KKR Vs RR, Match Preview
The Kolkata Knight Riders depend only on themselves for qualification. With a good run-rate, a win is sufficient for them to go past Mumbai, even in Mumbai win their final game. A loss still keeps them is, but they will have to hope that SRH beat MI in their final game.
The Rajasthan Royals are out of the race, after a dismal performance against Mumbai. They were all-out for 90, and lost in eight overs, damaging their run-rate badly. They now need a margin of 120, to get close to the other sides in terms of net-run-rate.
KKR Vs RR, Team News
Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell are near full fitness and could be back for a crucial encounter. They hit the nets recently, and in case they are fit, Southee and Shakib will have to make way. Eoin Morgan’s form continues to be a concern, but he is likely to continue in the eleven.
Evin Lewis took a blow to the leg in the game against Mumbai. He spent some time with the physio, and the injury may not be too serious. He has been a force for Rajasthan, and his presence is important if Rajasthan are to try for a 120-run win.
KKR Vs RR, Predicted XIs
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Evin Lewis/Liam Livingstone, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 David Miller, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Kuldip Yadav, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell/Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, 10 Prasidh Krishna/Sandeep Warrier, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
KKR Vs RR, Players to Watch out for
Dinesh Karthik has made a name for himself as a commentator through the English summer, but is now back. He is reminding everyone about his ability as a Cricketer, and is contributing brilliantly. His commentary from the stumps, wicket-keeping, and finishing has been good this season. Though his time with the bat has been limited, Karthik is looking comfortable and timing the ball well. His aggression is still there, and he is finding the boundary well. With Morgan struggling, Karthik could step up, and take some more responsibility.
Jaiswal is doing a great job opening in the second leg. He has finally lived up to his under-19 potential and has helped set up games for Rajasthan nicely. With one game left to make an impact, Jaiswal will look to take the opportunity to join the core group of Royals. He could make a claim for retention with a strong performance, and that will be his target.
KKR Vs RR, Pitch Conditions
The game is in Sharjah, and the pitch is very slow. The ball is keeping low, and spin is doing well. The average score is low, and clearing the short boundaries isn’t as easy as it was last season. Batting first is a good option, with the pitch getting slower as the game progresses.