Indian Premier League, 2018

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 

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.

While not much changes are expected, D’Arcy Short, who has been in indifferent form thus far might pave way for Henrich Klaasen, while fit-again Jofra Archer can repace Ben Laughlin.

Probable XI: 

Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), D’Archy Short/Henrich Klaasen, 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

Where to watch Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com