IPL 2018 second game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Banglaore at the Eden Gardens on April 8 might get canceled due to rain.
Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected in the city as the cricketers and fans will have their fingers crossed for the marquee IPL clash.
Earlier, on the eve of the game, practice of both teams were cut short due to rain.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 6 April 2018
“By the time I came, they had covered the wicket so I could not see the wicket. We haven’t thought about the toss, will decide it tomorrow,” KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said at the pre-match conference.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 7 April 2018
Kohli hit the nets straightaway after taking the field and batted for close to 30 minutes before light drizzle halted proceedings.
Besides Kohli, star South African batsman AB De Villiers was also batting at the nets along with wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) 7 April 2018
KKR followed RCB but just as they were warming up, rain cut short their rehearsal.
Dashing Australian opener Chris Lynn and West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell were at the nets for the hosts.
Kohli and Co. finished at the bottom of the pile last time and since the start of the IPL have come close to laying their hands on the elusive trophy thrice — in 2009, 2011 and 2016.
KKR, on the other hand, lifted the trophy in 2012 and repeated the feat by beating Chennai Super Kings in 2014.
The Knight Riders also hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s.
RCB: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi.
KKR: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi.