One of Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will take a step closer towards securing a playoff berth when the two teams meet in Match 49 of VIVO IPL 2018.
In their previous match, the Knight Riders recovered from consecutive losses to the Mumbai Indians in style; they posted the season’s highest total and defeated Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs. KKR haven’t won more than two matches on the trot this season; if they do manage to string together three wins on the trot here, they would have secured a berth in the playoffs.
The Rajasthan Royals have the momentum of three consecutive wins behind them. In their most recent outing, they chased down 169 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. In an exclusive chat with iplt20.compost that win, the RR Mentor Shane Warne mentioned that his team was peaking at the right time, and the players in his team were hitting the straps at just the right time.
Both teams have six wins from 12 matches, and whoever walks away with the two points in this match will have a distinct advantage over their opponent and the other contenders. Who will it be?
When: May 15, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Eden Gardens track is considered as one of the better batting surfaces although spinners tend to come into action as the match wears on. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here in IPL games as well.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||25|
|Matches won bowling first||42|
|Average 1st Inns scores||156|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||143|
|Highest total recorded||210/6 (20 Ov) by MI vs KKR|
|Lowest total recorded||49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR|
|Highest score chased||204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR|
|Lowest score defended||114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||16|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||7|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||9|
Head to Head at Eden Gardens
|Total Matches Play||5|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||4|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||1|
Last 5 games
|Won by KKR||2|
|Won by RR||3|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders: W L L W W
Rajasthan Royals : W W W L L
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shivam Mavi continues to struggle with the finger injury Jacques Kallis, the coach, confirmed they are going to make a last minute call on his availability.
Leggie Ish Sodhi has not played the last two games for the Rajasthan Royals due to Illness. If he is declared fit ahead of this game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the leadership team may bring him back and consider dropping out of form D’Arcy Short. The rest of the line-up could well remain the same
Kolkata Knight Riders : Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Tom Curran
Rajasthan Royals : Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna / Shivam Mavi.
D’Arcy Short / Ish Sodhi, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Sunil Narine needs three wickets to get to 50 IPL wickets at Eden Gardens. He will become the second player, after former Mumbai Indians quick Lasith Malinga (at the Wankhede), to take 50 or more wickets at a particular venue in the league
- Since Archer’s debut in the IPL on April 22 , only Hardik Pandya has picked up more wickets than him. Hardik has 15 in eight matches; Archer has 13 in seven matches. Kings XI Punjab’s Andrew Tye, meanwhile, has 13 in six games
- If Buttler makes another fifty on Tuesday, he will become the first to six such scores in a row in T20 cricket
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Jos Buttler, Sunil Narayan, Andre Russell, Sanju Samson
If you want to take risk for grand league go with Jofra Archer & Nitish Rana