Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to arrest their five-match losing streak in Kolkata. In the 43rd match of VIVO IPL 2019, KKR is going to host Rajasthan Royals at Eden Garden. This is going to be a fascinating match as KKR needs a win anyhow to enter into the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals are nothing to lose in this season now. As a result, they will perform tonight without any pressure. Can Andre Russell take KKR to a victory? Let’s find it out.
Statistics in VIVO IPL 2019
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Statistics
KKR has started the season in an electrifying mood by winning their first four matches out of five matches. The side is strong enough to beat any team. But after winning four matches, they have suffered five consecutive losses. They have lost three matches at their home ground only. KKR’s batting line up has done reasonably well throughout the series, but its bowling line up has disappointed a lot.
The spinners of KKR have not taken an appreciable number of wickets as the pitch condition is not favoring them. In the home ground, they are getting the green pitch, so their seam bowlers should step up to take advantages of it and take quick wickets.
After the defeat in Hyderabad, some players are given time off, and some of them are allowed to sway their mind from the game. Some players have gone to KKR’s academy to boost their skills. So the payers are well prepared to face Rajasthan Royals tonight.
Rajasthan Royals’ Statistics
Rajasthan Royals have won only three matches out of their ten matches. Currently, they are in a position; if they win all matches at this moment, it may not be sufficient for them to reach the playoffs. But they have to win all matches now and faith on the mathematical equation for any surprise.
RR is a balanced side, but they have some underperforming players. It is the right time for them to repay the management’s faith in them with their performances. Like KKR, RR has the issue with its bowling attack. Except for Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal, no other bowlers have not given their 100% yet.
Players to watch
Andre Russell has done the best comeback ever in this season of IPL. He has scored 392 runs in nine innings. He has topped the strike rate chart in this season with 217.78 strike rate. Till now Russell is the only match-winning player for KKR, but now it’s the time for other batsmen and bowlers step up and make a comeback for KKR in VIVO IPL 2019.
Ajinkya Rahane was relived from captaincy pressure, and he has scored a sensational century against Delhi Capitals. So you can expect some good score from him now. The newly appointed skipper Steven Smith is in good form. He has scored two half-centuries in their last two encounters.
In bowling, you can watch out Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal. Both bowlers are doing great even in death bowlers. In KKR side, you can expect good innings from Kuldeep Yadav tonight.
KKR vs RR Rivalry
KKR and RR have played 19 matches so far. KKR has won 10 matches, and RR has won 9 matches. At Eden Garden, they have met seven times until now. RR had won only one time at Eden Garden on their very first visit in 2008.
Both the team has a very poor record on batting first in this season. KKR has won only one match from five times, they have batted first. RR has batted first four times, and they have lost all matches.
Dream 11 Prediction
You can watch out these probable playing 11 of both teams to select your Dream 11 team for tonight.
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Matt Kelly.
Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
VIVO IPL 2019 KKR vs RR
Venue: Eden Garden
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar