The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had a shaky start to their IPL 2020 campaign after losing their first match to Mumbai Indians (MI). They made a strong comeback against SunRisers Hyderabad in their second match, winning it convincingly.
A stellar and steady knock of 70 runs from 62 balls by Shubman Gill and an important partnership by Eoin Morgan who made 42 runs off 29 balls, cruised KKR easily past the target. KKR now have one win and one loss to their name in the IPL 2020. They will play Rajasthan Royals next, at the Dubai International Stadium, Tuesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Predicted lineup against Rajasthan Royals:
The Kolkata Knight Riders have found their winning combination of the team which won against SRH. Sandeep Warrier and Nikhil Naik were replaced with Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy in their second match.
Openers: Sunil Narine and Shubhman Gill
West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine hasn’t displayed his explosive batting yet but will be given more chances by KKR to bat up the order and give them a good start. Shubman Gill stayed calm and played for the whole match against SRH scoring 70 runs off 62 balls including five fours and two sixes. He was the man of the match and his calm and composure won KKR the match.
Middle Order: Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell
Nitish Rana will come at the one down spot again for Kolkata Knight Riders. He hasn’t been able to stay long at the pitch yet, making a quick 24 and 26 in the two matches. Skipper Dinesh Karthik will be playing at the two down spot and will look to compensate with the bat for a duck in the last match.
Eoin Morgan was in quite a form in the last match, he partnered with Gill to score 42 off 29 balls helping KKR to the target. KKR’s hard hitter Russell will be starting at his usual position. The Russell storm is yet to be seen in this campaign, hopefully against RR bowlers KKR would want Russell to back to his usual self.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy
The bowling attack of KKR showed how lethal they can be against SRH, where they stopped them for only 142 runs in 20 overs. Pacer Pat Cummins, after a horror show against MI, was economical in the second match and ended with an impressive figure of 19/1.
The inclusion of Nagaroti and Chravarthy meant Kolkata Knight Riders had seven bowling options to go with and they used all of them. , Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, and Andre Russell were all impressive. Varun Chakravarthy also picked up his maiden IPL wicket. The bowling lineup is most likely to remain the same for KKR in their next match against RR.