Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals:
KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders face off Rajasthan Royals in the 54th match of IPL 2021 on Friday. Both teams are still in contention of making the playoffs as one could expect it to be a cracker of a contest. Kolkata Knight Riders has to win this game and by a big margin to make the playoffs. They currently have 6 wins in 13 matches and thus are sitting at fifth on the points table.
Kolkata Knight Riders won their last game against SRH by 6 wickets. They produced a brilliant bowling effort to restrict SRH to only 115 runs in the first innings. Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi and Chakravarthy all picked two wickets each, while Shakib claimed one wicket. Shubman Gill’s half-century in the second innings ensured KKR win the game in 19.4 overs.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last game. That defeat has almost crushed their chances of reaching the playoffs. Even if they win the next game, it will still be not enough to make a top-four finish. Against MI’s powerful bowling unit, RR could only manage to score 90 runs in the first innings. Ishan Kishan’s half-century off just 25 deliveries in the second innings meant MI chased down the score in just 8.2 overs.
Here’s a look at the predicted playing XIs of both sides:
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/ Liam Livingstone, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller/ Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Kuldip Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman
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