KOL vs RR Prediction: Yesterday, Sunrisers Hyderabad disrupted Royal Challengers Bangalore’s ambitions for a top-two finish. SRH scored 141/7 in their first innings, with Jason Roy leading the way with 44. Harshal Patel added three more wickets to his Purple Cap tally. Despite cameos from Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers, RCB fell short by 4 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals now face off in their final league games. Kolkata are vying for a playoff spot with Mumbai Indians while Rajasthan are all but out of the race. Not only would KKR be looking to win the game, but they would also have one eye on the net run rate.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
Match 54, Indian Premier League
7 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
KOL vs RR Head to Head: It is pretty even between the two teams; Kolkata Knight Riders have 12 wins while Rajasthan Royals have 11 victories.
KOL – 60%
RR – 40%
It could have been a great knockout match, a proper quarter-final. However, it is unlikely RR can make it now considering their net run rate is below par. KKR are peaking at the right time and they have played a lot of games at Sharjah. We expect KKR to win this game and the betting sites seem to agree.
Bet365: KOL: 1.57; RR: 2.37
The inclusion of Venkatesh Iyer has changed the fortunes of the side in purple and gold. He has 201 runs and 3 wickets in six games for KKR.
Varun Chakravarthy is expected to shine in this game. He will be dangerous against a brittle RR middle order. He has 15 wickets in 13 games at an economy of 6.74.
Evin Lewis has been in good form in recent matches. KKR’s opening bowlers haven’t been in great form especially their pacers. Lewis has 152 runs in six games at a strike rate of 162.
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
RR Playing XI
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman
Recent history suggests it will be another slow track, tough to bat on. Run scoring hasn’t been easy and bowlers have been on top. 140-150 could be a fighting total on this pitch. The team winning the toss would look to chase.
If KOL bats first: 150-160
If RR bats first: 140-150
There is no expected change in the weather pattern over Sharjah for today’s match. It will be a bright sunny day with a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. Because of the sun setting at 05:58 PM local time, it will cool down a bit by 3 to 4 degrees by the time match starts. The temperature will be 33 degrees Celsius with a humidity level of around 50%. Light winds will prevail during the match hours. The climatic conditions will thus remain tough for the players as they will feel the same discomfort as if it were 41 -42 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: S Samson
BATSMEN: E Lewis, R Tripathi, Y Jaiswal
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Al Hasan, S Narine, R Tewatia, V Iyer,
BOWLERS: M Rahman, S Mavi, V Chakravarthy
Captain choices: V Iyer/ E Lewis
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