IPL 2020, Kolkata VS Rajasthan : Match Preview & Playing XI Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders will have to bat out of their skin to stop a marauding Rajasthan Royals when the two teams clash in an IPL match on Wednesday.

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the battle between Steve Smith and Dinesh Karthik’s men. Both the teams will be riding on a win in their previous match and it is expected to be a cracker of a contest.

Having started off as underdogs, the Royals have taken the IPL by storm. Rajasthan Royals have scripted a miraculous tale in IPL 2020 if the first two matches . In two wins from two matches, the Royals have got past the 200-mark with ease. Steve Smith has scored runs consistently but the bulk of the work has been done by the Indian players.In their success, they have found two stars in Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia, who have outshone marquee players.

However, Rajasthan’s bowling department has been a matter of concern for the side. Players like Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat have not lived up to the expectations with the ball in hand resulting in giving away plenty of runs.
For this next match, however, the Rajasthan Royals are going to have to work with some different conditions. The ground in Dubai is much larger than at Sharjah with a pitch that is slower and so the average scores have been much lesser too.

On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders have improved immensely from their defeat against the Mumbai Indians. The team looked like a more balanced bunch against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and went on to pick up a comprehensive victory with two overs to spare.
The inclusion of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy immediately made the team better. However, it also meant that KKR was playing with seven genuine bowling options.Both Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan returned to form with the bat while the bowling department also performed brilliantly.

KKR bowled much better against SRH than it had in the opening match. Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, and Andre Russell were all very good. The knights will be expecting players like Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine to be at their best with the ball. but the lack of runs from Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik so far is a major concern.

Possible Plying XI of Rajasthan Royals :
Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot.

Rajasthan Royals squad :
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer.

Possible Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi.

Kolkata Knight Riders squad :
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, Rahul Tripathi.

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