IPL 2022 KKR vs RR, 47th Match Preview: Struggling KKR run into red-hot Buttler
It will be safe to say that after Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders have proved to be the biggest disappointment of IPL 2022.
LIVE SCORES - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, 47th Match: 2nd May
A good start
The way the team started their campaign this year, winning three of their first four matches, it looked like it would be KKR's year this time around.
Umesh Yadav was getting truck loads of wickets in the power play and their mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarty were keeping a lid over the opposition batters in the middle overs.
This did not leave any room for teams to go big against them.
Andre Russell was doing the job consistently for them at the back end. And, Kolkata looked like a formidable unit.
However, they lost momentum after their first four games, some of which was self-inflicted as they made far too many changes.
Too many changes
Even in their last match against Delhi Capitals, the team made three changes and brought in Aaron Finch, Harshit Rana and Baba Injrajith into the XI while dropping Sam Billings, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarty.
This means that Kolkata have already made 13 changes to their playing XI in this year till now, the most by any team in the season -- even more than Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings who are struggling to get a W against their name.
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If the bowling has been a disappointment bar Sunil Narine, the batters haven't covered themselves in glory either with captain Shreyas Iyer being their top scorer with 290 runs from 9 matches.
Varun Chakravarthy was finally benched and Venkatesh Iyer might suffer the same fate sooner rather than later.
Buttler's form a blessing for RR
Rajasthan Royals on the other hand have been going strong despite the 5 wicket defeat in their last match against Mumbai Indians.
Jos Buttler's purple patch has been a blessing for them with the stylish batter having already scored 556 runs at an average of 70 and a strike rate of over 155 from 9 matches.
The spin bowling duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin has not only kept it tight but have taken wickets at regular intervals as well which has allowed the likes of Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Sen to work their magic.
Predicted Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders - Sunil Narine, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Baba Injrajith (wk), Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Umesh Yadav
Rajasthan Royals - Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
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