Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 47 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 47 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Monday. High-flying RR are placed third with six wins and three defeats. KKR are in a position of bother with five losses on the spin. They have lost six and won three.

Analysis of RR

After winning 3 successive games, RR suffered a loss versus MI on Saturday. Jos Buttler shined for RR once again, but MI clinched a maiden win. RR, who beat KKR earlier this season, will look up to Buttler once again for his heroics. The likes of Devdutt Padikkal and Sanju Samson need to compliment Buttler once again. Shimron Hetmyer struggled versus MI at the death, and he needs to find his hitting range back. KKR have a decent bowling unit, but RR can stay true to their task of dominance.

With the ball, RR will rely a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal. He is the Purple Cap holder this season with 19 scalps. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will back themselves to make things tougher for KKR. R Ashwin will want to exploit with his mean offerings. He was superb versus MI, claiming two scalps for 21 runs. 

Analysis of KKR

The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR need to bounce back from 5 straight defeats. They batted poorly in the last match versus DC and lost the tie. The bowlers did manage to take the game close, but not enough runs hurt KKR. The eastern giants are yet to find the right balance, and too many changes are being a cause of concern. The batting is over-reliant on Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana. KKR need to identify the best balance in batting. Narine can be pushed to open alongside Aaron Finch. The likes of Rana, Iyer, and Andre Russell can come in and take charge. Baba Indrajith may be the preferred choice as a keeper. The presence of Venkatesh Iyer has been a letdown.

Bowling-wise, KKR will want Umesh Yadav to continue his wicket-taking prowess. He has bowled well. Harshit Rana could be given another game. Narine is their main man with the ball. He will look to be influential. KKR could continue with Tim Southee over Pat Cummins. Russell can be the fourth pace option. KKR were a bowler short versus DC and they may get in Shivam Mavi. Spinner Varun Chakravarthy could be recalled as well.

Head-to-head record

Out of 26 meetings, RR have tasted success on 13 occasions. KKR have claimed 12 wins. RR beat KKR earlier this season.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain & wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

KKR predicted playing XI: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Nitish Rana, Baba Indrajith (wk), Andre Russell, Mohammad Nabi/Pat Cummins/Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana/V Chakravarthy

Which team is the predicted winner?

There is no doubt that RR are the favourites here and can complete the double. KKR look out of sorts, and they haven’t cracked the formula with the batting short and out of form. We expect RR to dominate the scenes and claim points.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Wankhede hasn’t produced many high-scoring affairs it is known for this season. The wicket has averaged close to 170 in the first innings. Pacers can have a say by bowling intelligently.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Buttler became the first player this season to surpass 500 runs. He is averaging 70.75. He is 32 runs away from 8,000 runs in T20 cricket (overall). He can also get to 350 T20 sixes. Shreyas Iyer is 5 maximums away from 100 sixes in IPL.

The major bowling stats on offer

Chahal has 19 scalps this season, including 158 overall. Narine has seven wickets this season, but the economy rate is magnificent (5.30). Umesh has 133 wickets at 28.87, including 14 this season.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, D Padikkal

All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, S Narine, A Russell

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, Umesh Yadav

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, D Padikkal

All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, S Narine, A Russell

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Jos Buttler: With 566 runs, Buttler is enjoying a different phase altogether. He can be massive versus KKR and change the game. Buttler has batted at a different level this season. He smashed a ton versus KKR this season earlier.

Andre Russell: The West Indian star has claimed 10 wickets this season, besides hammering 227 runs. This shows his all-round value. He is a solid player but needs to win this game for KKR.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Y Chahal: The wrist-spinner has claimed 19 wickets in IPL 2022. He will look to present his best self and enjoy bowling. He had claimed a fifer versus KKR earlier in IPL 2022.

Shreyas Iyer: He has done an able job so far, scoring the most runs for his side (290). KKR need a captain’s innings from Iyer here as he will hope to lead the charge.

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