IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 18th Match - Preview & Probable Playing XI
In the 18th match of IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals(RR) will face Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) in Mumbai on Saturday. Both the teams lost their last respective games in the league.
Rajasthan Royals' batting has failed so far this season. None of their star batsmen have been able to contribute to the team's cause. Sanju Samson has been inconsistent while Jos Buttler is not among runs for a long time now. Manan Vohra hasn't done well so far and might get replaced by Yashaswi Jaiswal.
Rahul Tewatia and Shivam Dube have done decently especially when the team needed them in the last game.
Chris Morris hasn't been effective with his bowling will continue to lead the inexperienced bowling lineup along with Mustafizur Rahman. Shreyas Gopal might get replaced by Kartik Tyagi in this game.
Kolkata Knight Riders' top-order collapsed in the last game. However, Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have done well so far in the tournament will remain crucial at the top. All eyes will be on Andre Russell, who showed why he is the most destructive batsman in the T20s in the last game.
Eoin Morgan's form is a concern for the team. Dinesh Karthik showed glimpses of form in the last match and the team will be expecting him to finish the innings well.
Pat Cummins along with leading the bowling lineup, showed his value as a batsman as well in the previous game. With him coming in the lower order, KKR's batsmen will remain free to play their shots early. Kuldeep Yadav could be tried in place of Varun Chakravarthy in this game.
Kolkata Knight Riders has dominated the Rajasthan Royals in the past. With both teams wanting to get back to the winning ways, this match could go well down to the wire. KKR is looking favorites to win this game.
RR Probable XI - Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra/ Yashaswi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal/ Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
KKR Probable XI - Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy/ Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna