The match 43 of the season will evidence the clash of Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. This is going to be a much important game for both teams as Rajasthan is on the last spot with Six points whereas Kolkata is holding the Sixth position with Eight points in the Eight team-table. Rajasthan Royals (RR) can now get to the maximum of 14 points to qualify for playoffs which will now get tougher with every game. Kolkata still has their fate in their hand.
By the looks of it, both teams are looking weak in the bowling department and the middle-order has let down both the teams on a number of occasions in the league, thus far. Things are only getting more difficult for the Royals as they may lose the services of Ben Stokes as he will have to return to England to join the squad ahead of the WC. It will be a massive setback for the Western franchise as Stokes is a proven match-winner. For KKR, it is simple, they have to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs, which is going to be an uphill task.
KKR will hope that their famous spin trio can get back in form and win it for the Knights. The failure of the spinners has been a major factor for the slump in form for KKR. The match is going to be a humdinger as both the teams will fight every inch to win it.
CRICKET SCORE KOLKATA vs RAJASTHAN, MATCH 42 in IPL 2019
Rajasthan (177/7 in 19.2 overs) beat Kolkata (175/6) by 3 wickets.
TOSS – Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field against Kolkata!
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron
Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Kolkata Knight Riders Probable Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Matt Kelly.
Rajasthan Royals Probable Playing XI: Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Wicketkeeping: Notwithstanding his top form with the bat, in-form Dinesh Karthik is any day a big threat to the opposition. His ability to guide his bowlers from behind the wicket makes him a valuable asset for the side.
Batting: Both Kolkata and Rajasthan boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from – Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Dinesh Karthik, and Andre Russell. As the Kolkata track is known to assist the batters a little more – it would be ideal to pick batsmen who can dominate from the word go. Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane and big-hitting Russell would be an ideal choice for the batsmen’s role.
Bowling: Keeping the nature of Eden Gardens track in mind, the role of Jofra Archer and Dhawal Kulkarni become very crucial for their respective sides. Piyush Chawla and Shreyas Gopal can be picked as the spinners in the side.
All-Rounder: The smashing all-around abilities of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine is bound to work well for the side.
My Dream11 Team:
Sanju Samson (WK), Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Steve Smith (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Andre Russell, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Piyush Chawla.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Kolkata Knight Riders: L, L, L, L, L
Rajasthan Royals: L, W, L, W, L
The Pitch at Eden Gardens, Kolkata has been flat which results in high score in the game. The team winning the toss should have no doubt in opting to field first as another flat pitch is on offer.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Carlos Brathwaite, Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Nikhil Naik, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, Joe Denly, Srikanth Mundhe
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Shubham Ranjane.
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