None of the Indian fans would have expected Rajasthan R0yals making it to playoffs, especially, after the loss of Buttler and Stokes in their rankings. But, they proved that team effort is always a greater asset to them than the individual while Kolkata Knight Riders made an incredible turnaround after losing back to back games against Mumbai Indians.
The youngsters in the Rajasthan side came up with a spirited performance, hopefully, they would repeat it again. With no Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane should come with all their guns blazing again. Sanju Samson who looked off-colour of late should be back among the runs in order to see his side knocking down Knight Riders at their home.
KKR’s batting department is doing a fine job with all the big guns understanding their role to the perfection. Chris Lynn has become a smart player while Narine played a significant role. The only player who is yet to fire all his cylinders is Robin Uthappa whom KKR would love to see among the run scorers.
Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, and Shubman Gill are all in a decent nick while Andre Russell has become a hit or miss kind of player of late. However, they don’t mind until top-order batsmen are doing their job
Heinrich Klaasen and Krishnappa Gowtham found their feet in the last game and they would once again be the key for Rajasthan – to secure those crucial runs during the slog overs of the game while Stuart Binny should get into his own as quickly as possible.
For KKR, they have been heavily dependent on spin bowlers and Russell, who is fetching them the breakthroughs. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will rely heavily on their bowling department. Each individual in the bowling department carries a great charisma which would certainly bail them out from the KKR scare.
Toss Prediction – Ajinkya Rahane might call it right and choose to bowl first.
Pitch Report – A high-scoring game is on the cards. But, spinners might pull it back.
Weather Report – Thunderstorms are in the forecast which might affect in later part of the innings.
Match-winner prediction – Rajasthan Royals
KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
RR: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Date & Time – 23rd May 2018, 19:00 IST
Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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