In a game played in the regular season of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders host Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
Kolkata Knight Riders are in the 6th spot in the league table and this is less than ideal for someone who has a roster that boasts of superstars. They have lost the last five games in a row and this not the kind of form needed to win championships. The team has lost all of its confidence and will be looking to get back on track. It appears that they are not going to make the playoffs and it would be a shame for a franchise of their stature.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are in the second last spot and might be looking to avoid dropping down to the last spot. They will be losing some key players in the coming days which is going to put a dent to the way the team wants to play. Ajinkya Rahane was under immense pressure before and soon enough he will once again be the leader of the franchise. All this has been unjust for the management who have worked really hard to get a strong squad but can’t do anything for these underwhelming performances.
Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
Date & Time – 25th April | 8:00 PM IST
KKR vs RR Dotball Team News
This pitch has been a batting friendly pitch in the last few games and it favours the team who bats second to win the game as dew factor also comes in.
The Squads –
Kolkata Knight Riders –
Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Harry Gurnley, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna
Rajasthan Royals –
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi
Kolkata Knight Riders –Dinesh Karthik, KC Cariappa/Sandeep Warrier, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj/Kuldeep Yadav
Rajasthan Royals –Dhawal Kulkarni, Ajinkya Rahane, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Steven Smith, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner/Liam Livingstone
Key Players –
Kolkata Knight Riders – Chris Lynn | Andre Russell | Sunil Narine
Rajasthan Royals – Ajinkya Rahane | Steve Smith | Jofra Archer
KKR vs RR Dream11 Team:
Wicketkeeper: D Karthik (KKR, 9 Cr)
Batsman: C Lynn (KKR, 9.5 Cr), N Rana (KKR, 9 Cr), A Rahane (RR, 9 Cr), S Smith (RR, 9.5 Cr)
Bowlers: J Archer (RR, 9 Cr), S Gopal (RR, 9 Cr), K Yadav (RR, 8.5 Cr)
All Rounders: A Russell (KKR, 10.5 Cr), S Narine (KKR, 9 Cr), S Binny (RR, 8 Cr)
Captain: A Russell (KKR)
V-Captain: A Rahane (RR)