The race for the top four in the Indian Premier League 2023 had heated up. The 56th game between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals will be crucial for both teams, who are tied on 10 points. To keep their hopes alive, KKR defeated Punjab Kings in their last game. The Royals lost a game they should have won against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the previous two seasons, both teams had a strong rivalry, with two wins each in four games. The Royals’ top order is in excellent form, which adds to the team’s confidence. KKR’s bowlers have struggled in the majority of the team’s games, so this will be a difficult challenge for them. They play at home and will try to take advantage of the conditions.
The 56th Match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on May 11th, 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, 56th Match, Indian Premier League 2023
Date: May 11, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Nitish Rana’s side defeated the Punjab Kings by five wickets to keep their playoff hopes alive. In a game where the balance was constantly shifting, KKR held their nerve to win on the last ball. They’ve had a tough rivalry with Rajasthan, and Rana wants his players to be on their toes. They must win this game in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy have done well in a few games, and the site will need them to get off to a good start. Venkatesh Iyer has been a reliable middle-order batsman, but he needs to form partnerships with Nitish Rana and Andre Russell. The side bats deep, and they can expect runs from the lower middle order’s Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, and Shardul Thakur.
The bowling attack, which had struggled all season, performed admirably in the final game. As the RR top order has been in murderous form, Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana must bowl tight spells. Their spinners will play an important role here, and the team will be looking for Narine, Varun Chakaravarthy, and Suyash Sharma to put on a good performance. Russell and Nitish Rana bolster this attack’s depth.
Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N. Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Shakib Al Hasan
Players to watch out for:
The English opener is one of the tournament’s most aggressive openers this year. In his innings against the Punjab Kings, he hit eight fours.
The Kolkata Knight Riders captain hit a half-century on Monday and has scored 326 runs this season.
The spinner has improved significantly since last year’s IPL and recently dismissed Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, and Rishi Dhawan.
Possible Playing XI:
Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jason Roy (Impact Player)
Sanju Samson was at a loss for words after the previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, which they lost by four wickets. They had the game in hand only to blow it with rash bowling in the final overs. The team comes in with three straight losses and must beat its way back to form. Sampson will be looking for a better performance from his bowlers in this game.
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal are in fine form and will look to get the game off to a good start. They’ll need runs from Sampson, Joe Root, and Dhruv Jurel in the middle order. Shimron Hetmyer has performed admirably in the lower middle order and will look to add quick runs alongside Ravichandran Ashwin.
The bowling attack must rebound from their disastrous performance against the Sunrisers. Sandeep Sharma and Kuldip Yadav must bowl good spells early on, as KKR has batting firepower. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal face difficult opponents and must deliver. Murugan Ashwin and Obed McCoy will need to put on a strong supporting performance.
Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul P A, Joe Root
Players to watch out for:
With 103 half-centuries and a strike rate of 160.60 in the tournament, the left-handed opener has been very impressive.
The right-handed English opener returned to form in the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he has four half-centuries this season.
Only five players have taken more wickets this season than the spinner. He is the only player in the IPL 2023 to have two four-wicket hauls.
Possible Playing XI:
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Sandeep Sharma, Kuldip Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy (Impact Player)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Batsmen Worth Watching
Our batting picks for the Kolkata Knight Riders are Jason Roy, Nitish Rana, and Rinku Singh. Singh scored 21 runs off 10 balls in the previous game and has 337 runs in the competition so far. Rana has a best T20 score of 107 and a total of 4188 runs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson are our batsmen picks for the Rajasthan Royals. Jaiswal’s previous best IPL return was 258 before this season, but he has already hit 477 this year. Samson has been consistent this season, hitting over 300 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Bowlers Worth Watching
Harshit Rana, Andre Russell, and Varun Chakravarthy are our bowling picks for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Russell took 3-22 here earlier in the season. In the previous match, Rana, a young pace bowler, dismissed Prabhsimran Singh and Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Our bowling recommendations for the Rajasthan Royals are Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Trent Boult. Only three players have taken more wickets this season than Chahal, who finished as the top wicket taker in the 2022 IPL. Because of the overhead conditions, Boult should get plenty of swings early in this game.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head
The teams have been evenly matched throughout the IPL’s history, with the Kolkata Knight Riders leading the series by only two games. They are meeting for the first time in this year’s tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head Stats in IPL
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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction
At this venue, teams have won more games chasing scores than setting them. The sides chasing the scores have won the last two games. As a result, we expect the team that wins the toss to bowl first and limit the opponents to a low total.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Pitch Report
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is one of India’s largest grounds with extensive boundaries. The flat wicket allows batsmen to play their strokes. In the early overs of the game, this ground provides some assistance to fast bowlers. Spinners thrive because the deep boundaries provide them with extra protection as they experiment with their speed and length.
On May 11, the skies over Kolkata will be clear. As we’ve seen in previous games, the wicket will be a beast. Batsmen can easily score runs by hitting on the up. Bowlers must get their lines correct in order to perform well. To be confident, the team batting first will need to score 180 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Prediction
To win games, the Kolkata Knight Riders have relied on their power hitters. Their offense has been the most inconsistent of the season, causing problems in the majority of games. The bowlers must perform admirably as they face a batting powerhouse. The Rajasthan Royals are in great form with the bat, which has always been their strong suit. They have an advantage because they have two quality spinners on the side. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.92.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Jos Buttler scored 95 runs off 59 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he is our pick for the Rajasthan Royals’ highest run scorer in this match.