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IPL 2019, Match 43- KKR Vs RR, Preview: Shattered Teams Seek Revival In Fortunes

In the 43rd game of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be hosting the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 25. Coming into this game, both the teams would be dejected on confidence as they have conceded comprehensive losses in their respective previous outings. While in the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the tournament, KKR emerged victorious with a convincing 8-wicket win.

KKR’s backstory

The Dinesh Karthik-led team will be entering this match after suffering a massive drubbing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last match. This was KKR’s fifth straight and sixth overall loss in the season and with a tally of 8 points in their baggage, they have now left themselves with an uphill task of requiring to win all their remaining four games in order to stake a chance to qualify for the playoffs. However, the two-time champions are themselves to blame for their hapless situation as except the belligerent named Andre Russell, the rest of the batters have failed to strike any sorts of consistency.

On the other hand, the bowlers haven’t yet arrived to the shores in any of the matches this year. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla have been the major disappointments. Kuldeep was even dropped from the playing XI in the last match. Nonetheless, keeping the past performances aside, KKR will be hoping to come out afresh in this fixture and play with their highest of abilities in order to revive its fortunes.

RR’s backstory

The Steve Smith-led team is also coming into this match after conceding a convincing 6-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals (DC) in the previous outing. With this loss, the inaugural IPL champions have also almost depleted their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs as they are now reduced to a situation where even if they are able to win all of their remaining four games, they have to wait for the other results and mathematical calculations to fall in their favour. However, the team would be hoping for positive outcome in the upcoming games and for that to happen, they have to address some issues pretty quickly.

After starting off in a great flow, the Royals’ batters have struggled to finish the games in a convincing manner. In the bowling department, barring the likes of Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal, rest of the bowlers have struggled to hit the right lengths and that has been the major area of concern for the Royals thus far in the tournament.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

KKR

RR

NO RESULT

Overall (20)

10

9

1

At the Eden Gardens (8)

6

1

1

Kolkata Knight Riders’ likely Playing XI

KKR made three changes to their playing eleven in the last match and even after a convincing loss, they are likely to retain those omissions. The duo comprising of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine will open the innings. The likes of Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, skipper Dinesh Karthik and Rinku Singh will take their positions in the middle-order. Andre Russell will take up the role of a floater. 

Kuldeep Yadav can possibly return for this game and if he does, KC Cariappa will have make way. Chawla and Narine will be the other two spinners, while Harry Gurney and Yarra Prithviraj will lead the pace bowling attack. 

Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj.

Rajasthan Royals’ likely Playing XI

For Rajasthan, the pair of Sanju Samson and the last match's centurion, Ajinkya Rahane will once again take the guard as openers. Steve Smith will head the middle-order, the department where the changes will be made in order to bolster the batting. Rahul Tripathi will come in for one of Jaydev Unadkat or Dhawal Kulkarni, while Ashton Turner, the man with three consecutive golden ducks will make way for Liam Livingstone. 

Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag and Stuart Binny will hold onto their places along with the duo of Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal. 

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Match Timings- 8:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.

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