IPL 2018, 49th Match, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
With the Rajasthan Royals beating the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, the tournament has become very intense now with even a single defeat will make any team drop to the bottom half of the table.
Both the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals are coming into this game with 12 points each. KKR are at the fourth position and RR is at the fifth position with a slight difference in their net run rate. However, If KXIP beat RCB on Monday (May 14), the loser of the KKR vs RR game will find themselves in the bottom half of the points table.
The fate of the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, will also be decided with the result in the game on Monday. If KXIP beat RCB on Monday, then it is almost curtains down for Mumbai in the ongoing season.
Rajasthan have to work on their batting before they take field in this game against KKR as their batters are yet to work in unison, they are coming into this game having won three consecutive games though.
First match result in the ongoing season:
KKR won the game by a margin of 7 wickets when they played Rajasthan earlier in the ongoing season. Put into bat first, Rajasthan Royals scored just 160 for 8 in their 20 overs. Jos Buttler who was then still batting in the middle order remained unbeaten 24* off 18 balls. Chasing a below par target, Lynn departed for a Duck whereas the other four batsmen who walked to the crease helped KKR take a 7-wicket win.
Head to Head record:
Having played a total of 16 IPL games against each other, Rajasthan Royals won 9 whereas KKR has the remaining 7 games in their pocket.
Favorites to win:
Kolkata Knight Riders has turned out to be a mighty batting force in their last game against Kings XI Punjab. And lonely Jos Buttler of Rajasthan won’t be enough to stop KKR in their own home ground. The home team clearly have the advantage of winning this game at the Eden.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Rinku Singh, Tom Curran, Ishank Jaggi, Prasidh Krishna, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, D’Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen