IPL 2014: Match 19: KKR vs RR: Similar teams to face in their last game in UAE

Sampath Bandarupalli / 29 April 2014

After scoring one run from four innings, the posters will be all over the UAE, over Gautam Gambhir’s batting form. The usually intense Gambhir has been managing a smile every time he has been questioned about his lack of runs, and it has helped him that Knight Riders have won two of their four matches this season despite his shaky batting.

Even if his poor show continues, Gambhir’s is assured of his place in the side, since there are no great reliable alternatives in the squad, Manvinder Bisla and Debabrata Das form the Indian batting back-up. His team will be up against Rajasthan Royals, a team that rolled over the superstar batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bangalore for 70 two days ago. Neither will the poor form of Yusuf Pathan, who is unrecognizable from the heavy-hitting batsman whom IPL teams were clamoring a few years ago.

Similar to Knight Riders, Royals also have two defeats and two losses. They have been quick to axe their players who were crucial last season – James Faulkner and Brad Hodge. They turned to Tim Southee and Kane Richardson to provide the pace in the attack to help the slower Indian bowlers, Pravin Tambe, Rajat Bhatia and Stuart Binny.

Match Stats:

Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 12 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. April 29, 2014, Start time 18:30 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT).

Head-to-Head in T20’s:

KKR and RR faced 12 times in IPL and it has been in 1:1 ratio as both won 6 each. One of those wins came for RR in super over in 2009 after match ended in Tie.

Pitch and Weather Report:

The ball has done too much under lights in Abu Dhabi as scores of 122 for 7, 135 for 6, 84 all out and 109 all out have been recorded and the toss could be deciding the fate of the match. A bit of dew is coming into play in recent matches on which must the team put an eye on.

Teams News:

KKR may look towards Indian domestic batsmen but it will be too worse replacing a player like Yusuf Pathan. Surya Yadav has done well and need a promotion up the order. Vinay Kumar might come back in place of Umesh Yadav.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Possible Playing XI:

1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Chris Lynn, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Morne Morkel.

RR might look to continue their team that they bet RCB. If they think to make their bowling more strong they might bring Kulkarni. But Watson fit to bowl they might stick to their last match squad without any changes.

Rajasthan Royals’ Possible Playing XI:

Abhishek Nayar, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Shane Watson (capt), 5 Stuart Binny, 6 Steve Smith, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe.

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