Two teams struggling in their own right will clash in match #43 of the Indian Premier League 2019 at Eden Gardens. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will host Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial match for both the sides.
KKR have four wins and six losses this season, five of which have come in a row. They need to win at least three of their remaining four games to keep their season alive. On the other hand, RR have six points after ten matches and need to win every game to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Three of their five straight losses have come at home, where KKR have a 2-3 record. With almost a do-or-die situation staring them in the face, KKR would love to get back to winning ways
A lot of their wins have come from the heroics of Andre Russell (392 runs, seven wickets), who tops both their batting and bowling charts. It is vital for KKR that the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, and Sunil Narine come good.
Ajinkya Rahane’s century in his last against Delhi has given hope that the RR can finally answer their top-order problems. Still, the inconsistency of Sanju Samson and the middle-order collapses continue to haunt them.
Bowling wise, only Jofra Archer (11 wickets) and Shreyas Gopal (12 wickets) have been among the wickets. Archer will be leaving for international duty soon, leaving a void. That could put pressure on the non-performing members like Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sanju Samson has scored just 107 runs after his sparkling century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It is about time he rediscovers his scoring form.
Andre Russell has been a ‘must have’ in your fantasy side. With 41 sixes, a SR of 217.77 and three 50 scores, the all-rounder has given enough points to warrant a place.
Nitish Rana has seen his scores come down in the season. However, a SR of 151.53 and an ability to construct an innings should get him a place in your side.
KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Shubman Gill 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 6 Rinku Singh 7 Andre Russell 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Matt Kelly 11 Y Prithviraj
RR: 1 Ajinkya Rahane 2 Sanju Samson (WK) 3 Steve Smith (C) 4 Ben Stokes 5 Riyan Parag 6 Liam Livingstone 7 Stuart Binny 8 Jofra Archer 9 Shreyas Gopal 10 Jaydev Unadkat 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
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