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IPL 2018, KKR vs RR, Match Preview: Rahane to put up a tough fight against Dinesh Karthik

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 April 2018, 12:53 IST
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Rajasthan Royals will clash with Kolkata Knight Riders today night in Rajasthan. The team led by Ajinkya Rahane lost their first match to the board leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad but have since then bounced back and have registered two wins back to back. Rajasthan won their first point in the match against Delhi Daredevils that was actually disrupted by the rain. However, their second win against the Royal Challengers Banglore was a dominant one.

Having one two of the three matches, destroying Delhi Daredevils in assisted with Andre Russel's assault that led the team to a massive total of 200 for a loss of 9 wickets. Later, KKR strangled DD at a paltry score of 129.


However, the match tonight brings worries to both the teams irrespective of their standing in the points table. Rajasthan need to worry about the non-performance of their overseas batsmen. Rajasthan Royals also have issues with their bowling; three of their pacers – JaydevUnadkat, Ben Laughlin and Stokes – have an economy rate of close to eleven runs per over, and RR will want them to sort themselves out quickly.

Speaking of KKR, Andre Russell is the highest run-getter from Kolkata despite batting at the 6th-7th spot. The Jamaican has destroyed the opposition on two occasions. Moreover, openers Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa have also been performing with their bats well. The bowlers have also been able to put up a convincing performance. Sunil Narine apart from his destructive batting has been performing decently in terms of his bowling as well. Also, Shreyas Gopal will be confident after dismissing Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers in his last match.


Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (C), Ankit Sharma Anureet Singh Jofra Archer Stuart Binny Aryaman Birla Jos Buttler (W) Dushmantha Chameera Prashant Chopra Shreyas Gopal Krishnappa Gowtham Heinrich Klaasen Dhawal Kulkarni Ben Laughlin Mahipal Lomror Sudhesan Midhun Sanju Samson Jatin Saxena D'Arcy Short Ish Sodhi Ben Stokes Rahul Tripathi Jaydev Unadkat.


Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik (C) (W), Piyush Chawla Tom Curran Cameron Delport Ishank Jaggi Mitchell Johnson Kuldeep Yadav Chris Lynn Prasidh Krishna Sunil Narine Nitish Rana Andre Russell Javon Searles Shivam Mavi Shubman Gill Rinku Singh Robin Uthappa Vinay Kumar Apporv Wankhade.

First published: 18 April 2018, 12:53 IST