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The next match is a very important match for both the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals. Both teams have struggled in IPL 2019 and find themselves close to the bottom of the league standings. After winning four of the first five matches that they played, the Kolkata Knight Riders have lost five matches one after the other. They are currently on 6th position in the league standings.
The Rajasthan Royals are just below the Kolkata Knight Riders on the IPL 2019 table. They have won just three matches from their ten matches and are only ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore at this point in time.
Neither team can afford to lose this match. The Kolkata Knight Riders may still be able to reach the IPL 2019 playoffs if they lose this match but for the Rajasthan Royals, a loss will mean the end of their hopes of moving forward.
The KKR vs RR IPL 2019 match is going to be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Kolkata Knight Riders started IPL 2019 in superb fashion but somewhere along the line, their entire campaign has gone off the rails. Andre Russell has been the player of the tournament, pulling off miracles with regularity, but managing his success has been a problem for the Knight Riders.
Andre Russell has spoken publicly about wanting to move up in the batting order but the team management has avoided that so far. We think they will have to bow to external pressure and allow Andre Russell a chance of moving up in the batting order before their chances of making the playoffs vanish.
The problems don’t stop there.
Kolkata Knight Riders made some truly baffling changes to their playing eleven in the previous match. They dropped Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, and Robin Uthappa from the playing eleven. These are three proven performers and were replaced by players that were nowhere near the same quality.
To make such a drastic change to the side in the middle of the tournament is not wise because it will unsettle the entire group.
Now, the Kolkata Knight Riders have to take an important decision. They can either go back to picking the players that have got them success in the past and at the beginning of this tournament or continue to pick untested players as they did in the previous match.
We think the second choice would be a mistake.
The Kolkata Knight Riders cannot take the Rajasthan Royals lightly. They must bring back their senior players and give the in-form players a chance to win them the game. Otherwise, this set of players that promised so much is going to be heading towards an early exit from IPL 2019.
Chris Lynn, SP Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, RK Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Prasidh Krishna.
The Rajasthan Royals rediscovered their batting form in the previous game against Delhi but were unable to defend a large total. Every game is important from them from this point in the tournament and they cannot afford any mistakes against Kolkata.
Jos Buttler left the tournament earlier than expected and that is obviously going to be a big gap to fill. Even Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are going to be playing this as the last IPL 2019 match before flying back home leaving the Rajasthan Royals in a difficult spot.
Ajinkya Rahane scored an IPL century after seven years and was back to his best playing freely at the top of the order. He and Sanju Samson can form a pretty dangerous opening combination in the matches to come.
The Royals will need Rahane, Samson, and Smith to continue scoring runs with freedom so that they have a chance against the Kolkata Knight Riders. This is probably the best time for the Rajasthan Royals to play the Knight Riders.
The Kolkata bowling unit is struggling and Rajasthan’s batting certainly has the capability to take advantage. It is strange to see Ashton Turner struggle as he has been in this tournament. He has played three innings and got out for a first ball duck in every single game. We believe that his fortune is about to change around and he could get some runs on the excellent Eden Gardens pitch.
The lack of too many fall back options has meant that Ashton Turner can feel safe about his place in the playing eleven for now.
Rajasthan Royals bowling is led by Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal. Ben Stokes has not been bowling in the last couple of matches while Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaidev Unadkat have struggled to get wickets. The bowling has to find a way to be much better than they have been in the recent matches because the Kolkata Knight Riders could end up roaring back into form against them.
Ajinkya Rahane, SV Samson, Steven Smith, BA Stokes, Riyan Parag, STR Binny, S Gopal, Jofra Chioke Archer, JD Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, VR Aaron.
The team winning the toss is likely to want to bat second. Both teams have had success while chasing targets and the record at the venue also suggests that is the right choice.
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KKR vs RR IPL 2019 is going to be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The weather is expected to be clear and good for cricket on match day. There is a very slight chance of rain predicted and since it is a night match, the dew should be similar for both teams as well.
The pitch at the Eden Gardens has been excellent for batting in IPL 2019. It offers pace and bounce to the players and allows sixes to be hit with regularity. We should see a high-scoring match. A score of around 170 can be considered par at the venue.
There are so many different things to consider for the Dream11 selections in Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals that we are certainly a number of changes will have to be made to this lineup after the final teams are announced at the toss. Remember, we update our Dream11 team on Twitter after the toss for every IPL match. Follow our account, @cricketbettings, on Twitter to get your updates.
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik has been batting too low in the order in IPL 2019 so picking Sanju Samson is the obvious choice. Samson has been getting a few low scores in the previous few matches so a big inning may be around the corner.
Batsmen: We have picked four batsmen from this category. Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ashton Turner. We have clearly taken a few risks here. Turner has got three first ball ducks in his last three matches but we believe in his ability to turn things around. he is an extremely clean striker of the ball and can score at a very high strike rate. Nitish Rana, Ajinkya Rahane, and Chris Lynn are all top-order batsmen that have the best chance of making use of good batting conditions.
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Ben Stokes are the players that we have picked. There has been a lot of talk about Andre Russel getting to bat in the top-4 and we are hopeful that will happen. Sunil Narine contributes in both aspects of the game and is an easy pick as well. Ben Stokes has not been bowling and his batting has not been very good either. We are taking another risk here by picking him above Steve Smith.
Bowlers: There is space for three bowlers in the team. We think that Prasidh Krishna should be back in the playing eleven for Kolkata while Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer are the two easy picks from the Rajasthan Royals.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have picked Andre Russell and Sunil Narine as the captain and vice-captain for this side.
This is a tricky match to predict. Kolkata Knight Riders made some terrible selection choices in the previous match which put them at a disadvantage. If they end up doing the same thing then we could well see them lose again. However, we do believe that the Kolkata Knight Riders are the stronger team if they pick their best eleven and allow the players to play freely. Rajasthan's bowling weaknesses could be very hard to overcome.
Bet on the Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
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