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KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction of IPL 2019: Preview

By Pranob Thachanthara

KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction of IPL 2019: Preview

Hello and Welcome to our preview for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals match. We are covering KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction, Preview and Probable Playing XI for the T20 match. The match is to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Kolkata Knight Riders have lost momentum after a good start in IPL’19 losing five consecutive encounters and are sitting in the sixth position on the points table with four wins and six losses. They lost their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad badly by 9 wickets. Batting first, Chris Lynn and Narine gave attacking start to Riders with former scoring 51 runs but middle-order failed to capitalise resulting in a mediocre target of 160 runs. Rinku Singh also scored good knock of 30 runs. Defending the target, KKR bowlers failed miserably leading to an easy chase of the target. Yarra Prithviraj took the only scalp in losing cause for his team. KKR will be determined to bounce back and get much-needed victory defeating RR at E’Den.

Rajasthan Royals are restricted on bottom of the points table with only three wins in ten encounters. They have to win all remaining matches and hope other results go in their way to stay alive in IPL’19. In the last match, They lost to Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets. Batting first, Ajinkya Rahane finally found his lost form scoring unbeaten knock of 105 runs and was supported by Steve Smith who scored another fifty to give a target of 192 to DC. Defending the good target, Rajasthan bowlers failed to stop the run flow leading to comfortable chase for Delhi. Shreyas Gopal took two scalps in losing cause for his team. Royals will hope to put their best effort in remaining matches and improve their standing in the points table.

A good match can be expected between both teams.

When and Where:

KKR VS RR, 43rd T20, Indian Premier League, 2019.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
25th April, 08:00 PM

Venue Stats:

Average 1st innings score: 143
Average 2nd innings score: 126

Pitch will be highly batting friendly. Pacers may find some support.

Matches won batting first: 3
Matches won bowling first: 7

Head to Head:

Matches played: 20
Rajasthan Royals: 09
Kolkata Knight Riders: 10

Matches played in Kolkata: 07
KKR: 06
RR: 01

Squads:

KKR:
Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Prithvi Raj, Sandeep Warrier, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik.

RR:
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Prashant Chopra, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, S. Midhun.

Team News:

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Carlos Brathwaite can replace under-performing Harry Gurney. M Kelly can also get a chance.

Kuldeep Yadav is likely to return in the XI replacing KC Cariappa. Prasidh Krishna can also replace Yarra Prithviraj.

Anyone among Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill can play. Chances of Gill are more.

Sunil Narine and C Lynn will open the innings. S Gill, Nitish Rana, D Karthik, Rinku and Russell will follow them.

Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will play the role of an all-rounder. Piyush Chawla can also contribute with the bat.

Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine will be the key spinners while Yarra Prithviraj will lead the pace attack along with Andre Russell and Brathwaite/H Gurney. Nitish Rana can also bowl few overs of spin.

Rajasthan Royals:

Jos Buttler has returned to England and will not play further in IPL’19. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will also play their last encounter.

Ashton Turner has got three consecutive golden ducks and is likely to be replaced by Liam Livingstone or Rahul Tripathi.

Jaydev Unadkat has failed to keep his economy in control and can be replaced by Mahipal Lomror. If Turner vacant his overseas spot, Then Ish Sodhi or Oshane Thomas can also get a chance.

Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane will open the innings. Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag will follow them.

Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny and Riyan Parag will play the role of an all-rounder. Jofra Archer and S Gopal can also contribute with bat.

Jofra Archer and Dhawal Kulkarni will lead the pace attack along with S Binny while Shreyas Gopal will be the key spinner along with Riyan Parag.

Playing XI (After TOSS)

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

2 changes for both sides, RR have gone with Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron at the expense of Dhawal Kulkarni and Ashton Turner.

KKR have got Carlos Brathwaite and Prasidh Krishna in for Harry Gurney and KC Carriappa.

KKR:
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, S Gill, Nitish Rana, D Karthik (c&wk), Rinku Singh, A Russell, Piyush Chawla, C Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Yaara Prithviraj, P Krishna.

They can shuffle their batting order.

RR:
Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Varun Aaron, R Parag, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Oshane Thomas, Dhawal Kulkarni.

KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction:

S Samson (wk)/Dinesh Karthik
Nitish Rana
C Lynn
S Smith
A Rahane
Riyan Parag/Stokes
A Russell (c)
S Narine (vc)
J Archer
S Gopal
Piyush Chawla

C and Vc Choices: A Russell, S Narine, Chris Lynn, N Rana, A Rahane, Steve Smith, J Archer.

Key Players:

Kolkata:
A Russell
S Narine
C Lynn
N Rana
D Karthik
Piyush Chawla
Rinku Singh

Rajasthan:
A Rahane
J Archer
Steve Smith
S Samson
Riyan Parag
S Gopal
S Binny

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Pranob Thachanthara

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