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So, the time has come for the only Eliminator of Best vs Best IPL 2018. The two months long tournament is on the verge of getting a new champion. With just two more games remaining, third and fourth placed KKR and RR will lock horns tomorrow (May 23) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata to eliminate each other and get closer to finals. The clash will take place at 07:00 PM Local.
It will be a bit tough for Rajasthan Royals who are making a comeback after two years of hiatus to get an edge over the hosts in the absence of Joss Buttler and Ben Stokes who were a key to their success.
Also, Kolkata Knight Riders have turned out as the winners on both the occasions when the teams have come face to face in this season.
So, let’s move forwards to RR vs KKR team news and RR vs KKR dream11 prediction.
Kolkata Knight Riders secured a place in top four positions after thrashing Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets. They chased down the 173 runs target quite easily in-front of the best bowling attack in the IPL. They are amongst the most balanced side in this season with depth in batting and variation in bowling. The hosts have an excellent record at Eden Gardens and are expected to go with the unchanged side. However, J Searles is a doubtful starter and Shivam Mavi might make into playing 11. Rest no changes are expected in KKR.
For Rajasthan, filling in the void created by Joss Buttler and Ben Stokes would be a concern for the management. Henrich Klassen and Ben Laughlin got a chance in the last game are were good with their performances. However, R Tripathi and S Gopal were the keys to beat RCB by 30 runs and secure a place in the first half of points table. Rajasthan will be relying on local talents against KKR tomorrow. RR is also unlikely to tinker with the winning combination.
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In KKR, Shivam Mavi made way for Piyush Chawla in the last match and might remain on the bench in this clash also. As per Katich, they are likely to go with three spinners.
In RR, no changes as such are expected to take place. D Arcy Short who has struggled through the tournament is expected to remain on the bench.
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Ishank Jaggi, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Mitchell Johnson, Shivam Mavi, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Javon Searles, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Shubman Gill, Cameron Delport
Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short, Dushmantha Chameera, Ish Sodhi, Shreyas Gopal, Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Ben Laughlin, Ankit Sharma, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Jos Buttler (wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun
Both the teams can undergo a couple of changes. The probable RR vs KKR playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper- H Klassen
Batsmen- Sanju Samson, A Rahane, R Tripathi
All-rounder- K Gowtham, S Binny,
Bowlers- S Gopal, J Archer, I Sodhi, J Unadkat, B Laughlin
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen- C Lynn, R Uthappa, N Rana, S Gill
Allrounder- S Narine, A Russell,
Bowlers- J Searles/Shivam Mavi, P Krishna, P Chawla, K Yadav
For Kolkata, C Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, N Rana and Dinesh Karthik will have the responsibilities to score runs. Lynn was the man of the match in the last game and S Narine helped in a providing a good start. Their form will be quite crucial for KKR.
In bowling, P Krishna, P Chawla, and K Yadav will be crucial. Sunil Narine has been wonderful with the ball at Eden Gardens.
For Rajasthan, Shreyas Gopal and R Tripathi were the star performers in the last game. While Tripathi blasted 80 runs in 58 balls, S Gopal was awarded man of the match because of his splendid spell of 4-16-4. Rajasthan Royals will be mostly depended upon local talents including Sanju Samson, K Gowtham, and A Rahane.
Although the absence of Joss Buttler wasn’t felt in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, someone like Rahul Tripathi will have to take the charge against KKR. Local talents like A Rahane, Sanju Samson will have to step up and take the charge.
For KKR, playing at home ground will provide them an upper hand. Also, in two encounters this season, KKR has emerged unbeaten on both occasions.
As per our RAJ vs KOL Dream11 predictions, the hosts will be favorite.
In wicket keeping, DK will be a good choice as he is a consistent performer.
In batsmen, S Samson, C Lynn, R Uthappa, R Tripathi and N Rana will be perfect.
In all-rounder, S Narine, A Russell and K Gowtham is a must-have pick.
In bowling, we can pick spinners here as they get a good amount of turn from the pitch.
We will update the RR vs KKR Dream11 team by 05:00 PM tomorrow.
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