A vibrant Kolkata Knight Riders will face a rather lucky Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata
After what seemed like a mid-season slump, KKR have done well to finish as high as third. Rajasthan, on the other hand, must thank their stars.
Kolkata must thank their batsmen in main for helping them recover. Sunil Narine has stood out with the bat with his uncanny batting. There has been good support from skipper Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. The bowling though has not been up to the mark. The pacers have struggled while the spin trio has lost sting as the tournament has progressed.
CN’s Dream XI for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: Dinesh Karthik (C) (W), Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa
Rajasthan have a massive task on hand. They have lost both the matches against the same opponent earlier in the tournament. Also, they have only a solitary win against KKR at Eden Gardens. RR would clearly have wanted the in-form Jos Buttler in the team. At the same time, they would take confidence from their win against RCB. Being underdogs, they have nothing to lose, and it is also when they are at their most dangerous.
CN’s Dream XI for Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Sanju Samson, Jatin Saxena, Ish Sodhi, Rahul Tripathi