|Match Date:||7th April, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||28,000|
|Match Venue:||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur|
The Match 21 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Rajasthan Royals welcome Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Royals at last opened their IPL account in the last match against another bottom team, RCB. KKR, on the other hand, won an intense match against the same team by 5 wickets in what is widely considered as the league’s best chase so far.
Here is the complete analysis of the Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match:
|Key Players in form||RR- Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
KKR- Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik
|Weather Conditions||29℃, 16% Humidity, Winds up to 5 km/hr. No rains.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting first has won three of the five times last season at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. However, traditionally, the team chasing has won 26 out of the 40 games. Thus the winner of the toss should choose to bowl first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. However, a hint of grass on pitch might assist the pacers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 158
Highest Total (2018): 176/4 (CSK)
Last Match: RCB 158/4 | 164/3 RR
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 72 m, Down Boundary: 82 m, Back Boundary: 62 m|
|Injury Updates||RR – Australian cricketer Ashton Turner was absent due to international duty for Australia. However, he has joined the camp and may feature for RR, most probably in the place of an out-of-form Steven Smith.
KKR – Anrich Nortje has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
|Home Advantage||Rajasthan Royals|
|Head-to-Head||RR 9 – 9 KKR (1 No Result)|
|Form||RR- L W L W W
KKR- W W W L W
|Playing11||RR Playing11 :
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron.
KKR Playing11 :
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson.
RR vs KKR Dream11 Prediction 2019
Rajasthan Royals started the season on a poor note. It wasn’t their fault entirely, but the matches just seemed to slip of their hands. Like in the match against KXIP when a Mankading incident marred their entire second innings. Then, against SRH, they scored a massive 198 runs courtesy of a stunning century by Sanju Samson only to fail to defend it. Nonetheless, the Royals at last came of age in the last match when they won against RCB by 7 wickets. Batting has been their strength undoubtedly, but they will also have to get those vital wickets.
KKR, on the other hand, have been scintillating in their performances. The highlight for them this season has been the Never-say-die attitude that has won them even those matches that virtually seemed to be unwinnable. The stunning wins against SRH and RCB are a symbol of those. Andre Russell has been the leader in all of those victories. His abilities to hit ball sixes as others hit dot balls has been the West Indian’s most decisive feature.
Before this year no one had ever got 53 off the last 3 overs to win an IPL game. Thanks to Andre Russell, KKR have done that twice already – both *easily* in the end. Russell is redefining what is attainable – and considered normal – in T20.
— Tim (@timwig) April 5, 2019
And although it is definitely good that he is single-handedly winning the matches, it may be a curse in disguise if KKR rely on him too much. Russell’s big knocks have cleanly put the focus away from KKR’s underperforming bowling attack and their misfiring openers. Sunil Narine has been out of form and Lockie Ferguson was a disaster against RCB, conceding 32 runs in two overs. Kuldeep Yadav is also not performing up to the mark.
Although its an away fixture, KKR are clearly better-placed to win the match against RR. They have a great batting and this season’s arguably the best performing all-rounder – Andre Russell.
Considering Sawai Mansingh Stadium has a moderate conditions for batting, try choosing 3-4 batsman. Openers from RR (Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane) and middle-order batsman from KKR (preferably Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa) would do the trick. 2-3 all-rounders would work, with Andre Russell and Ben Stokes highly recommended.
RR vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Jos Buttler (WK), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal.
RR vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Chris Lynn, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Andre Russell, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Piyush Chawla.