RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: MATCH PREVIEW & MATCH PREDICTION

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Match 15, IPL 2018

RR vs KKR Match Preview

Jaipur, April 18 at 08:00 PM IST

Rajasthan Royals, the only team in this year’s IPL to have defended the set total twice, takes on Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. It will be a contest of the equals with both the teams coming into the fixtures after registering comprehensive victories in their previous fixtures.

RR overpowered the mighty RCB in their backyard on Sunday, courtesy Sanju Samson’s special innings. With the ball, spinner Shreyas Gopal bowled superbly to one of the most destructive batting lineups in the IPL and returned with figures of 2/22 which included AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli’s scalps.

KKR too were clinical against DD on Monday’s fixture. First, the Knight Rider’s batting performed at their best to put on a par score and later their spinners flattened the DD chase.

Read on for RR vs KKR Team News to find out who will play and the players that can miss out.

 

RR VS KKR TEAM NEWS

Rajasthan Royals

  • RR look sorted with their combination.
  • Rahane played through an injury in the last game but he is expected to play.
  • They may bring Jofra Archer in for Ben Laughlin.
  • D’Arcy Short may get one more game.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • After a clinical win over Delhi Daredevils on Monday, KKR may stick to their XI.
  • Shubman Gill, who batted at 7 in last two games, could bat up the order.
  • Tom Curran might get the game again.

 

RR VS KKR PLAYING 11

RR look sorted in their batting while they can make a change or two.

RR Playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, D Arcy Short/Heinrich Klaasen

Stay tuned for updates on RR vs KKR Playing 11

 

KKR could stick to their last XI for this one, with Tom Curran getting another game.

KKR Playing 11: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran/Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav

Stay tuned for updates on RR vs KKR Playing 11

 

RR VS KKR KEY PLAYERS

Rajasthan Royals:

  • Sanju Samson has had an excellent run so far, accumulating 178 runs in 3 matches. He is definitely a RAJ vs KOL key player.
  • Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Laughlin, and Shreyas Gopal are the other contributors for RR.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

  • Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Nitesh Rana have all made contributions with the bat for KKR.
  • Both Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav came good with the ball in the last match.

 

Note: This RR vs KKR Dream11 match preview is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 from the squad listed above.

 

RAJ VS KOL DREAM11 PREDICTION

  • In our RR vs KKR Dream11, we have picked Rahane, Rana, Samson, Russell, Stokes and Narine.
  • Both Karthik and Buttler are good options for wicket-keeper.
  • You can pick and choose 5th batsman and bowlers as per their current performances.

 

In the Spotlight: RR vs KKR

After registering thumping wins in their previous encounters, the Rajasthan Royals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at their fortress, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur.

Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur

When: 18 April 2018, 8:00 PM

Here’s a look at what the odds have to say  in today’s Raj vs Kol IPL 2018 match as per Bet365 RR vs KKR IPL Prediction:

ODDS IN FAVOUR OF KEY PLAYERS FROM BOTH TEAMS

RR vs KKR Top Batsman:

Nitish Rana (KKR): The young all-rounder played a valiant inning of 59 in the previous game, and the odds in favor of him performing in today’s Raj vs Kol match is 9/2, meaning a return of 450 over a stake of Rs 100.

Chris Lynn (KKR): The tearaway Australian opener is one of the most explosive T20 batsman going around in the world, and after a failure in the first few games expect some Lynnsanity against RR. The odds of performing for Lynn in today’s Raj vs Kol match are 13/5 meaning a stake of Rs 360 over an investment of Rs 100.

Sanju Samson (RR): The leading run-scorer thus far in the tournament, Samsun has been in imperious form in Vivo IPL 2018, and the odds of him performing in today’s Raj vs Kol match are 3/1 meaning a stake of Rs 400 over an investment of Rs 100.

Ajinkya Rahane (RR): Rahane has been a cornerstone for the Royals over the years and after an ordinary first match, where he could score just 12,  the odds stacked in favor of the skipper to perform in this all-important clash is 11/4,  meaning a return of 375 over a stake of Rs 100.

RAJ vs KOL Top Bowlers:

Sunil Narine (KKR): Apart from his swashbuckling batting, Narine due to his immaculate bowling has grown to become an indispensable part both for the Knight Riders, and the odds in favor of him performing again is 12/5, meaning a return of Rs 340 over a stake of Rs 100.

Jaydev Unadkat (RR): The left-arm fast bowler turned heads when he racked up 11 crores at the IPL auctions and the odds in his favor of justifying his price tag are 11/4, meaning a return of Rs 400 over a bid of 100.

 

The Big Picture

After registering thumping wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils respectively, the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will square off at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Wednesday, April 18th.

Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur

When: 18 April 2018

Pitch Conditions:

The Rajasthan Royals return to a venue, that they have proceeded to make their fortress (72% win percentage) years– The Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The venue that hosted a solitary Test match as an initiative for “Cricket for peace” between India and Pakistan, the ground has seen a plethora of record-breaking feat, the most recent being Virat Kohli’s fastest hundred for an Indian against Australia in 2013. The ground is owned by Rajasthan State Sports Council and can bear witness to 23,185 spectators.

Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score has hovered from 158 to 153, 34.1 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (14) while team’s batting second have won 63.4% of three matches (26) and one match has ended in a tie.

Team News and Probable 11:

Rajasthan Royals

After being humbled by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first game, the Rajasthan Royals have come back admirably well with a rain-marred win over Delhi and they followed it up with a clinical win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy.

Sanju Samson was the chief architect of Rajasthan’s win as the talented Kerela batsman stroked a pristine 92 to set an improbable 218 runs for RCB to win, and the bowlers led by Shreyas Gopal (2-22), complimented the batsman’s effort as they reduced a star-studded RCB batting line-up to 6-198, setting up a 19 run win. The Royals now move to Jaipur, on a ground that has long been a fortress for them, more than 70% win record.

Probable XI: 

Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), D’Archy Short, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, S.Gopal, K Gowtham, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

Kolkata Knight Riders

After an insipid batting performance against the Sunrisers Hyderabad a few nights ago, the Knight Riders came storming back against the Delhi Daredevils last night.

Spearheaded by Chriss Lynn (31) at the top, the middle order in Rana (59), Uthappa (35) and Russell (41 off 12 balls), cashed in big time, and accumulated 9-200 in their quota of 20 overs. While their batting was impressive, the bowling was exceptional.

Spearheaded by Sunil Narine (3-18), who became just the third bowler to take 100 plus wickets for a single IPL Franchise, and ably supported by Yadav (3-32), KKR demolished the DD batting line-up as they completed a 71 run victory.

The Knight Riders now travel to Jaipur, and with a humongous win in the last match and short turnaround between games, they are expected to field the same playing 11.

Probable 11:

Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dinesh Karthik (capt), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubhman Gill, Piyush Chawla Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Tom Curran, Shivam Mavi

 

Pitch Report & Weather Condition

Mostly Sunny 103° F/ 39° C ~ Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 18th April 2018

Match Details :

  • Match Info: Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals(RR), 15th Match, Indian Premier League, 2018
  • Match Date: 18 April 2018, Wednesday
  • Match Venue:  Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  • Match Time: 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL
  • Total Capacity:  30,000 Seats
  • Avg 1st Innings Total: 184 Runs
  • Avg 2nd Innings Total: 185 Runs
  • Highest Score:   210/8 (19.4 Over) by Eng vs RSA
  • Lowest Score:  182/10 (20 Over) by Afg vs RSA
  • Highest Chased: 230/8 (19.4 Over) by Eng vs RSA
  • Lowest Defended: 209/5 (20 Over) by RSA vs Afg

Toss Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders Will win the toss and will decide to bowl first

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