Two bottom-lying teams Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders clash at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday night. IPL 2021 table has started to take shape as teams have entered their 5th round of fixtures this week. Both teams are struggling on every front and looking to make comeback with 2 points on Saturday.
Match Details: RR vs KKR
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Date: 24th April 2021. Time: 19:30 IST.
Preview: RR vs KKR
Rajasthan Royals currently sit at last place in the league table. Kumar Sangakkara and Sanju Samson co need to quickly return to the winning track if they want to finish in top-4. Batting front with the likes of Buttler, Samson, Vohra are not consistent. We may see Y Jaiswal today in place of M Vohra. In bowling, they are missing English top Jofra Archer, Livingstone, and Stokes, who all returned to England. All-rounders Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia shown some progress recently but they need to keep that form up for the entire season.
Kolkata Knight Riders managed to get past 200 runs in the last match while chasing 220 runs target against Chennai Super Kings. KKR side has improved in the batting unit but the bowling section is still struggling. The Likes of Cummins and Krishna are not consistent with wickets. Spinners Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarty, and Sunil Narine also struggling for form. We may see Kuldeep Yadav returning to the squad today. Captain Eoin Morgan and Indian star Shubham Gill are also struggling to convert in big runs.
Weather Report RR vs KRR:
Mumbai weather is getting hot, but it will be last match for Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai. Temperature will remain around 32 degree Celsius during the match.
Pitch Report RR vs KKR:
Rajasthan Royals are struggling to score big on Wankhede pitch. This will be their last match on this pitch. Both teams need to score more than 200 runs on this pitch to give some target for the opponent. Pacers may enjoy bowling today in the death overs. This will give KKR an extra edge due to their strong fast bowling unit.
Probable Playing XI:
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Y Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(C&WK), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakaria, Mustafizur Rahman.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubham Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(C), Dinesh Karthik(WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
Head to Head Stats: RR vs KKR
Sanju Samson: Rajasthan skipper scored first century of this IPL in opening game. But since then he has been off and easily giving away his wicket. He needs to be more responsible with batting to guide his team to qualifiers.
Andre Russell: We witnessed what Russell can do while chasing big totals. He scored 54 runs off 22 balls with six sixes. He was struggling with bat in first few games but it looks like he is back with both bat and ball.
Shubham Gill: KKR opener has been quite since the start of the IPL 2021. But you can’t miss this name and we can witness big winning from Gill on Saturday. He will be must-pick option for any fantasy gaming player.
Jos Buttler: English Wicket-keeper is not consistent performer for RR but it never takes time to return to form for him. He scored just 8 runs in last match but now looking for immediate return to form with bang against KKR.
Shubham Gill, Andre Russell, Sanju Samson.
Team1(If RR batting first)
Team2(If KKR batting first):
Probable Winners: KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders will be having upper hand in this match due to their strong pace bowling attack.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.