KKR’s first burst in IPL 2019 was a total contrast to the position they find themselves now.
Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered five defeats on the trot, exposing their over-reliance on Andre Russell, and skipper Dinesh Karthik has copped criticism for not promoting the big-hitting West Indian up the order.
Having lost their last 5 games, from the top of the table, Dinesh Karthik’s boys have fallen to 6th. All the more reason that their next game vs RR needs to go their way.
RR on the other hand are right now in contention for the wooden spoon.
They have had a change of skippers but the situation really needs to improve. It’s time they started making inroads toward the top four as they are running out of games.
Rajasthan Royals’ fate too hangs by the thread. Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with an elegant century but his efforts went in vain as RR lost to Delhi Capitals in their last match.
Eden Gardens love contests and they will hope their favourite stars shall come to the party.
This promises to be a contest with many small battles being fought. It can get very tight and the matches more often than not tend to go down to the wire.
Head to head: The two teams have faced each other on 20 occasions in the past. KKR have won 10 matches compared to RR’s 9 wins. One game was abandoned without a ball bowled
Today ipl match team players name
KKR Likely XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
RR Likely XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni