In another juicy encounter of VIVO IPL, Rajasthan Royals meets Kolkata Knight Riders to fight for their second win in the tournament and avoid a place at the bottom of the table. Both teams have shown some promise in their lower order but the real problem lies in their top order and their bowling as KKR got thrashed by CSK and RR was totally humbled by table-toppers RCB. Both teams failed to get good starts in their previous games and have been at the mercy of their opponents with the new balls. Their lower order has fired at Wankhede but their bowling hasn’t been able to take wickets with the new ball as both teams conceded 100 runs plus opening partnership in the previous match.
With Jofra and Stokes out of the tournament Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler need to take command of the batting line-up and need to fire consistently. Chris Morris and Fizz need to pick some wickets with the new ball if RR wants to have any chance of qualifying this season.
RR vs KKR, Predicted Playing Xl
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal/Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman