Rajasthan's Quest Against Kolkata To Get Out of Middle Muddle | Predicted XIs, Pitch Report, Fantasy Tips
Rinku Singh and Shardul Thakur (Source: AP Newsroom)
It's the big battle between the two powerful sides of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) that will take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday.
Also, this is the first time that these sides will go head-to-head against each other and surely, won't be less than a blockbuster.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Led-by Nitish Rana, Kolkata fought against all odds during their previous game versus Punjab Kings (PBKS) that went right down to the wire as they eventually managed to steal the victory on the last ball courtesy of their hero Rinku Singh who smacked a four off Arshdeep Singh's delivery.
With five wins in eleven games, they are currently on sixth position with ten points and a Net Run Rate (NRR) that is in negative. They have three games left including this one while their other two opponents are Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).
In-form batters Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jason Roy, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh and most importantly Andre Russell would boost their chances of another win if they manage to click together.
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
After a tragic defeat against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Rajasthan would be looking to make a comeback as their hope would rely on the likes of Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer to fire for them.
Royals are one place ahead of their counterparts with similar points, wins, matches but the only difference is their NRR which is holds a positive sign. In their last encounter, bowling proved way more expensive for them as they were unable to defend 215.
Injury to Trent Boult meant they lacked a solid bowling option and now, would be hopeful of him recovering as soon as possible.
Date & Time: May 11, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Live Streaming and Broadcasting: JioCinema & Star Sports Network
Pitch Report: Spin has played a major part in the games being play at Eden Gardens as the average score has been around 180. Teams have mainly struggled to put runs on the board during the middle overs and it gets a little easier as the match progresses which means that chasing is likely to be easier.
Probable Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy
Impact Players Substitutes
Jason Roy, Anukul Roy, N Jagadeesan, Lockie Ferguson, Kulwant Khejroliya
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
Impact Players Substitutes
Joe Root, Adam Zampa, Riyan Parag, KM Asif, Kuldip Yadav
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Wicket-keeper: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson
Batters: Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Varun Chakaravarthy, Yuzvendra Chahal
Captain: Jos Buttler
Vice-captain: Nitish Rana
The high-voltage clash is likely to be played quite intensely and is expected to be another thriller in this top-class tournament. Looking at both sides, Rajasthan are favourites for this battle as they have batters who knows how to adapt well to these conditions.