Dubai: In the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on a winning chariot at Dubai International Stadium today. Rajasthan Royals have won both their matches played in the season. Rajasthan created history in their last match. Rajasthan had chased 224 runs against Kings XI Punjab and scored the biggest victory in IPL history scoring 226 runs. At the same time, Kolkata had lost in the first match. In the second match, he defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a great performance.
In such a situation, if Kolkata Knight Riders have to keep their campaign in the IPL on track, then they will have to defeat the Rajasthan Royals running in the best form in this match.
Speaking of Rajasthan Royals players, captain Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia are in excellent form. Sanju Samson, Captain Steve Smith played half-century innings against Kings XI Punjab. Samson had scored 85 off 42 balls and captain Smith had scored 50 off 27 balls, while Haryana all-rounder Teotia had scored the match by scoring 53 off 31 balls in the last match against Kings XI and the team scored 224 runs. The record was achieved.
However, Rajasthan is waiting for a big knock from opener Jose Butler. Robin Uthappa will also be watching. There is no possibility of any change in batting. At the same time, the team can definitely make changes in bowling. Ankit Rajput can be sent out here. The rest of Jofra Archer is scheduled to play.
In such a situation, if KKR has to match or surpass the Royals, then its biggest star Andre Russell and England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan will have to do their best.
A good thing for Kolkata in the last match was that Pat Cummins proved his utility. He was criticized after looting runs in the first match, which calmed him in the second match. At the same time, young Shivam Mavi has impressed in both his matches. Kamlesh Nagerkoti and Andre Russell have also been useful to the team.
Apart from Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine, Varun Chakraborty also got a chance in the spin. Kolkata had played an extra bowler in the last match and it remains to be seen whether they adopt the same strategy in this match as well.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, famous Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakraborty, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (captain), Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Karthik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Ocean Thomas, Andrew Ty, David Miller, Tom Curren, Anirudh Joshi, Shreyas Gopal , Ryan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande.