Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 20:00 IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
The two teams that are languishing at the bottom half of the table are set to take on each other and the team finishing on the losing side in this game will find it almost impossible to qualify for knockouts. The Kolkata Knight Riders are on a 5 match losing streak and will be desperate to turn tables, meanwhile captaincy change has influenced the Rajasthan Royals to play good brand of cricket in their last two games.
KKR is expected to bring back Kuldeep Yadav for KC Cariappa. Their foreign fast bowling option has been a cause of concern for them. The Rajasthan Royals is expected to bring in Liam Livingstone or Rahul Tripathi for Ashton Turner. If Rahul Tripathi gets a game, then we can expect Oshane Thomas or Ish Sodhi in place of an Indian seamer.
We have so far witnessed a lot of high scoring thrillers at this venue and we expect the same in tonight’s game. This has been one of the best grounds in this edition of IPL for batsmen but spinners have struggled to contain them, especially while bowling second.
This season’s Most Valuable Player is a must have in all your fantasy teams. The Rajasthan Royals have struggled to get a stable death bowling partner for Jofra Archer. Andre Russell could completely take advantage of that. His scores at Eden Gardens in this edition of IPL are 49*(19), 48(17), 45(21), 10(4), 65(25).
Steve Smith has been at the helm of things for the Rajasthan Royals and it has certainly created a positive vibe for his team as well as his batting (two consecutive half centuries). He is a minimum guarantee player when he bats at number 3 position irrespective of the venue and conditions. He has phenomenal record against KKR bowlers and has got out only to Andre Russell among all KKR bowlers even after facing a combined 105 deliveries from others recently in T20s.
Jofra Archer has been the only reliable fast bowling option for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. He has not just picked wickets for them, but also has the second best economy rate for any pace bowler in IPL 2019. He has already dismissed the likes of Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill in T20s recently and has a very good economy rate against other KKR batsmen.
If given a chance to comeback, Kuldeep Yadav will be a force to be reckoned with in this match. He has a tendency to go for runs against some big hitters on an off day, but looking at the Rajasthan Royals batting line up, he has more chances of coming on top of them. He has dismissed the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson twice recently in IPL and can prove to be a match winner.