And if recent history between the two sides is anything to go by, RCB are looking set to make it five in five.RCB have lost their last four meetings to KKR. Dinesh Karthik’s men completed a double over Virat Kohli’s team in IPL 2018 wherein the Bengaluru-based franchise finished sixth. At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which will be hosting Friday’s clash, RCB were handed a six-wicket thrashing after Chris Lynn and Karthik went all out in KKR’s chase of 175.Also, KKR have a positive head-to-head record against RCB as the two-time champions have won 14 of their 23 meetings. KKR also have won six away matches against Kohli’s men in the past.The contrasting forms of big names in the two squads is also not good news for RCB. While the likes of Andre Russell and Nitish Rana have set the stage on fire, RCB’s superstar players Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have not managed to get going in the ongoing season.advertisementAB de Villiers’ record against KKR is also a cause for concern as the former South Africa captain averages just 24.91, which is his lowest against any side in the IPL.Virat Kohli is under considerable pressure as questions have been asked about his captaincy. Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir had even said that Kohli should be grateful to RCB as the club has persisted with him despite RCB not finding IPL success under his leadership.Regardless of their form in the IPL, Bengaluru fans will throng the Chinnaswamy Stadium. There is no better place for Kohli and his men than Bengaluru to make a strong comeback and revive their campaign.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s menAlso Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs KKRFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Virat Kohli IPL 2019: Time running out for RCB as they take on KKR in BengaluruIndian Premier League 2019: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have all their four matches so far and will be hoping to get their first points on board when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at home on Friday.advertisementlast_img