IPL 2018: 49th Match, KKR vs RR – Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted XI
Meanwhile, it will be an all-important tie with both the team striving for these two points in order to inch closer to the playoffs stage.
However, Kolkata, coming from the back of a win will look to continue the winning momentum against the Royals.
The hosts Knight Riders will be boosted by the form of Sunil Narine at the top-order, who has done wonders with the bat.
Moreover, Chris Lynn has also shown some hint of form which will make it a blistering opening pair.
Kolkata also have a jam-packed middle-order lineup which has contributed in almost all the games. However, the problem will be with seam bowling that eventually struggled throughout the season. The pacers will have to put their acts together and give their best effort to contain Rajasthan batting unit and in particular red-hot Jos Buttler.
Kolkata, meanwhile, is likely to field their winning combination against the visitors led by Ajinkya Rahane.
Here is the predicted XI of Kolkata Knight Riders:
The swashbuckling opener from Australia Chris Lynn has shown some hint of a return to form in the last game. He is capable of playing the long handle and the dugout will want a superlative effort from him against the visitors.
Lynn will be crucial to the Knight Riders’ success during this business end of the tournament.
Surine Narine has been a consistent performer for the Knight Riders throughout this season. Well, the ploy of sending the Windies all-rounder at the top has eventually helped the team’s cause.
However, Kolkata will want him to deliver with the ball as well to restrict the Royals to a modest total.
Robin Uthappa is the mainstay in that Kolkata’s batting unit. He holds the key while batting at an important position of one drop.
He will have to take the onus on himself if Kolkata have to defeat an in-form Rajasthan unit.
The all-rounder from Delhi, Nitish Rana has been a revelation for the Knight Riders.
Rana has scored runs in almost all the games in the middle-order set-up. He will look to continue his form and contribute to Chennai’s success.
Dinesh Karthik has changed as a cricketer since taking over the captaincy role. He is batting responsibly and taking risk according to the situation.
Karthik ability to pace the game according to the situation has set them apart from the rest.
Over the past few years, Andre Russell has been an integral part of the Kolkata side. His all-round ability sets him apart in this format of the game.
Russell, who has already shown good form in the league will be keen to make his performance count in the dying stages of the tournament.
The young gun Shubman Gill will be high on confidence after a string of good knocks.
Batting lower down the order, he has contributed with useful scores. However, it is a learning curve for the rising star and he will only grow from here.
Although Mitchell Johnson didn’t have the best of time so far, KKR will bank on him to provide early wickets in this crucial encounter.
Johnson will be keen to justify his selection and contribute to team’s success.
The veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has come good for the Kolkata side time and again. With five wickets from six games, he is giving a hint of a return to form.
Chawla will be crucial to Kolkata’s success against RR at home.
The young fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, who came in as a replacement has already an early mark in the tournament.
Moreover, his job will be to continue this form and do his basics right against the visitors.
After having few average stints, Kuldeep Yadav got back to his usual self in the last few outings. He has been economical and has contained runs in the middle-overs.
Meanwhile, he will look to continue his efforts in the upcoming fixtures for Kolkata Knight Riders.
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