Rajasthan Royals enjoyed a successful start to IPL 2023, winning four of their first five games. Shimron Hetmyer consistently completed the game, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal excelled during the early overs, while Trent Boult caused havoc for the opposition with his new ball bowling. The Royals were now quite close to the top of the points chart.
But after that, things went downhill for them. In their last six games, they have suffered five losses. The opening batsmen are still doing a fantastic job, although Hetmyer’s play has gotten worse, and Boult has missed a few games because of a slight injury. Additionally, certain of their strategies—like in some games, putting R Ashwin to bat before Jason Holder and not fully exploiting the Impact Player rule—have been called into doubt. Before it’s too late, they need to start winning again.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other side, have a similar record to the Royals, with five wins and six defeats in their last 11 games. They have recently displayed improvement and are moving forward. With the help of Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, and Rinku Singh, they have gone from underdogs to favorites thanks to a string of victories. They will guarantee a berth in the top four if they overcome the Royals.
Concerns exist, though, over Sunil Narine’s performance for the Knight Riders. Narine only managed to grab one wicket in the following eight games after taking six wickets in the first three games. Worryingly for the squad, his economy rate of 8.60 is the highest he has ever had during an IPL season.
Time: 7.30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TV: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Jio Cinemas
Match: KKR vs. RR Match 56 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023
Toss & PITCH REPORT
It is expected that a high-scoring encounter will take place at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata because of the pitch’s propensity to favor batsmen. The spinners, though, will enter the picture and become very important as the game goes on. They will be essential in stopping the scoring of the opposition and making key gains.
The toss winner from each team may decide to field first depending on the circumstances. This choice enables them to evaluate the situation and take advantage of any early advantages provided by the pitch. By deciding to field, they can try to limit the other team’s score and effectively chase it down later on in the game.
The weather is likely to remain mostly clear.
|RealFeel Shade™ 30°
|Wind S 19 km/h
|Cloud cover 20%
|Wind Gusts 26km/h
|Visibility 16 km
|Cloud ceiling 9100m
|Dew point 24°C
|Time 7.30 PM INST
KKR vs RR Head-to-Head IPL statistics :
Overall Played: 27
Won by KKR: 14
Won by RR:12
Where the two teams finished last season: KKR finished 7th, while GT finished First.
Team Form (last five matches, most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders WWLWL
Rajasthan Royals LLLWL
Trent Boult is now well and eligible for selection after missing the previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad due to a minor injury.
In terms of the Impact Player plan, Kolkata Knight Riders are probably going to keep their current starting lineup. The Impact players for their team are anticipated to be Jason Roy and Suyash Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other side, must make a choice regarding their fourth foreign player. They can decide to add Joe Root to their batting lineup to strengthen it, or they can add Adam Zampa or Obed McCoy to their bowling attack to improve it. Alternatively, they might select Jason Holder and go with both options. The potential candidates for their Impact player roles are Dhruv Jurel and Kuldip Yadav.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) XI
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy
, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine are our key Rahmanullah Gurbaz players
Rajasthan Royals (RR) XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Sen, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Shimron Hetmyer, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal are our key players
BETTING TIPS KKR VS RR
KKR TO WIN
Key statistics suggest that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) may have an advantage in the upcoming match. Sunil Narine, despite his recent performance, has a strong track record against Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson, having dismissed them multiple times while conceding few runs. Well, This could make Narine a trump card for KKR.
Furthermore, Nitish Rana has shown better performance when facing spinners who turn the ball away. Against R Ashwin, he has a high strike rate without being dismissed, but his performance against Yuzvendra Chahal has been relatively weaker with several dismissals.
Chahal, on the other hand, has been exceptional in the death overs, boasting the best economy rate among bowlers who have bowled at least five overs in that phase in IPL 2023. Additionally, he shares the record for the most wickets in IPL history with Dwayne Bravo.
In terms of the pitch and conditions at Eden Gardens, it has been a high-scoring venue this IPL, with the highest average first-innings total among all venues. Spinners have been more successful than fast bowlers, indicating that KKR’s spinners could have an edge in the match.
Taking all these factors into consideration, Kolkata Knight Riders may have a better chance of emerging as the winners in the upcoming contest.