Today’s match will be between Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders at Jaipur. Both teams will be heading into this match at the back of victories in their previous games.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has crossed the 200 mark twice in four matches in this edition of the IPL —against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ahead of its contest against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here, the team will be confronted with the high batting benchmarks it has set.
Both teams have two wins under their belt although KKR have played four matches while RR three. The franchises will be booming with confidence ahead of the game and it is bound to be a pretty exciting encounter.
This is the first time in five years that KKR are facing RR at Jaipur. Last time when they took on RR at Jaipur, KKR lost the match by 19 runs.
A win for Kolkata Knight Riders will take them to the top of the table as they already have a better net run rate than current table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.
If Rajasthan win then they will rise to atleast second position in the table.
Head To Head
Overall: Matches – 16, RR won – 9, KKR won – 6
At Sawai Mansingh Stadium: Matches – 4, RR won – 3, KKR won – 1
Last Meeting: 2015 – RR won by 9 runs.
For KKR, Andre Russell will also be the one to watch on Wednesday. An acknowledged entertainer in the T20 format, he has played some astonishingly robust shots during his four visits to the middle. With a rich experience of playing in different professional T20 leagues around the world, Russell has proved to be a good buy for KKR.
Accounting for Samson and Russell’s form, it is the batting depth of KKR and RR that shall count on Wednesday.
Predicted Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.