Kolkata Knight Riders are set to host Rajasthan Royals in the 43rd fixture of the Indian Premier League. The hosts will be desperate to get back to winning ways after losing five games on the trot while the Royals have to win this game if they want to stay alive in this tournament. Both the teams will collide with each other for the second time in this season. Kolkata Knight Riders registered a comprehensive 8-wicket victory when these two sides met last time in Jaipur.

Kolkata Knight Riders are struggling to find their feet after some scintillating performances in the IPL 2019. Having lost six consecutive league fixtures, the hosts have been in miserable form and desperately needs to get over the line. Dinesh Karthik needs to take up the responsibility and lead his team from the front in the times of adversity. With four wins in their ten outings, the Knight Riders are precariously placed at the sixth position in the points table. KKR would be hoping to land a counterpunch when they take on the Royals in Kolkata tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have also played some stunning cricket so far in this edition of the IPL, but unfortunately, the results have not gone their way. After appointing Steve Smith as their standing captain, the Royals were hoping for some turnaround. However, their previous defeat against CSK showed their inability to defend runs under pressure. The visitors are languishing at the second last spot in the points table with only three victories in their ten league fixtures. Rajasthan Royals would be eyeing to avenge their last home defeat against the Knight Riders.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total Matches 73
Matches won batting first 28
Matches won bowling first 45
Average 1st Inns scores 157
Average 2nd Inns scores 144
Highest total recorded 218/4 (20 Ov) by KKR vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest score defended 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR

 

Head-to-Head Record

Total – 20

KKR- 10

RCB- 09

N/R: 01

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

  • Kuldeep Yadav is likely to replace KC Cariappa in the starting lineup.
  • Rinkoo Singh will start the game ahead of Robbie Uthappa.

Rajasthan Royals

  • Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer might miss this fixture as the duo will return to England for national duties.
  • Liam Livingstone and Oshane Thomas are set to replace them in the playing XI.

SQUADS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly

Rajasthan Royals:

Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steven Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, S Midhun, Jos Buttler, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ish Sodhi.

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Chris Lynn
  • Sunil Narine
  • Andre Russell

Rajasthan Royals

  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Steve Smith
  • Shreyas Gopal

Probable Playing XI

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Chris Lynn, Suni Narine, Robin Uthappa/Rinkoo Singh, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C, WK), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone / Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Oshane Thomas / Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni