Hello all and Welcome to Addi’s Prediction
It’s KKR VS RR
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Rajasthan Royals continued their campaign to make the playoffs of IPL 2018 as they demolished a strong Mumbai Indians side with ease. That win would have sent jitters down the other teams that are jostling with the Royals for the final remaining two spots in the playoffs. One of those teams is the Kolkata Knight Riders, the opponent for the Rajasthan Royals in this crucial upcoming game.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been quite inconsistent over the duration of their campaign but they are also coming into this game on the back of an emphatic win where they scored the fourth highest total in IPL history.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
The Kolkata Knight Riders are hitting their stride at just the right time in this tournament and it is very important for this young team to continue the good work at this most crucial juncture. Scoring 245 in the last match would have filled KKR with confidence but they also ended up conceding over 200 runs in that same match.
We often say the one man can make a huge difference to the fortunes of his team and Jos Buttler is proving that without a doubt. He has flourished in this tournament since being promoted to open the batting and is just scoring runs for fun at the moment.
He now has five consecutive half-centuries in this tournament and it would take a brave man to bet against a sixth. Jos Buttler is a very smart player and knows that he can wait for the weaker bowlers to take full toll. KKR will offer him a couple of inexperienced bowlers and if Buttler is able to spend a little bit of time at the crease before coming up against them then he could be in business once again.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Plenty of rain has been forecast for this match in Kolkata. We can be almost certain that there will be interruptions and some overs may be lost. The fact that the Eden Gardens is now a world-class facility which drains water very quickly makes us optimistic about a game being played out in spite of the conditions.
The pitch at the Eden Gardens offers something for the fast bowlers and has plenty of bounce. An even contest between bat and ball with a score of around 170 considered par should be expected.
Gud Luck all