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KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Preview: 7th Oct - Equation simple for KKR, win and qualify

Equation simple for KKR, win and qualify
Equation simple for KKR, win and qualify
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Essentially, the race is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians to become the 4th team to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs.

Live Scores and Stats - KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Match 54

 

Even a narrow win would suffice

Given Kolkata's positive net run rate, even if they can win by a narrow margin, it should be sufficient for them to beat Mumbai Indians to the Eliminator race.

Kolkata have won 6 and lost 7 of their 13 matches and are at 12 points. Given their form in the UAE leg of the tournament, the Eoin Morgan-led side will expect to make it 14 and qualify quite comfortably.

 

KKR try to cope with absence of Cummins, Russell, Ferguson

The team has been struggling with a couple of injury issues. Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson have been unable to take part in the competition due to injuries. The good thing for them though is that mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have risen to the occasion.

With Pat Cummins unavailable for the second leg of IPL 2021 as well, Tim Southee has done a decent job. He has the tendency to go for a few but with the pitches in the UAE providing a bit to the bowlers, Southee is getting by quite well.

 

Iyer, Tripathi key

Kolkata Knight Riders have also been buoyed by their top order with Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi providing the team with consistent runs. The form of Eoin Morgan remains a concern but he has captained the side quite beautifully.

The standout tactic being the use of the mystery spinners. At times, bowling them quite early in the match and on other times, like he did against Chennai Super Kings, holding them back for the death based on the favourable matchups. Fascinating to watch, isn't it?

 

RR's chance to bow out gracefully

After having collapsed for under 100 in their last match against Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals let go of their opportunity for playoff qualification. In the absence of three of their star players in Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, one can excuse Rajasthan slightly.

In Glenn Phillips, Mustafizur Rahman, David Miller and Evin Lewis, Rajasthan do have four talented overseas players.

RR brought in Shreyas Gopal in place of Mayank Markande in their last match and are expected to stick with him. Explosive batsmen Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube will want to put on one last show in the Royals' last match of IPL 2021.

Predicted playing XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders
- Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

Rajasthan Royals - Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Kuldip Yadav, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

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