In the 54th match of the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals. This will be both clubs’ last league game in this season’s IPL. To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Knight Riders must win this game. On the plus side, their net run rate is now higher than Mumbai Indians, but they don’t want to rely on the outcomes of other teams. Eoin Morgan and his team are presently in the fourth position in the rankings with 12 points after 6 victories and 7 defeats.
Match – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – 54th match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
We’re seeing a very different surface here in Sharjah, where the bowlers have totally controlled the second leg of the IPL. In order to score more runs, the hitters must be at the top of their game.
Avg first innings score: 132 (7 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Sharjah’s weather forecasters anticipate that the skies will remain clear. The temperature is expected to be between 33 and 31 degrees Celsius, with no risk of rain throughout the match, according to the prediction.
Played – 24 | Kolkata Knight Riders– 12 | Rajasthan Royals– 11 | N/R – 0
Played – 3 | Kolkata Knight Riders– 2| Rajasthan Royals– 1 | N/R – 0
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana
Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markhande/Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Venkatesh Iyer — Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer has been a disclosure for the Knight Riders in the ongoing edition of the IPL. In six matches, the left-handed batter has before racked up 201 runs at a norm of40.20 and a strike rate of 134. Although he failed to score against the Sunrisers, he’s added than able of making up for it against the Royals. Not to forget that he’s added than handy with the ball.
Varun Chakravarthy— Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy is a constant menace to the hitters on the opposing team. He has caused a slew of issues in this IPL with his deceptive bowling talents. Chakravarthy has 15 wickets at an economy rate of 6.73 in 13 matches in this tournament. He’s presently the leading door-taker for Morgan andCo. having picked up 15 doors from 13 games at a skimping rate of6.73. Yea as in India he wasn’t all that successful, Chakravarthy has made amends in the first half.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
KKR is in fourth place on the standings, and after MI’s win last night, the squad is in a do-or-die situation. For KKR, this is a must-win game, and they must win by a large margin to increase their net run rate. The injury to Andre Russell is a huge blow for the club, and each player must handle and compensate for it. Kolkata Knight Riders defeated SRH in their last encounter to keep their prospects of making the IPL 2021 playoffs alive.
This year, Sanju Samson and his teammates had a terrible season. They have only 10 points and have lost 8 of their 13 games. They have a low chance of making the playoffs. They can only make it difficult for KKR to qualify for the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals, on the other side, are virtually out of the competition after losing by 8 wickets to Mumbai Indians in their previous match with 70 balls remaining. Their chances of qualifying are poor, given their net run rate is far lower than those of MI, PBKS, or KKR. They would still want to give it their all in this game.
The fate of the Kolkata Knight Riders is in their hands as they enter the last group encounter of the IPL 2021. If they win, they are unlikely to be passed by Mumbai Indians on net run rate, ensuring their place in the IPL Playoffs. Rajasthan Royals have already been eliminated from the competition, therefore the outcome of this match is irrelevant. Leading up to the final few games, RR has been in terrible form. It has lost three of its last four games and may want to give some of its younger players a chance in this one.
Today’s match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match.