Its the start of a fresh week and new hope for many teams in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. One such team is Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which has slipped in the pecking order of late and to resurrect their campaign, they will be locking horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in match no. 30.
The Royals have won three of their last five games and are now in fifth place in the points table. They were defeated by Gujarat Titans by 37 runs after failing to chase down a 193-run goal.
So far in the tournament, KKR has had a mixed experience. In the tournament, they have won three and lost the same number of games. KKR are now ranked 6th in the points rankings. They’ve dropped their form in the last two games. KKR’s most recent encounter was against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which they were defeated by 7 wickets after reaching 175 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Thus, both the teams are coming into this match with a loss from their previous fixtures and they will be looking to redeem themselves by winning this match.
RR vs KKR – Match Details
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: 18th April at 7:30 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
The pitch is anticipated to provide the hitters with the same level of support as it did in the first several matches at Brabourne Stadium. The Pacers should be able to find adequate speed and bounce off the pitch.
The team that wins the coin toss may decide to bowl. For the team batting first, anything above 185 runs would be a safe score.
The current Orange Cap holder is Jos Buttler. In five matches, he has scored 272 runs at a strike rate of 152.80 for RR.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell has been outstanding for KKR this season, having played some game-changing innings already he will be the player to watch out for today.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.