Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on May 11 at 7:30 pm. Rajasthan Royals are coming after heartbreak against Sunrisers Hyderabad while Kolkata Knight Riders registered a last-ball win against Punjab Kings in their last game.
The tournament has reached an exciting stage as Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders both have 10 points in 11 games and the winner would break into the top four.
Ahead of the coming clash, Kolkata Knight Riders need improvement in certain areas, as Rinku Singh saved them in the last game where he struck a four off the last ball. The Riders have relied on their spin attack, as the trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, and Suyash Sharma has brought them success, particularly at Eden Gardens.
However, the two-time winners need to sort their seam bowling, and also figure out the role of Shardul Thakur, as the India star bowler was not given a single over against Punjab Kings.
Venkatesh Iyer, who started the tournament on a positive note has lost the track and needs to get back among runs. Besides that, KKR have a strong batting unit since they opened the innings with Jason Roy and Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, were unfortunate to face a defeat against SRH, as Sandeep Sharma overstepped on the final ball of the match and the Men in Orange made no mistake in the re-bowled delivery.
The batters have been on song for RR and good for them that Jos Buttler is back among runs. The middle-order need to chip in more runs.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult is likely to return to the playing XI, which will strengthen RR’s bowling attack.
This article will shed light on KKR vs RR preview, pitch report, and playing XI.
The two teams have squared off against each other in 27 matches. Kolkata have been a better side as they won 14 games, while Rajasthan Royals have won 12 matches. There was one game that got washed off due to rain.
The surface at the Eden Gardens will be slower, and the fans should not expect a 200+ game, as the spinners will come in handy at KKR’s home ground.
The temperature will range around 34-36 degrees Celsius, and there are 10% chance of rain.
When, Where and How to Watch?
Venue: Eden Gardens
Time and Date: May 11, 7:30 pm
The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be played from 7:30 PM onwards, while the toss will be at 7:00 PM. You can watch the live telecast of this match on TV at Star Sports Network in different languages. OTT viewers can stream the game for free on the Jio Cinema app and website.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana©, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jason Roy
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson©(wk), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Sandeep Sharma, Kuldip Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler (wk), Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira (wk), Kunal Rathore, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul PA, Joe Root.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Narayan Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Weise, Kulwant Khejrolia, Mandeep Singh, Litton Das, Jason Roy, Aarya Desai.