Big hitters shoot out as Royals take on Knight Riders
Rajasthan Royals can pass off as Kolkata Knight Riders this season. They have a blistering top-order, a consolidator to play the Karthik role in Steven Smith and a fiery floater in Rahul Tewatia who can pass off as Andre Russell. Their start to the season has been nothing short of revelational, but as they head into Kolkata Knight Riders, the onus is on Rajasthan to maintain the streak.
The two teams are so similar that their odds for this game remain at a par 1.86.
Kolkata have a strong middle-order but the top-order has faltered this season as has the bowling in bits and pieces. They did rediscover some of the bowling mojo later in the next game, but Kolkata will be tested against the Royals.
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Rajasthan and Kolkata have an equal head to head record
Like with the odds, the head to head record between the two teams are also equal. Rajasthan and Kolkata have 10 wins apiece going into this fixture in Dubai. While Rajasthan have struggled to maintain their reputation in the league, Kolkata are over-dependent on a few players and the recent record reflects that.
KKR have won four of the last five matches between these teams but again recent form gives RR the edge as they have two wins in two games this IPL season. Kolkata, meanwhile, have lost a game but came back well to win another.
Keep an eye on…
Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler: The dynamic top-order batsman, Sanju Samson from Rajasthan Royals has redefined powerplay batting and could be a massive factor in this game alongside Jos Buttler. Alongside Smith, the three form one of the most destructive top-orders in this season of IPL.
Andre Russell: The West Indies all-rounder has delivered with bat and ball but needs to do a lot more if Kolkata are to consistently win. Will they push Russell up the order against the Rajasthan bowlers or wait on him to capitalise the death overs where RR leak too many? Have your say at 10CRIC!
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