Kolkata vs Rajasthan will face each other in the 18th match of the tournament today.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have played 4 matches each in this year’s IPL. And both the teams have won 1 match each. KKR, who started the tournament with a win, lost the next three matches, two weeks after the start of the tournament. But the team has yet to find their best combination.
The fight could have been between two Tiger cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, but it is uncertain whether Shakib will be in the XI. After the auction on February 16, Shakib Al Hasan was more likely to be in the XI, while Mustafizur Rahman was less likely to be in the XI.
However, Mustafizur Rahman is getting regular opportunities in Rajasthan Royals due to injury trend. On the other hand Shakib Al Hasan was played in the first 3 matches. But the Tigers all-rounder did not live up to the expectations of the team, dropped out of the match XI against Chennai Super Kings. Even today, he is more likely to be out of the XI. So the Tiger supporters are not watching the Shakib-Mustafiz fight at the moment.
The two teams are not having a good time in this year’s edition of IPL. Kolkata and Rajasthan have already played four matches each in the tournament. The two teams have won one match each. Rajasthan Royals are at the bottom of the points table and Kolkata Knight Riders are at the seventh position.
Statistics of the Kolkata vs Rajasthan Match :
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have met in 22 matches in the IPL so far, where Kolkata has won 12 matches. Rajasthan, on the other hand, have won 10, but Kolkata have come a long way in recent battles. After returning from the ban, the Knights have won 6 of the 6 fights between the two teams.
The status of the two teams and the possible XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Kolkata Knight Riders are looking for their best combination. Kamlesh Nagarkoti could not take advantage of the opportunity against Chennai. Shivam Mavi may get a chance to replace him today. But Eoin Morgan’s form and captaincy are raising concerns for the team.
Probable XI: Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Rajasthan Royals: The latest bad news for Rajasthan, is that Joffra Archer has been knocked out of the tournament. Rajasthan have replaced South African batsman Van der Dussen with Ben Stokes. But the team is yet to get him due to the quarantine issue. And Manan Bhohra has not been able to perform well in the tournament so far. Instead, either Yashasvi Jaiswal or Anuj Rawat could be seen in the XI.
Probable XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal , Sanju Samson, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.
Pitch and condition: The batsmen are struggling to score runs on the mysterious pitch in Chennai, but Mumbai’s pitch is extending a helping hand to them. Most of the matches are big scores. So many runs can be expected from the fight between the two teams hungry for victory.