Today’s IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals is all but an eliminator for both sides and it is definitely a match not to be missed. So make sure you are tuned to the SkyGo live cricket streaming app in the UK, and Hotstar in India.
May 15, 2018
20:00 hours IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Kolkata Knight Riders – WLLWW
Rajasthan Royals - WWWLL
Our expert IPL Match Analyst Mayukh Bhattacharya has a look at both teams chances and their form going into this must win encounter for both teams:
“With three back to back victories coming at a time when they were on the verge of elimination, a confident Rajasthan Royals (RR) outfit will be looking to battle it out with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as both teams look for a playoffs spot. Having accumulated the same number of points from as many games, the winners from this game will no doubt be on stronger footing as compared to the other one.”
Mayukh continues: “ For RR, their fortunes have been changed by Jos Buttler, who has single handedly taken them past daunting totals with little support from the middle order. Although Ajinkya Rahane did score vital runs in the last game, his scoring rate will need to pick up if the Royals are to remain competitive. They have also been backed up brilliantly with the ball by Jofra Archer, who has no doubt been the find of the tournament for them. With Ben Stokes’ bowling coming into the groove as well, things look good for the Royals.The challenge for the Royals would be to contain the likes of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell after the former went berserk in KKR’s last game against Kings XI Punjab.Scores of 245 are not made every day and KKR will be aware of that fact. They will also know very well that the knock played by Narine does not guarantee them a consistent run of form, unlike Buttler for the Royals. Their decision to give Javon Searles a game for Tom Curran may not have paid dividends although one could say that even Narine was taken to the cleaners on the flat Indore wicket.”
WOW – tough call, however, I’m going for a Rajasthan Royals win.
© Cricket World 2018