|Shubman Gill||c Yashasvi Jaiswal b Chris Morris||56||44||4||2||127.27|
|Venkatesh Iyer||b Rahul Tewatia||38||35||3||2||108.57|
|Nitish Rana||c Liam Livingstone b Glenn Phillips||12||5||1||1||240|
|Rahul Tripathi||b Chetan Sakariya||21||14||3||0||150|
|Dinesh Karthik||not out||14||11||0||1||127.27|
|Eoin Morgan||not out||13||11||1||1||118.18|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.55)||171/4|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||b Shakib Al Hasan||0||3||0||0||0|
|Liam Livingstone||c Rahul Tripathi b Lockie Ferguson||6||6||1||0||100|
|Sanju Samson||c Eoin Morgan b Shivam Mavi||1||4||0||0||25|
|Shivam Dube||b Shivam Mavi||18||20||0||1||90|
|Anuj Rawat||lbw Lockie Ferguson||0||1||0||0||0|
|Glenn Phillips||b Shivam Mavi||8||12||0||1||66.67|
|Rahul Tewatia||b Shivam Mavi||44||36||5||2||122.22|
|Chris Morris||lbw Varun Chakravarthy||0||2||0||0||0|
|Jaydev Unadkat||c Shakib Al Hasan b Lockie Ferguson||6||5||1||0||120|
|Chetan Sakariya||run out (Shakib Al Hasan)||1||5||0||0||20|
|Mustafizur Rahman||not out||0||3||0||0||0|
|Total||(16.1 Ov, RR: 5.27)||85/10|
|Shakib Al Hasan||1||0||1||1||1||0||0|
This is the penultimate double-header of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a must-win game.
While RR are out of the race for the top four (they still have a mathematical chance but given their net run rate, it’s almost improbable for them to overturn -0.737), this is a do-or-die game for KKR.
KKR have been in excellent form and have turned things around in this second half of the tournament. The Eoin Morgan-led side have won four out of the six games they have played in the UAE.
Mumbai Indians (MI) are breathing heavily down KKR’s neck. However, if they manage to win this game, they will most probably advance to the playoffs. KKR have a net run rate of +0.294. Their top-order has fired while the middle-order has been a touch inconsistent.
Meanwhile, the bowling has been good as well, and it is Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy who have led the charge with the ball.
On the other hand, RR have been very inconsistent. They just haven’t been able to build any sort of momentum throughout this tournament. Be it in the first half or in this UAE leg, the Sanju Samson-led side have won two games in a row only once throughout this 2021 edition.
RR’s top-order has been excellent, but the middle-order just hasn’t come to the party. Meanwhile, the bowling has been inconsistent. RR will be looking to finish the season on a high and will want to play party spoilers.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have a couple of injury issues. Andre Russell has been struggling and has now missed three games in a row. Meanwhile, Lockie Ferguson has also missed a couple of games due to injury. There hasn’t really been a lot of news on the injuries of these two overseas stars. Hence, KKR are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI that won against SRH.
RR may be out of the race for the playoffs and might look to give a few players a go. Oshane Thomas might get a go in place of Mustafizur Rahman. The batting line-up may not be tinkered too much. Liam Livingstone might come back in to replace David Miller.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller/Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Kuldip Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman/Oshane Thomas
Venkatesh Iyer: Venkatesh Iyer has been very impressive throughout this UAE leg of the IPL 2021. He has been in top form, and he has brought some fresh energy at the top of the order.
The left-hander has accumulated 201 runs at an average of 40.20 and he has a strike-rate of 134. Besides, he has chipped in nicely with the ball as well and he has taken three wickets.
Evin Lewis: Evin Lewis has been getting good starts throughout this second half of the IPL. Apart from the game against SRH where he got just 6, the left-handed opener has gone past 20 in every single innings.
However, he hasn’t been able to convert those starts. He has aggregated 151 runs in five innings, and he has a strike-rate of 162.36. Thus, he will be the key at the top of the order once again for RR.
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