KKR vs RR: The new week for the TATA IPL 2022 will start with a blockbuster between the two powerhouses of the IPL. It is a clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. The match will take place at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 pm. Both teams are coming off losses in their previous matches, so they will look to win this one.
Shreyas Iyer and his team are running through a nightmare. They have now lost their last five matches on the trot. To stay in contention, they have to win the match. On the other hand, RR lost their last match to MI but are in a good position to qualify for the playoffs. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
KKR vs RR: Match Preview and Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders
The reason that many were considering them as a contender for this season’s trophy was that they won three matches out of their first four. But then the Men in Gold and Purple failed, and failed miserably. As a result, they are on a losing streak of five matches. That has forced them out of the competition. KKR has five matches left, and they must win all those matches to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
But the biggest issue with them is that they haven’t found the right combination till now. They are the only team that has made more changes in the playing XI this season. Another issue is the death bowling and spinner. So they will have only one last chance to do something, or else it will be the end of the road for them.
Probably XI: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (Wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Aman Khan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
RR has already won six matches out of nine and is sitting comfortably in third place. They lost their last match to MI, but there are still many options open to them. In the remaining five matches, they need two wins, and with the form they are in, those are looking like formalities. Jos Buttler has already set the competition on fire and Chahal is also doing the same with the ball in hand.
The team has got everything to be a champion this season and is also playing like that. RR just needs to focus on one game at a time, and they have got all the ingredients to be this season’s champions. The playing XI will be the same as in the last match against MI.
Probably XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (C & Wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
KKR vs RR Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at Wankhede is always good for the pace bowlers at the start. Overall, it is a complete batting surface. Batsmen can play their shots on the up without thinking about any uneven bounce. The average score at this pitch is 180. The toss becomes crucial in the T20 game, as winning the toss will give an extra edge. The team winning the toss should field first, as chasing will be easier than batting first. The team batting second has won five out of eight matches on this pitch this season.
KKR vs RR: Head to Head
Both teams have met a total of 26 times in the history of the IPL. But KKR is just marginally ahead in terms of wins. So far, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 13 matches, as compared to RR’s 12 wins, and one match ended with no result. But in the last five outings, RR has won all four matches.
IPL 2022: KKR vs RR: Players to watch out for
Jos Buttler is at the top of the run-scorers list and has the “Orange Cap” with him. The RR opener has been miles ahead of its competitors this season. He has scored 556 runs in nine matches, including three centuries and three half-centuries. He scored 103 runs in the last match both teams played.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been at his absolute best this season. The veteran leg-spinner is redefining the art of leg-spin throughout this season. So far, Chahal has picked up 19 wickets, including the hat-trick, that too against KKR in their last match.
Shreyas Iyer is the best batter for the Kolkata-based franchise this season. The KKR skipper has scored runs in difficult situations for them. He holds the key to KKR’s batting line-up. Shreyas has 290 runs in nine matches this season at an average and strike rate of 36.25 and 137.43, respectively.
Tim Southee is getting the ball to talk whenever he bowls this season. He has got very limited opportunities, but he has overshadowed the Australian red-ball skipper, Pat Cummins. Southee has taken eight wickets in just four matches at an average and economy rate of 13.87 and 6.93, respectively.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler (KKR), Sanju Samson (KKR)
Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR), Devdutt Padikkal (RR)
All-rounders: Sunil Narine (KKR), Andre Russell (KKR)
Bowlers: Tim Southee (KKR), Umesh Yadav (KKR) Yuzi Chahal (RR), Kuldeep Sen (RR)
Tips: Jos Buttler will be the captain of the team. David Warner will be the vice-captain. Both teams have good batting depth, but MI will be without any pressure to lose that might come in their favor. So we will back the Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.