It is going to be an important match for both the teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals as both the teams find themselves at the bottom of the league table. Kolkata Knight Riders face Rajasthan Royals at their home ground on 25 April. Read on the complete IPL match prediction here.
Kolkata Knight Riders won four of the first five matches and now they have lost five matches back to back. They are currently at the sixth position in the points table and it would be a very crucial match for them to win. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have just won three of the ten matches that they have played and stand at seventh position. A loss here for Rajasthan Royals would mean the end of playoffs dream for the team. Kolkata can still afford a loss here and can still make it to playoffs.
IPL Match Prediction Performance Check
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders were looking like a strong unit when they started off their campaign this season. But it seems that they have got off the track and lost their way. The team is highly dependent on Andre Russell who has been able to win matches for the franchise in losing situations as well. He has been performing very well and it seems the team is highly reliable on Andre Russell.
Management should think of sending Andre Russell up in the batting order and we might see a miracle there. The problem does not end here. They made some astonishing changes to the playing eleven in the previous match. They replaced Robin Uthappa, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Yadav with the players who are not even near the standards these players have set.
Making these kinds of changes in the mid of the tournament unsettles the entire squad. They need to move back to their players who gave them result at the beginning of the tournament.
This match won’t be an easy test for them. They must bring in their senior and in-form players to create chances of winning the match.
Rajasthan Royals batted really well in their previous match against Delhi Capitals but they were unable to defend the big total. It is going to be an important match and it would be a do or die situation for them. They cannot afford any mistakes against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Many of their overseas players would be leaving for international duties. Jos Butler left the tournament much earlier than expected. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes would also be leaving for England after this match.
Ajinkya Rahane was in prime form in the previous match. He scored the first century of this season and was good playing at top of the order. Rahane and Sanju Samson can form a lethal opening pair for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan would expect Rahane, Samson, and Smith to play freely at top of the order and score run for the team. Kolkata’s bowling is struggling currently and Rajasthan batsmen can take advantage. Ashton Turner has been a big disappointment for the team with three ducks in the tournament.
The bowling attack is led by Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal. Ben Stokes has not been bowling from the last two matches. Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaidev Unadkat have gone for runs and have struggled to take wickets. They need to perform well as a bowling unit as Kolkata might roar back in form against their attack.
Head to Head Tipster
Kolkata Knight Riders have won 10 matches out of the 20 matches that they have played against Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan has won 9 matches out of them.
IPL Match Prediction Playing XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
IPL Match Prediction Playing XI Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner/Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
The weather is expected to be clear and good for the match day. The pitch at Eden Gardens is excellent for batting as it has pace and bounce. We can expect a high-scoring match with a par score of 170.
Toss Prediction Tips
The team winning the toss is expected to bat second. Chasing has been worthy at this pitch.
IPL Match Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders must choose their team wisely and allow their players to play freely. If they make the selection as in the last match, then it would be very difficult for them to win. We can expect a tough contest between the two teams. Rajasthan needs to work on its bowling attack which is very vulnerable. We bet on Kolkata to win this match.