Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Fantasy Cricket Preview

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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

 

Pitch Conditions

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

Total matches 67
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
No Result 0

 

Head to Head at Eden Gardens

Total Matches Play 5
Won by  Kolkata Knight Riders 4
Won by Rajasthan Royals 1
No Result 0

 

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

 

Team News

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.

Rajasthan Royals

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

 

SQUAD

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

 

PROBABLE11

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.

 

Rajasthan Royals

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.

 

KEY PLAYERS

Sunil Narayan

Robin Uthappa

Dinesh Karthik

Jos Buttler

Ajinkya Rahane

Krishnappa Gowtham

 

Player to watch  

Nitish Rana

 

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

 

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