IPL 2018: Knight Riders host Royals in a must-win tie at Eden Gardens

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Apart from SRH, CSK and DD, probably, the clash is going to excite the fans of all the remaining 5 franchises. The result will open the much-needed permutations and combinations for all the teams who are fighting for a place in the Playoff stage. The home side, Kolkata would like to utilise the conditions while Rajasthan is seeking for the revenge.

Jos Buttler has played match-defining knocks since his promotion to open the innings. He broke records on a consistent basis to see his side overcome the dangerous teams in the tourney. As RR gets ready for one more crucial encounter tonight, Jos Buttler would once again be the centre of the attraction.

KKR vs RR IPL 2018
Jos Buttler (image source: timesnownews.com via AP)

The stunning piece of performance against Kings XI Punjab in the previous encounter has brought back the much-needed confidence in the team. Though the bowling unit was not up to the mark, Dinesh Karthik was quite happy with the side and most probably, they would like to carry the same force against formidable Rajasthan Royals.

Thankfully, Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting performance in their previous encounter wasn’t carried by a single, it was a collective team effort. If any two of those batsmen carry the same form in the clash against Rajasthan, they would be the happy bunch. The return of form for Lynn and Russell is a huge boost while skipper, Karthik is playing the floater role to the perfect.

For RR, though Buttler is in prime form, the likes of Ben Stokes and D’ Arcy Short need to show their class with the bat. Short has been the flop of the season while Ben Stokes is slowly coming into his own with the ball. Sanju Samson played a blinder in the previous encounter and he needs to join the party against KKR by all means.

Coming to bowling department, the form Jofra Archer is playing a meaty role in Rajasthan’s success. Jaydev Unadkat too finding his touch while Dhawal Kulkarni needs to be consistent with his line and lengths. Spinner, Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal are bleeding runs which need an immediate attention by the management.

The fast bowling unit required an immediate notice by the KKR unit as they are not up to the mark throughout the season. The youngster, Prasidh Krishna has been impressive but debutant, Javon Searles has been taken to the cleaners. Despite leaking runs, Karthik would love to carry-on with the winning combination.

Match Details:

Toss Prediction – Dinesh Karthik could win the toss and might choose to bowl.

Pitch Report – A neutral wicket is on offer. However, batting will be easier as the game progresses.

Weather Report – There is a slight chance of rain interrupting the game. Hopefully, a passing shower.

Match-winner prediction – Kolkata Knight Riders

Playing XI:

KKR: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna

RR: D’Arcy Short, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Date & Time – Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 20:00 IST

Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Live Telecast – Star Sports Network, Jio and Hotstar Premium customers.