RR vs KKR IPL 2021 Preview: Kolkata well placed to shake off poor start
Both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have won just one match out of four in IPL 2021.
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RR's long list of problems
Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have made a lot of mistakes, which is why they find themselves in the bottom half of the IPL 2021 points table. However, Rajasthan Royals need to worry much more as there are loads of things not going in their favour.
The team is sorely missing star players Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, both of whom are out due to injury. Jos Buttler, too, has not been able to make the sort of impact he is known for.
Sanju Samson, as is generally the case with him, has played one sensational knock, followed by a lean patch. Their middle order of Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag also does not inspire a lot of confidence.
Unadkat in for Gopal
To add to the woes, the Rajasthan bowlers were not able to pick up a single wicket in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the attack looking toothless on a brilliant batting surface at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With this much set to be played at the same venue, their bowlers will have to step up.
The team is likely to bring back Jaydev Unadkat in place of leg spinner Shreyas Gopal who was not able to make an impact in the last match. With Manan Vohra having managed scores of 7, 14, 9 and 12 from four outings, there is likely to be a change at the top of the order for Rajasthan.
Has RR's patience run out with Vohra?
Yashasvi Jaiswal is most likely to come in. Rajasthan can also promote skipper Sanju Samson to open the batting along with Jos Buttler and bring in someone like Mahipal Lomror in the middle order. Lomror has been in good form in domestic cricket.
Narine can provide KKR much-needed spark
Although the results have not gone in their favour, Kolkata Knight Riders have begun to put the pieces together in IPL 2021.
Sunil Narine did a good job for them upon return, and if his batting can click as well, KKR will be in a good place.
Bhajji or Warrier to replace Nagarkoti
Their top order has already fired on a couple of occasions. With Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik also showing signs of coming back to form, the team can become a tough challenger.
They are expected to either bring back Harbhajan Singh or play Sandeep Warrier in place of Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who was quite expensive in his last outing.
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Who will win Toss? RR
Who will win? KKR
Top Runs Scored? Nitish Rana (KKR), Jos Buttler (RR)
Top Wicket Taker? Pat Cummins (KKR), Chris Morris (RR)
Most Sixes? Andre Russell, David Miller (RR)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Sandeep Warrier/Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
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