It is not easy for KKR to win against Rajasthan, batsmen and bowlers will have to do this work


Mumbai. Indian Premier League last runner-up Kolkata Knight Riders After suffering crushing defeats in two consecutive matches, their confidence is shaken. Shreyas Iyer When the KKR team captained Rajasthan Royals If she takes the field against him, then she will try to bring her campaign back on track.

to Kolkata Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad had defeated in the last two matches by 44 runs and seven wickets respectively. The team has played six matches so far in which it had to face another defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team remained in the middle of the points table with three wins. KKR started the season on a grand note winning three matches in the opening four but the team slipped below the top four spot in the points table after two consecutive losses.

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KKR need improvement in batting and bowling

The team will have to improve both batting and bowling to get back on the winning track. Except Andre Russell, no batsman has been able to perform consistently. Russell is the current top scorer for KKR with 179 runs in six matches and has taken five wickets with the ball. Captain Shreyas Iyer has been able to score only 151 runs in six matches with a half-century. Apart from them, there has been a lack of consistency in the performance of Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer. Sam Billings is struggling to score runs.

In the bowling department, no one has lived up to the expectations except fast bowler Umesh Yadav (10 wickets in 6 matches). Chakraborty, who was the highest wicket-taker for KKR last season, is struggling with just four wickets in six matches. Same is the case with Sunil Narayan. Australia’s Test captain Cummins has taken three wickets in three matches during this period and he would also like to improve his figures.

Rajasthan Royals are the contenders for victory

On the other hand, the team of Rajasthan will start this match as a contender for victory. Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal are included in the list of highest run-scorers and wicket-takers in the current tournament.

Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 12 wickets

Chahal is in great shape with 12 wickets in five matches. He has given average runs of only 6.80 during this period. The pace of the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin is a matter of concern. He has taken just one wicket in five matches. In fast bowling, New Zealand’s Trent Boult (7 wickets in 4 matches) has been well supported by other bowlers of the team.

The batting revolves around Butler (272 runs with a century and two half-centuries) and Shimron Hetmyer (197 runs with the help of a half-century). The team, however, will hope to find the rhythm of skipper Sanju Samson, the highly-talented Devdutt Paddikal.

The teams are as follows:

Rajasthan Royals:

Sanju Samson (Captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prashant Krishna, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Karun Nair, Recy van der Dusen, Jimmy Neesham, Persuasion Singh, Daryl Mitchell, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Kuldeep Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka and KC Cariappa.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Aaron Finch, Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy , Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.

Tags: IPL, IPL 2022, KKR, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sanju Samson, Shreyas iyer

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