Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has emerged as one of the most popular franchises that have its base in Kolkata. KKR changed its anthem from “Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo” to “Run Run Run” in 2019 hoping that it will boost the team’s performance. Eden Gardens is the home ground for the Kolkata based team. If reports are to be believed, then Eden Gardens is also the world’s second-largest stadium. When the team began performing in 2008, it was not a glorious one, but later the team built an outstanding squad. The squad helped KKR win several times and earned the team a right image. Before 2011, Sourav Ganguly was the team’s captain. However, the squad lacked youth and powerful performance. Things changed for KKR in 2011 when Gautam Gambhir was declared as captain. Dinesh Karthik was appointed as the team’s captain in 2018.
Kolkata Night Riders are one of the most innovative teams in the tournament. They once dared to experiment with the 11-captain strategy and evolved after learning the hardships in it. With such a passion to evolve, KKR also puts their squad on a spectrum of frequent alterations. KKR were victors of the trophy in the years 2012 and 2014. They have been waiting for the next cup since then. A clash between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is assured to give us a clinical match between two teams known for their strategic moves and methodology.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) is one of the classiest teams in IPL. Among other things, they are known for their delicacy and team-spirit. The home venue of the Royals is the Sawai Mansingh Stadium of Jaipur, which is one of the best stadiums in India. Royals are packed with a top-notch band of players including Butler, Smith, Rahane, and Stokes. They are also known to regularly introduce new and sensational talents to IPL, like Riyan Parag recently and Sanju Samson earlier. They have outperformed mighty favorites in some seasons and have failed to live up to expectations during others on random occasions. Rajasthan Royals is perhaps the most unpredictable team in IPL.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals (RR) has so far managed to win only one IPL in the year 2008. After that, the best that RR achieved was in 2013 when they accomplished the third spot in the season. The team has also managed to reach the playoffs twice in 2015 and 2018 respectively. RR had an association with legends of cricket like Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson.
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The matches played on Sawai Mansingh Stadium have a charm of classy and sophisticated aura of this well-maintained international stadium. IPL has been one of the reasons that some of the best stadiums in the country are now loaded facilities for large crowds. It’s fun to witness the match directly. However, for screen-watching, there are live streams available on various platforms.
|Robin Uthappa||c: Nagarkoti b: Cummins||6||2||0||1||300.00|
|Ben Stokes||c: Karthik b: Cummins||18||11||2||1||163.64|
|Steven Smith||b: Cummins||4||4||1||0||100.00|
|Sanju Samson||c: Karthik b: Mavi||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Jos Buttler||c: Cummins b: Vinod||35||22||4||1||159.09|
|Riyan Parag||c: Karthik b: Cummins||0||7||0||0||0.00|
|Rahul Tewatia||c: Karthik b: Vinod||31||27||2||1||114.81|
|Shreyas Gopal||not out||23||23||2||0||100.00|
|Jofra Archer||c: Mavi b: Nagarkoti||6||9||0||0||66.67|
|Kartik Tyagi||c&b: Mavi||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Varun Aaron||not out||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 6.55)||131/9|
|Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Robin Uthappa, 0.6), 2-27 (Ben Stokes, 2.1), 3-32 (Steven Smith, 2.6), 4-32 (Sanju Samson, 3.3), 6-80 (Jos Buttler, 10.4), 5-37 (Riyan Parag, 4.6), 7-105 (Rahul Tewatia, 14.4), 8-125 (Jofra Archer, 17.3), 9-129 (Kartik Tyagi, 18.3)|
|Shubman Gill||c: Buttler b: Tewatia||36||24||6||0||150.00|
|Nitish Rana||c: Samson b: Archer||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Rahul Tripathi||c: Uthappa b: Gopal||39||34||4||2||114.71|
|Sunil Narine||c: Stokes b: Tewatia||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Eoin Morgan||not out||68||35||5||6||194.29|
|Dinesh Karthik||c: Smith b: Tewatia||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Andre Russell||c: (Sub) b: Tyagi||25||11||1||3||227.27|
|Pat Cummins||c: Samson b: Tyagi||15||11||0||1||136.36|
|Kamlesh Nagarkoti||not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 9.55)||191/7|
|Fall of wickets: 2-73 (Shubman Gill, 8.3), 1-1 (Nitish Rana, 0.2), 4-94 (Rahul Tripathi, 11.6), 3-74 (Sunil Narine, 8.6), 5-99 (Dinesh Karthik, 12.3), 6-144 (Andre Russell, 15.3), 7-184 (Pat Cummins, 19.2)|
A match with Royals is always fun to watch due to their clinical approach and respect for the game that internationally brought them a name for generosity. Then KKR is an innovative team full of star performers. The innovative approach of KKR with frequent changes in the squad always makes a mysterious phenomenon before their matches. RR, meanwhile, allure us with their methodology. It’s impossible to claim one over the other at remains a sharp 50-50. Clashes between these two teams have always been a great watch. Our today match prediction will go into more details during the IPL 2020 season.
Since the inception of IPL, Rajasthan Royals have taken on with Kolkata Knight Riders for a total of 21 times. Due to the 2015 verdict in a controversial betting scandal, Rajasthan Royals was devoid of playing IPL in the 2016 and 2018 seasons. RR came back to join the lot in 2018. Out of the overall 21 clashes, interestingly, both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have managed exactly equal records. Both have won 10 matches against each other. One match between them had gone undecided.
In the opening season of IPL in 2008, RR proved out a great sensation. It set the course of the rising popularity of IPL under Shane Warne’s captaincy. RR had managed to win both matches against KKR in 2008. Later that momentum proved fruitful when RR, though earlier penned down by media and fans, fabulously claimed the trophy. In the next season in 2009, two clashes took place, and Kolkata Knight Riders claimed one match while the other went undecided. In 2010 it went equal as both the teams won one match each. Then in 2011 Kolkata outperformed the Royals and won both the matches against Rajasthan Royals. In the years 2012 and 2013, in both seasons the clashes went equal as both managed to claim one match each. In the next season, Kolkata Knight Riders couldn’t make a mark against the Royals in 2015. One match was abandoned, and Royals claimed the other. In 2014, one match was claimed by the Royals, and the other was tied that finally, Rajasthan Royals claimed back with a Super-over victory. The whole record between two teams could not be more equally tied, and the clash could not be more alluring.
KKR and RR have so far played a total of 21 matches out of which both have won 10 each. KKR and RR have remained strong rivals ever since IPL started in the year 2008. However, both the teams have remained par with each other. The teams have also produced two super over matches as well, one in 2009 and another one in 2014. Both the games were won by RR.
Games played: 21
KKR vs RR head to head count is 10 a piece.
RR wins: 10
No result: 1
|2019||Rajasthan Royals||3 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2019||Kolkata Knight Riders||8 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2018||Kolkata Knight Riders||25 Runs||Kolkata|
|2018||Kolkata Knight Riders||6 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2018||Kolkata Knight Riders||7 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2015||Rajasthan Royals||9 Runs||Mumbai (BS)|
|2014||Rajasthan Royals||10 Runs||Ahmedabad|
|2014||Rajasthan Royals||Super Over (Boundary Count)||Abu Dhabi|
|2013||Kolkata Knight Riders||8 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2013||Rajasthan Royals||19 Runs||Jaipur|
|2012||Kolkata Knight Riders||5 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2012||Rajasthan Royals||22 Runs||Jaipur|
|2011||Kolkata Knight Riders||8 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2011||Kolkata Knight Riders||9 Wickets||Jaipur|
|2010||Kolkata Knight Riders||8 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2010||Rajasthan Royals||34 Runs||Ahmedabad|
|2009||Kolkata Knight Riders||4 Wickets||Durban|
|2009||Rajasthan Royals||Super Over||Cape Town|
|2008||Rajasthan Royals||6 Wickets||Kolkata|
|2008||Rajasthan Royals||45 Runs||Jaipur|
2019 was the second season after the Royals returned from the ban. Due to the absence, their momentum was affected and they couldn’t be as clean in 2018 as were in previous seasons. Against KKR, they managed to win the earlier match in a clinical style by putting 177 runs on board and bowling out KKR for 175. In a later match, KKR gave a tougher fight to RR. From Rajasthan Royals, Smith and Buttler scored the most important runs. They added 73 of 59, and 37 of 44, but others in RR’s lineup couldn’t contribute as expected. Royals ended up with a low total of 139/3. It gave Kolkata Knight Riders an easy chase that they finished in 14th over. KKR won the match by 8 wickets.
In 2019, Rajasthan took the revenge of its loss of 2018 and defeated KKR by 3 wickets at Eden Garden playground. It was a sensational match as Riyan Parag played a grand knock under pressure. Riyan smashed 47 runs off 31 balls but missed his maiden century. Jofra Archer helped in riding the Royals home with four balls left. With that loss, KKR losing streak extended to six. Earlier, KKR restricted Rajasthan Royals to 98 runs for the loss of five wickets. Ideally, KKR should have won the clash, but it failed to keep the momentum. Skipper Dinesh posted 97 runs from 50 balls. However, his inning went in vain as bowlers consistently failed to hit their lengths and paid a price for it. Karthik’s score of 97 runs also emerged as highest in IPL but the score could not help the team win the match. KKR gave a good target of 175 runs for RR. RR put up a stupendous show and achieved the target in 19.2 overs with three wickets remaining.
In match number 21 that was played between KKR and RR in the year 2019, KKR managed to defeat RR by 8 wickets. With this win, KKR also topped the points table. KKR bowlers gave their best performance in the match and restricted RR at 139 for three wickets. When RR began batting on the Sawai Man Singh stadium’s playground, things did not look rosy. The ball was not coming on to the bat with ease. However, KKR players made that tough track look easy when they smashed runs and boundaries all across the stadium. KKR’s players Robin Uthappa managed to provide finishing touches with his knock of 26 runs off 16 deliveries. KKR reached a total of 140 in just 13.5 overs with 8 wickets remaining. The poor show put up by RR certainly left the home crowd disappointed. The crowd also witnessed Rahul Tripathi dropping Narine in the fourth over which disappointed bowler Kulkarni. Things would have been different for RR had he got out. It seemed that luck favored KKR when Lynn survived despite an inside edge off his bat.
The Dinesh Karthik-led side managed to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs. Earlier, RR had the upper hand in the game but lost momentum and the match to KKR. Captain of RR Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and put KKR to bat first. KKR posted a respectable total of 169 for 7. Karthik came to his team’s rescue and steadied the inning with Subhman Gill and Andre Russell. The captain’s knock played a vital role in the match. The excellent show put up by Russell, and Prasidh Krishna ensured the victory for KKR. When RR began to chase a total of 169, the entire team collapsed at 144 for four in 20 overs. KKR’s bowlers Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav kept the firm grip right from the start. Both the players picked vital wickets as and when required and put RR under pressure. At one time in the match, KKR were reduced to 51 for 4 wickets. But, RR could not maintain this momentum and lost the match to KKR.
In the 2018 season, Rajasthan Royals didn’t look in the best of their forms against KKR. They got three clashes with KKR. The first match on 18th April was a real low as RR lost to KKR by seven wickets. The result did not alter in the other two matches as well. RR and KKR clashed again on 15th May when KKR almost repeated its showdown defeating RR with 6 wickets. Then on 23rd May, both teams had an encounter where RR performed better than earlier.
Nonetheless, they lost this match by 25 runs. There must have been an effect on RR after the infamous court case that prevented them from participating in two previous seasons. Rajasthan Royals looked finding themselves back in streak during the whole season of 2018. Their earlier charm was missing.