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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Match Preview

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IPL Match number 21 pits Ajinkya Rahane’s Rajasthan Royals against Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders.

Rajasthan Royals managed to win their last game against bottom team Royal Challengers Bangalore. They will feel rejuvenated after their first win of the season. Rajasthan Royals have a good record in their home stadium, Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Kolkata Knight Riders will be on a high after another great run chase from them which was catapulted by another Russell blizzard. Knight Riders were second favourites for most of the match before Russell came to bat. Everything changed afterwards.

Form

Rajasthan Royals – LLLW

Royals lost their three games before winning the last one against Royal Challenger Bangalore at home. Sawai Mansingh Stadium has been a great ground for Rajasthan Royals. They don’t lose much here. A turnaround in form can be expected from the men in pink after confidence boosting win over RCB.

Kolkata Knight Riders – WWLW

Kolkata Knight Riders have been in great form. Their only defeat came against Delhi Chargers in a super over. Their last victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore were all down to one man, Andre Russell. He is their man at the moment, winning them matches one-handedly.

Stadium

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Probable Line-ups

Rajasthan Royals

Rahane(c), Buttler(wk), Samson, Smith, Stokes, Tripathi, K Gowtham, Archer, S Gopal, Kulkarni, Aaron/Binny.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Lynn, Narine, Uthappa(wk), N Rana, D Karthik(c), Gill, Russell, Chawla, K Yadav, L Ferguson, P Krishna.

Key Players

Steven Smith (RR)

Smith has managed to get some starts in a couple of innings but hasn’t managed to convert them into something fruitful. Royals need Smith’s solidity in the middle-order. Playing against likes of Narine, Chawla and Kuldeep, Smith can convert those starts. He is one of the best players of spin bowling.

Sunil Narine (KKR)

Andre Russell has been doing is usual business and winning Knight Riders game on his own. But they are missing their other West Indian, another game changer. Narine looks a bit out of touch but he is a kind of player who doesn’t stay out of form for long. He is due to a big performance and it might come today.

Best Fantasy Team

Keeper – Buttler

Batsmen – Samson, Smith, Rana, Uthappa

All Rounder – Stokes, Russell, Narine

Bowlers – S Gopal, Chawla, Archer.

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