In the only match of the day, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi before winding up their UAE campaign. KKR and RR have played each other on 12 occasions and have won half of the matches each.
Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the teams in IPL 2014 boasts of mighty batting line-up consisting of the likes of Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan. The names should be enough to scare the opponents, but on the contrary the 2012 champions could not chase down a target of 133 posted by Kings XI Punjab in their last match. One of the major reasons is the continuous failure on part of KKR captain Gautam Gambhir as a batsman.
As for Rajasthan Royals, their captain Shane Watson looks in good shape. So is some of their players look in good touch like Sanju Samson. We take a look at top five players that may shine for their side in today’s match.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Sunil Narine took 3 wickets for 29 runs in his last match against Kings XI Punjab to wrap the side up. The most economical bowler of tournament, Sunil Narine has taken over the purple cap becoming the leading wicket taker. Sunil Narine has bowled 50 dot balls and is just placed after his teammate Morne Morkel with 51 dot balls this season.
Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)
Rajasthan Royals Captain Shane Watson needing 29 more runs to complete his 2000 runs in IPL is playing some good cricket. In the company of other big hitters, Australian all-rounder is providing the side needed stability at good strike rate. He has done some quick thinking in axing names like James Faulkner and Bradd Hodge to show his smart leadership skills.
Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders)
He is the in-form batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders. Jacques Kallis in absence of Gautam Gambhir’s horrible show has made some quick runs like the one against Mumbai Indians, where the South African Veteran made 72 to hand KKR their first win. With a score of 72 against MI, 0 against DD, 43 against RCB, 9 against KXIP, Kallis will be the man to watch out for against Rajathan Royals.
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)
Sanju Samson became an overnight star when he batted brilliantly against Kings XI Punjab. He made a timely 52 along with Captain Shane Watson who made a 50*, he could not continue the good form against Chennai falling at 16 runs. But he is seen as the rising star this IPL 2014 and team mentor rahul dravid would be expecting him to play a greater role in the side.
Dark Horse: Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals)
Pravin Tambe at the age of 41 is in limelight courtesy his phenomenal run at this IPL season 2014. The leg spinner is giving youngsters a run for their money as he consistently bowling some great overs. Playing his first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was impressive against SRH with an economy of 5.75 runs per over. He followed this up with other brilliant bowling performances against KXIP (6.5), CSK (6.75) and RCB (5.00). he has not allowed the batsmen to get away with free runs and will be the most watched out player in tonight’s match.