Rajasthan Royals will look to make it three wins out of three in the Indian Premier League 2020 against a tricky Kolkata Knight Riders side in Dubai on Wednesday. The Royals are top of the points tally with four points from two matches. They have defeated Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs and Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in two electrifying matches.
The Knight Riders started their season with a 49-run loss to Mumbai Indians, but quickly regrouped to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets. The Royals haven’t won three matches in a row at the start of a season since 2015. Will they be able to do that this season?
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The Royals have gone through two completely different games – but both exciting. The result against CSK was close, but the result was never in doubt. The recent result against Kings XI was probably the best of the entire IPL across campaigns.
As for the fantasy picks, Sanju Samson’s new-found consistency makes him a great pick. Steve Smith is a good choice at the top of the order, while Rahul Tewatia’s all-round skills make him an underdog pick. Jos Buttler is another name that can be a very good choice for your side.
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Knight Riders bounced back after a poor start, thanks to Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill. The two played contrasting innings against the Sunrisers to lead them over the line. Both Gill and Morgan remain good choices to make it to your side.
Andre Russell is never far away from a strong innings – and should be watched out. Kuldeep Yadav’s form is a concern and it is better to leave him out of your side. Varun Chakravarthy has done well on his debut and could be a wildcard choice.
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Sanju Samson has been in great touch this season with scores of 74 off 32 and 85 off 42 balls. With this new-found consistency an asset, Samson could be a great choice for your side.
Jos Buttler has an average of 57.2 as an opener since IPL 2018, which is the third-best among openers with 200+ runs. His ‘keeping gives an additional option and points.
Andre Russell is a huge presence for the KKR in the middle of the innings. Should he get a chance to play more overs, Russell can be a huge catch.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Steve Smith (C) 2 Jos Buttler (WK) 3 Sanju Samson 4 Robin Uthappa 5 Rahul Tewatia 6 Riyan Parag 7 Shreyas Gopal 8 Jofra Archer 9 Tom Curran 10 Ankit Rajpoot 11 Jaydev Unadkat
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill 2 Sunil Narine 3 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 4 Nitish Rana 5 Eoin Morgan 6 Andre Russell 7 Kamlesh Nagarkoti 8 Pat Cummins 9 Shivam Mavi 10 Kuldeep Yadav 11 Varun Chakravarthy
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