Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Rajasthan Royals in the 54th match of the Indian Premier League. Both teams need to win this match to ensure that they have a chance of making it to the playoffs. A win for the team from Rajasthan will be essential for them to remain with a chance to going through. On the other hand, KKR can still go through despite a loss in this cricket match.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Kolkata Knight Riders come riding on a close six wicket win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing 116 runs, Shubman Gill scored a half century to lead the way for the 2014 champions. However, it were the brilliant spells by the KKR bowlers who set up the match. Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee and Varun Chakravarty picked two wickets each. Both played some really good live cricket and will want to continue to do so.
The win will give Kolkatar Knight Riders the best shot out of the four teams in contention to seal a playoff spot. Once Eoin Morgan and company win the game, it will be on Mumbai Indians to secure a big win.
Factors that play well for Kolkata are the forms of Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana with the bat. Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine’s all-round efforts have also led the way for them. However, Eoin Morgan’s scores with the bat are a big concern.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
Rajasthan Royals really don’t have anything to fight for against the Kolkata Knight Riders. They lost versus the Mumbai Indians, putting to bed their chances at qualification for the IPL 2021 playoffs. However, Sanju Samson can dent Kolkata’s chances for a top four finish.
Rajasthan suffered a poor loss against Mumbai. After getting all dismissed for 90 runs, Samson and company let the defending champions score freely and cross the finish line in 8.2 overs. Openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis are the real ones carrying the batting show. The middle order, including skipper Sanju Samson have failed.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Sanju Samson (captain), Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav, Ben Stokes
Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have faced each other 24 times in the IPL. Rajasthan have won 11 matches while Kolkata have won on 12
The Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites to win the game. Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill and their bowlers’ forms will be their riding horse in the game. The game means a playoff spot for the Knights and they would want to seal it. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals are out of order.
Date and Time:
October 7, 2021 (Thursday), 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah