Rajasthan Royals will hope to continue being the only undefeated side this season when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders next up at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. There definitely is no circling out a favourite in any IPL game. KKR, though far from their very best, can halt the Royals' perfect start if any of their key players get going. RR vs KKR My11Circle contests will be relying on a couple of showmen, who definitely will play a crucial role in deciding the outcome of this game. A win for KKR will take them level on points with the Royals, and a win for the Royals will give them a huge advantage at the top of the table.
Match 12, IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Wednesday 30 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
It will be a very different story for Rajasthan, who’ll be playing away from Sharjah for the first time in the tournament. They are not likely to make any changes to their playing 11, but might tweak their batting line-up a bit.
RR Predicted XI
Steve Smith (C)
Jos Buttler (WK)
Kuldeep Yadav’s IPL 2020 has been nothing short of horrific so far. With options available, his performance in the next few games will be crucial now for him to retain his place. Kolkata’s batting does look a lot better now after their second game. They’ll likely continue with the same line-up.
KKR Predicted XI
Dinesh Karthik (C & WK)
Let's look at the IPL 2020 RR vs KKR My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler
BAT: Eoin Morgan, Steven Smith, Shubman Gill
ALL: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran
BLR: Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Jofra Archer
SUBS: Dinesh Karthik(S4), Kamlesh Nagarkoti(S3), Rahul Tewatia(S2), Nitish Rana(S1)
Two wicket-keepers, both from the same team. Jos Buttler did not deliver what we hoped he would in the first game. He will be the key for Rajasthan Royals though, given Abu Dhabi's long boundaries and sluggish track. Sanju Samson has been one of this tournament's highlights. He has 159 runs in just two innings averaging 79.5. He is bound to score another big score today, but the long boundary might just take a hit on his strike rate.
We have 3 batsmen in our line-up, because of more all-rounders to be picked in the side. Nitish Rana is the only worthwhile exclusion, with Shubman Gill making the cut for us ahead of him. Steven Smith, also our vice-captain, will be the key man for Royals given the change in conditions. He has 119 runs in two innings and a score anywhere close to his average will be a big deal. Eoin Morgan showed how good he is even when is not able to connect at ease. His stability will be the main pillar of KKR’s batting line-up.
With long boundaries and a track supporting bowlers, having more players who can both bat and bowl will be the biggest deciding factor in fantasy contests. Sunil Narine, who is our Captain choice, hasn’t really delivered his best, but is still among the top performers this season. Looking at the track, we expect him to get a wicket or two. Looking at Royals’ bowling, he might as well get some handy 15-20 runs, with a boundary or two. Andre Russell hasn’t really got a chance to show his mettle yet, but we do expect him to come out and land a few meaty blows today. Tom Curran is in our side because of his bowling mainly. He will be expected to deliver four economical overs with a wicket or two in it.
Jofra Archer leaked heavily in Royals’ last game, majorly due to the short boundaries. With the ground and conditions changed, he is likely to spit venom on KKR’s top-order. Shivam Mavi has been one of this season’s emerging stars, and he will likely be in line to pick up a wicket or two. Pat Cummins' spell of 4-0-19-1 speaks volumes of why he is in our squad. He will be expected to deliver four economical overs and pickup at least a wicket in the process.
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