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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: Match Preview

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IPL’s match number 43 will see Kolkata Knight Riders play Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.

Kolkata Knight Riders lost their last game to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets. They are sixth in the IPL points table with 8 points. After starting the season strong they have lost their momentum completely.

Rajasthan Royals lost their last game against Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets. They are eight in the IPL points table with 6 points. A defeat will end their all hopes of progressing to the next round.

Form

Kolkata Knight Riders – LLLLL

Kolkata has lost all of their last five games. Their season seems to have derailed from it’s tracks. They started pretty strong but apart from Russell no one has performed consistenly. Kolkata can still qualify for the next stage if they can turn their form around.

Rajasthan Royals – LWLWL

Royals are having another poor season. They lie at the bottom of the IPL points table. They are performing better under Smith’s captaincy than under Rahane’s. Even Rahane is enjoying playing under less pressure. Their only weak spot is their death bowling. They don’t seem to have anyone besides Archer who can bowl some dot balls.

Stadium

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Probable Lineups

Kolkata Knight Riders

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Key Player

Andre Russell (KKR)

Russell is the reason behind Kolkata having four wins this season. He will again be the key against Rajasthan. Although he needs backing from other players but his bat makes up for most of their failures. He will be looking to continue his good form.

Ben Stokes (RR)

Rajasthan’s top three batsmen look pretty solid. Their issue starts when those three gets out. None of the other batsmen have shown temperament to play a good innings. Stokes will be given the responsibility of scoring quick runs after Smith, Rahane and Samson have provided the others a base to explode. His cameo will be the key for Royals.

Best Fantasy Team

Keeper – Samson

Batsmen – Rahane, Smith, Rana, Gill

All Rounder – Narine, Binny, Russell

Bowler – Chawla, Archer, S Gopal

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