About the Match
Kolkata will go up against Rajasthan on 29th April at Abu Dhabi and with this being the last match of IPL 2014 at this venue, no one will like to miss the extravaganza; moreover, both teams are more or less equal with 4 points from 4 matches except that the Royals are ahead in NRR. The tournament is picking up the right tempo and the teams are coming to grips of the demands of the format and schedules, and individual players are trying their best to keep up to the expectations of the keen cricket lovers. Both teams have to fight it out to win over the other raising the level of their game and that factor will weigh in heavily bringing out a very good contest on Tuesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knight Riders have won the two matches defending a decent target whereas they have been miserable in chasing a target; Gambhir has been pathetic in batting either when he opened the innings or when came down the order. He needs to come out of his bad patch and have confidence in contributing positively and that will have a roll in the performance of the team henceforth. Kallis, Pandey, Lynn and Uthappa have been contributing well for the success seen so far. Suryakumar Yadav is breeding well and improving match by match; Narine is a good asset to the team with his slow bowling and picking up wickets regularly. They have confidence and doing well in fielding, supporting each other in restricting the run-flow of the opponent. Most of the team members have been tested for their skills in different departments of the game and they are responding positively to the demands of the game. They have been maintaining a positive NRR so far and that proves their capacity to be slightly better than the upcoming opponents even if they have lost and won equal number of matches.
The two losses of the Royals so far have been against the two superior teams, Kings XI by a huge margin of 7 wickets and 8 balls to spare and against Chennai Super Kings, losing all wickets and failing to chase not too tall a target. The win against Sunrisers was achieved with 3 balls to spare whereas the win against Bangalore caused a huge upset to the opponent; the huge margin humiliating the Royal Challengers, demolishing them for a paltry total. Rahane, Samson, Binny, Watson and Nayar have been doing well in batting coming in the top order, compiling decent partnerships and they have been doing well on the field as well, gelling well as a team. Smith, Richardson and Faulkner are good all-rounders and are contributing to the success of the team with both bat and ball, playing decisive roles.
The teams are equally placed and both will have to put in their best to be at a vantage point for the remaining of the league stage. The result can go either way however, with a determined performance and spread out talent as a team, we expect Rajasthan Royals to come out victorious in the contest.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.90 @ Bet365