Rajasthan Royals will be looking for the third consecutive win when they will host Kolkata Knight Riders at Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur on April 18. This will be the 15th match of IPL 2018 and the first ball will be bowled at 08:00 PM.
It will be an interesting affair to watch as RR have won 25 of their games at Sawai Man Singh out of 34 matches while in the last six away games KKR have won just 2 games.
In their previous encounters, KKR defeated DD by 71 runs, credit goes to Nitish Rana and Andre Russell while RR won by 19 runs against RCB. RR has won two consecutive matches in a total of three. Both the time they have won by defending their total. KKR has played 4 matches so far and has registered 2 wins.
KKR- W, L, L, W
RR- L, W, W
There are no injury concerns as of now for Rajasthan Royals and they might stick to the same playing 11. Rahane’s injury is not to be worried about and he will play against Knight Riders.
Jofra Archer was seen practicing in nets. He might get to play in place of Ben Laughlin.
Rajasthan might also shuffle D Arcy Short with Heinrich Klassen. However, it is not concrete.
KKR is also expected to field the same playing 11 after an easy win over DD. Management might not tinker the playing combination and give Tom Curran one more chance.
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Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Sunil Narine, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Mitchell Johnson, Robin Uthappa, Cameron Delport, Tom Curran, Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla, Chris Lynn, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Vinay Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Javon Searles, Shubman Gill
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, D Arcy Short, Sudhesan Midhun, Sanju Samson, Ben Laughlin, Dushmantha Chameera, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Heinrich Klaasen, Jos Buttler (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Mahipal Lomror, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Jofra Archer
No changes are expected in both the team’s line up. Here’s the probable Raj vs Kol playing 11
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, D Arcy Short
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
Both the man of the match award holders- Sanju Samson and Nitish Rana will be crucial for their teams. Sanju Samson’s 92 of 45 balls helped RR put a massive total of 217 against RCB, while 35-balls 59 from Nitish Rana and 12-balls 41 runs blinder from Andre Russell helped KKR post 201 targets to Delhi Daredevils.
In bowling, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets each and bundled out DD at just 129 runs. For Rajasthan, Shreyas Gopal took 2 wickets while K Gowtham, Ben Stokes, and Ben Laughlin shared one wicket each.
Let’s move forward to Raj vs Kol match prediction.
While RR will be eyeing on three in a row, KKR would be looking to improve its away game records. Both the teams would be riding high on confidence. However, if we consider RR’s record at Sawai Man Singh Stadium, beating Royals will be a tough task for Knight Riders. In last five head to head matches, KKR has won just one match.
So, Royals seem to have an extra advantage of playing in their home. As per our RAJ vs KOL match predictions, although KKR is a tough team, Royals will turn out to be the winner.
In wicketkeeper, DK and Jos Buttler both are good choices. But, we suggest taking DK will provide you more points. In batting Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa will be a perfect choice. Chris Lynn and D Arcy Short and Ajinkya Rahane have failed to turn their short cameos into big innings. You can choose any of them as an extra batsman.
In all-rounder, there’s no better deal than Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. Ben Stokes has failed so far, but you never know! So, you can choose him as the third all-rounder.
In bowling, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, and Dhawal Kulkarni will be good choices.
Disclaimer- Management can take any decision at last moment. The RAJ vs KOL dream11 match preview we are providing here is based on our research and analysis. So, we urge you to pick your playing 11 or go with the same team if you feel so. Also, hit the bell icon to never miss an important update from us.