Kolkata Knight Riders face Rajasthan Royals in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With both teams having six wins and as many losses from 12 games, the contest on Tuesday could very much end up being a do-or-die clash for them.
After facing twin setbacks against Mumbai, Kolkata came up with a stupendous effort against Kings XI Punjab, their batting, in particular, being splendid. Sunil Narine once again came up with a brilliant effort. Chris Lynn also has been among the runs of late. Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik have been keeping together the lower order.
Their bowling has been a bit of a worry of late. The injury to Shivam Mavi came at a wrong time. The form of Kuldeep Yadav too has been poor of late, with just four scalps in last eight matches. The hosts though have an excellent record against Rajasthan at Eden Gardens, having lost just one match against them.
For Rajasthan, it has been all about Jos Buttler. The Englishman has been spectacular ever since he was pushed up to open. For the record, he has five consecutive fifties. That says something. Buttler has come up with blazing, unbeaten 90s in wins against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The rest though have floundered, and need to buck up for Buttler is due for a failure.
Even Sanju Samson, who started the season so convincingly, has fallen away. Jofra Archer has continued to impress with his pace. But, big buys Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat remain problem areas. It’s is about time they raise their game.
Played 17. Kolkata won 7. Rajasthan won 9, Abandoned: 1
Head-to-head at Eden Gardens
Played 6. Kolkata won 4, Rajasthan won 1, Abandoned 1
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C) (W), Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Apporv Wankhade
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler (W), Dushmantha Chameera, Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Sudhesan Midhu, Sanju Samson, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ish Sodhi, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat