Rajasthan Royals (RR) have got their momentum back and will look to continue their winning run against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday (April 18) at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane-led side has had a mixed start to this eleventh edition Indian Premier League (IPL). They have two of their three matches against Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Rajasthan went aggressive in the IPL and spend their full purse to rope some exciting stars. They have some quality foreigners in their ranks backed by good local talent.
Moreover, Sanju Samson has been a revelation for them who’s batting with great authority. Also, he is currently the Orange Cap winner with most run-getter so far in the series.
Royals’ bowlers also got some foothold in the last game as they contained a star-studded RCB batting line-up.
They are not likely to make any change in the next game against KKR
Here is the predicted XI of Rajasthan Royals:
Ajinkya Rahane (c):
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane has started well in this edition of the league. So far, he has notched up 94 runs from three matches.
Also, his form at the top is crucial for Rajasthan’s success going deep into the league.
The swashbuckling opener from Australia D’Arcy Short is due to score runs in the T20 league. Royals camp will badly want Short to storm back to form.
The southpaw can single-handedly take the game away with some clean hitting at the start.
The youngster has been by far the best batsman in the league. Sanju Samson has played classical cricket shots to become the Orange Cap winner so far.
His form will boost Rajasthan’s batting unit as he can pace the innings according to the situation.
The costliest all-rounder Ben Stokes needs to find his form back quickly – to pay back the trust shown by the Rajasthan think tank.
Stokes is capable of hurting the opposition with both bat and ball.
Rahul Tripathi, who stunned everybody with his hitting in the last edition is yet to replicate his form.
He will be raring to find his form back and help Rajasthan in the upcoming fixtures.
Jos Buttler (wk):
The England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has got very less time with the bat and will be raring to spend some time in the middle.
Buttler is capable of playing the long handle and score quick runs.
Krishnappa Gowtham has had an average time so far with only one wicket from three matches.
However, the off-spinner will look to improve his statistics in his next outing.
He will look to carry his form against a rejuvenated Kolkata side.
The Australian quick Ben Laughlin has had an average time so far in the league with three wickets from three games.
RR will want an improved Laughlin in the next outing.
Rajasthan has spent a hefty sum to rope in the left-arm pace Jaydev Unadkat. However, Unadkat is nowhere near his old form.
The left-arm pacer needs to strike some wickets early and provide RR with good starts.