Cricket Prediction Indian Premier League –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Struggling KKR and RR meet again

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Cricket match date 25th April 2019

Cricket match time 8:00 pm IST

Cricket match locationEden Gardens, Kolkata

Cricket Match format: T20

Tournament:  Indian Premier League 2019

Team A:  KKR

Team B: RR

Team A Captain:  Dinesh Karthik

Team B Captain: Steve Smith

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Cricket Match Preview:

Two sides, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), with their time running out, will meet for the second time in the tournament. While KKR can still qualify if they win all of their remaining cricket games, RR’s fortunes seemed to be sealed this year with just three wins out of 10 cricket games.

KKR just don’t know what has hit them. From being at the top of the points table not too long ago, after five cricket games, they find themselves on the verge of elimination. They have completely lost all the momentum and it seems even their confidence has hit the rock bottom. While in the game against RCB played at home, they fought admirably but it still wasn’t enough for a win. The less said about an away cricket game against SRH, the better.

For RR, even an informed Ajinkya Rahane wasn’t enough to get a victory against Delhi Capitals. Rahane scored a marvellous hundred and batted as well as he has done in recent times. However, they would have still felt a bit short as they set a target of 192 runs against Delhi. In response, the knock of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant were enough to win the game of cricket and get closer to the playoff spot.

KKR will need some magic to get through to playoff spot. Their batsmen have lost confidence and lineup is no longer settled which was the trademark of KKR over the years. Their main stays Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav are no longer in the side. Their overseas players barring Andre Russell have underperformed and it is looking very difficult for skipper Dinesh Karthik to turn the tide from here.

RR are up against it now with their overseas players set to leave the tournament soon and their Indian batting hasn’t been consistent enough to win the games of cricket. The problem has also been their bowling with the expensive purchases like Jaydev Unadkat, struggling to get their radar right. It is going to be an interesting battle between two struggling sides as at least one of them will return happier after the game of cricket.

Cricket Match Information:

Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will take on each other for the second time in IPL 2019. KKR won that encounter against RR played in Jaipur. Currently, both the teams are struggling big time with KKR placed at number six position and RR placed at number seven position.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

KKR are being led by Dinesh Karthik for second season in a row. After a great start, KKR have faded away and are now in the verge of elimination. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Matt Kelly in place of Harry Gurney in the side.

Here is our prediction of KKR’s playing XI:

  • Shubhman Gill
  • Chris Lynn
  • Sunil Narine
  • Andre Russell
  • Nitish Rana
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Y Prithvi Raj
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Matt Kelly
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Rinku Singh

Rajasthan Royals

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

RR are being led by Steve Smith now. Their fortunes haven’t really changed with the change in captaincy. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played their last cricket game.

Here is our prediction of RR’s playing XI:

  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Jos Butler
  • Ben Stokes
  • Jofra Archer
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Sanju Samson
  • Riyan Parag
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Steve Smith
  • Jaidev Unadkat

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Like so many cricket games in this season, KKR’s fortune will once again be dependent on Andre Russell’s performance. If he fires once again, KKR will be on their road to victory. Our prediction is of another swashbuckling knock from him.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The pitch in Eden Gardens has been beautiful to bat on. Our prediction is of the score of around 200 this time around. Conditions are expected to be hot and humid.

Our Prediction:

KKR will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They have a better overall record against RR in last few cricket games and will look to recover from their losses in recent times. Hence, our prediction is of KKR’s victory.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Andre Russell (KKR) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Sunil Narine (KKR) -2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Andre Russell (KKR)

LOGO 2 Odds

Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.60

Rajasthan Royals – 2.25

*odds may change anytime

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