With all the teams having completed four games in the ongoing IPL 2021, the points table has been well against Rajasthan Royals once again as they find themselves languishing at the bottom of the table with just one win from four games. Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand find themselves at 6th place courtesy of a better net run-rate.
The two bottom dwellers are all set to lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium, this Saturday and the winner of this contest could find themselves moving closer to the top half of the table. KKR should immense intent in their last match against the Chennai Super Kings, as they came very close to the target of 220 set by the Men in Yellow. While the Royals were once again completely outplayed by the in-form Bangalore side.
Can Rajasthan Royals evade a hat-trick of losses? Will Andre Russell muscle his team over the line this time around?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 23, Rajasthan Royals:12, Kolkata Knight Riders: 12, N/R: 1
The conditions are well in favor of the sport as clear skies are forecasted throughout the course of the day. The 10% precipitation possess no threat whatsoever. The temperature is expected to be hovering in 31-29 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 63 percent mark.
The strip at the Wankhede Stadium has been a paradise for the batsmen as the last two matches have produced an aggregate of over 700 runs. The dew factor has been playing a vital role and for that reason, the team winning the toss should be looking to bat first. The team batting first should be looking to score anywhere above the 180 mark as anything less is likely to be chased down with ease by the chasing side.
Manan Vohra has failed to show any improvement for the fourth consecutive time in the tournament and it would be interesting to see the level of faith the Royals management show in the youngster. It should not be a surprise if we see the youngster- Yashasvi Jaiswal replacing the opener in the upcoming encounter.
Kolkata Knight Riders have shown great intent in the last few matches and will be feeling very unfortunate with the inability to get over the finishing line. The team looks well settled with the replacement of Shakib Al Hasan with their go-to-player Sunil Narine. We expect the same playing Xl to take the field.
Probable Playing Xl
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra/ Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Andre Russell has been a brute force in both departments and he is someone who is likely to add great value to your fantasy side. Nitish Rana too has been in great touch and the youngster does qualify to make it to the fantasy line-up courtesy of his impressive average and strike rate. The Royals skipper Sanju Samson and all-rounder Chris Morris too are great picks to have on your side.
RR vs KKR Fantasy Team
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