Today is an important match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. The Knight Riders have their own fate in their hands. The situation they are in doesnt need to think much about the run rate at the moment. They almost saw Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings crash out of the race for the playoffs in the three-day break.
KKRs main match is only against Mumbai Indians. Both the teams are tied on 12 points. But Kolkatas run rate gives him the edge. If Eoin Morgans team wins today, they will just have to wait for Mumbai Sunrisers not to beat Hyderabad too badly.
Talking about Rajasthan Royals, their way to reach the last four is almost closed with a crushing 8-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. The team led by Sanju Samson could only make 90 and after that Mumbai won the match with 70 balls to spare. Although losing or winning does not matter much for the team of Royals, but he can spoil the game of Knight Riders. If Rajasthan wins today, it will be difficult for Kolkata. He will have to hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai in Fridays match.
With a close win against Sunrisers, the Knight Riders boosted their chances of making the playoffs. Their bowlers showed their strength and Shubman Gill, who was criticized for his poor form, made the road a little easier for Morgans team by showing good play at the right time. However, it was a matter of concern for the team that it had to bat till the last over to achieve the score of 115 in Dubai. Team captain Eoin Morgans bat is not getting runs and it is a matter of concern for him. He has scored runs this season at an average of just 11.1. This is the worst average among players who have scored more than 100 runs in a season.
The last two seasons have been like this for the team. She has lost crucial matches and then has to depend on others. After that she did not reach the playoffs and finished fifth.
The good thing for Kolkata is that its key players Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson have become fit. They may return. Although nothing has been said officially but on Wednesday he was practicing in the nets. Shakib-al-Hasan and Tim Southee may have to sit out if they make a comeback.
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Rajasthan Royals are out of the race and are seventh in the eight-team table with 10 points from 13 matches. Rajasthan will try to end their campaign on a positive note with KKR breaking hopes on Thursday. Rajasthan have faced the brunt of the poor form of their Indian batsmen in which only Yashasvi Jaiswal and to some extent captain Sanju Samson have been able to score runs. Mustafizur Rahman is the most experienced foreign player in the team and in the presence of young Chetan Sakariya, Rajasthan Royals bowling experience seems to be lacking.
Kolkata defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets in their last match. Despite the win, Kolkata may make changes in the playing XI against Rajasthan. Dhadak all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been out in the last few matches due to injury, may return to the team. Apart from this, Lockie Ferguson can also get a chance. On the other hand, Rajasthan suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Mumbai by 8 wickets. However, even after the defeat, only one change is unlikely in Rajasthan. Liam Livingstone may be included in RRs playing XI in place of David Miller.
Eoin Morgan (capt), Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty.
Sanju Samson (capt and wicketkeeper), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dubey, Glenn Phillips, David Miller/Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakaria, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman.
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