The Kolkata Knight Riders entered the playoffs with the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last league game. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals has defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore to make their playoff berth. Both the teams will lock their horns in the Eliminator1 of IPL Playoffs. The winners of this game will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier game to enter the IPL finale.Match Begins In
Dinesh Karthik improved his leadership qualities each day and rejuvenated the team after back to back losses. He scored up to 30 percent of team’s total in every game. The team finished in the third position in the points table after Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
The important assets for the team are Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and the skipper himself who scored 438 runs. The young pacers Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna did their best at the need of the hour. Though the team lost most of the players like Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mitchell Johnson, due to injury woes, the team made a surprising bounce back in this season. Sunil Narine scored 327 runs at the strike rate of 189 and picked 16 wickets. The solid middle order is the important weapon for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ajinkya Rahane was trolled for poor performance when the team slipped to the last position in the points table at an instance. But the team made a magnificent come back by defeating rejuvenated RCB to make their way for playoffs. The opponents were in upper hand in all the aspects but they managed to win over them with all their might. This game will be crucial for them. In fact, they are going to face an ordeal without Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. In the previous games they managed to beat strong opponents but this task did not go easy with them. The important players for Rajasthan Royals are Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtam, and Ish Sodhi.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik(Captain), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi/Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, and Shubhman Gill.
Ajinkya Rahane(captain), Rahul Tripathi, Ben Laughlin, Jofra Archer, Heinrich Klassen, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny/Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gautam, Ish Sodhi, and Jaydev Unadkat.
Though the Rajasthan Royals has a good head to head record of 9-8 with Kolkata Knight Riders, the latter was in good position in the current situation. Karthik has more strong points when compared to Rahane as a leader. Both the teams are strong when it comes to spin attack.