2018, ഏപ്രിൽ 18, ബുധനാഴ്‌ച

PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS: RAJ VS KOL


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Match details:

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
18th April 2018
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Venue:
The only match to be played in Jaipur this season was truncated when rain interrupted play and the Duckworth-Lewis rule was enforced. The pitch has traditionally slowed down as the game progresses. The venue provides assistance for fast bowlers and a score of 150 or more is considered a fighting total.

Preview:

The first IPL match in two years in Jaipur was reduced to a 6-over chase due to rain interruption. The crowd will be hoping for a full match this time around as Rajasthan Royals host Kolkata Knight Riders – the only two teams who have managed to defend a total this year.

Rajasthan come into the match on the back of a 19-run win in Bangalore thanks to Orange Cap holder Sanju Samson’s man of the match performance. The form of D’Arcy Short and Ben Stokes, however, remains a concern for the team.

Kolkata Knight Riders returned to winning ways with a thumping 71-run win over Delhi Daredevils at home. Nitish Rana scored a quick-fire fifty and was ably supported by Uthappa, Lynn, and Russell as the Knight Riders posted their second 200 score of the tournament.

With 2 wins each, the two teams are level on points. KKR, who have played an extra match, have the chance to go top of the table with a win. RR, however, have a dismal Net Run Rate and would need to defeat their opponents heavily to achieve the same.

Head to Head:

Total matches: 15
Rajasthan Royals:  9 wins (60%)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 6 wins (40%)

Form:
Rajasthan Royals: L W W
Kolkata Knight Riders:  W L L W

Last Match’s Playing XI and probable changes

Rajasthan Royals
Ajinkya Rahane (c), D’Arcy Short, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Probable changes: Heinrich Klaasen in for D’Arcy Short. The Australian has managed to score just 21 runs in 3 matches this season and could be replaced by the South African hitman.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Probable changes: None. Nearly every player performed for the Knight Riders in the previous match and Karthik wouldn’t want to tinker with the winning combination.

Top Fantasy Point scorers:

Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson (115.5 points) – The star performer for the Royals this season, Samson has stormed his way to the Orange cap with scores of 49, 36, and 92* so far. Samson averages 89 and has a strike rate of over 160 in 3 matches this year.
Ajinkya Rahane (60.5 points) – The captain, with 94 runs, is the second highest scorer for the Royals. He came back strongly in the third match, after being criticised earlier for his slow starts, by scoring a 20-ball 36 to give the team a strong platform.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine (132.5 points) – He is tied at 7 for the most wickets while he also has the best economy rate in the tournament at 5.47 runs per over. Having started with a 19-ball 50, Narine has faltered with the bat in the next 3 matches, registering scores of 12, 9, and 1.
Andre Russell (130 points) – An unlikely candidate for the Orange Cap, Russell finds himself in second spot behind Samson in the runs tally this season. He has hit the most sixes – 19 – and is striking the ball at 239. He has amassed 153 runs at an average of 51 while he broke his duck with the ball by getting Shreyas Iyer out in the last match.

Player to avoid:
Ankit Sharma (RR) @ 8 credits

The spinner hasn’t played a single match for the Royals this season. With the pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium expected to assist pacers, it is likely that Sharma will stay out of the Playing XI. It is suggested you avoid picking the 26-year-old in your team.

He was part of almost 1% of the teams for the previous 2 matches.

Value Pick:

Nitish Rana (KKR) @ 8.5 credits

The uncapped batsman is the second highest run scorer for KKR with 127 at an average of 31.75. He also bowled in KKR’s opener against RCB and picked up Kohli and de Villiers in successive deliveries.

Suggested team balance:

The top two run scorers – Samson and Russell – are must-haves in your team. You can loop in budget buys like Nitish Rana to accommodate the more expensive all-rounders. Pacers should rule the roost in your bowling department considering the nature of the pitch.