“Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The winner of this eliminator will be competing Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier-2 to be hosted again at the same venue. Rajasthan Royals have by far been the dark horse of the tournament. Nobody would have expected them to land up in playoffs considering their poor start to the tournament.
Their successive wins in the later stages of the game helped them book a seat in the top 4 of the cash-rich tournament. But with their key players Buttler and Stokes now nowhere in the picture, Rajasthan Royals will have to rely on the young guns and their experienced skipper Rahane to pull off some miracle. The level of carnage that Butler’s presence on the crease did in the last few games would be difficult to replicate, still, RR will have to look for the same from the remaining unit.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, will eye for a victory in this win-win match that too in front of their home crowd. KKR led by Dinesh Karthik will have to seize this opportunity if they would want to face SRH in the Qualifier-2. Even KKR had a bumpy start in the beginning as well as in the later stages, but somehow they emerged victoriously and ended their league at the 3rd position in the points table.
Both teams will go all guns blazing in tonight’s match. No team would want to commit any mistake that can completely seal off their fate in this IPL.
let’s look at the player battles that the fans may witness in today’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samsun vs Kuldeep Yadav
The young lad has been a consistent performer for Rajasthan Royals for quite some time.
The last time Rajasthan Royals met Kolkata Knight Riders, Kuldeep Yadav had ripped apart the Rajasthan’s batting attack. He registered his career best at IPL 4/20 in 4 overs. His spell had a devastating impact on the Rajasthan’s batsmen. They fell away like a pack of cards and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Though tonight’s going to be a completely different game, considering it is the final time they will lock horns this season. KKR will expect Kuldeep to yet again trap the batsmen in giving away their wickets by luring them into playing for slog shots. He has been successful in puzzling the batsmen and getting the better of them on many occasions.
Tonight again he will be pitted against young Samsun, Rajasthan’s wicket-keeper batsman who can be a party spoiler for KKR. Though he likes taking on the pace bowlers more than the spinners, his taking on the KKR’s shining star would be a contest the fans will want to witness.
Sanju might have got out on duck in RR’s previous game against RCB, it would be just the right time for the young man to prove his worth again.
Ish Sodhi vs Robin Uthappa
Jofra Archer will play a key role for Rajasthan Royals
KKR skipper has been absolutely terrific with the bat this season. He has successfully slipped into the captain’s shoes and been a match winner for KKR on many occasions. Although there have been many speculations about the matches being fixed. Due to this it is pretty natural for all kinds of betting sites to lure interested people looking to make some fortune.
He has been playing consistently throughout the tournament with a strike rate of 149.48. Tonight, he will be facing the West Indian T20 specialist who has been the bargain of the season for RR. Jofra Archer will certainly look forward to get under the batsmen’s skin with his bowling performance. He has taken 9 scalps in 13 games at an economy of 8.38.
Jofra Archer will have to ensure complete dominance over the KKR’s batting unit which comprises of players like Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa and skipper Dinesh Karthik. The fans are in for some real entertainment in tonight’s game.