IPL 2020, KKR vs RR: Preview, Dream11 and stats
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match number 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. RR have climbed to fifth after earning two massive wins and need another victory to remain alive. Meanwhile, KKR need several things to go their way after falling behind the pecking order. Here we present the match preview.
What happened in the previous meeting this season?
In the previous encounter between the two teams this season, KKR won by 37 runs. KKR piled up a competitive 174/6 in 20 overs. Shubman Gill (47) and Eoin Morgan (34) played sensibly for the Knights. Jofra Archer (2/18) was superb with the ball. In reply, RR could only manage 137/9. Tom Curran's unbeaten 54 wasn't enough.
Can KKR stop RR's carnage?
KKR, who were in the top four for most part of the IPL 2020 season, lost their way in the business end of the campaign. The batting is an issue and one isn't sure of the order. KKR need everyone to step up and notch a big win. RR have peaked and their batting looks solid. They will target another massive victory here.
A look at the probable XI of both teams
KKR - Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy. RR - Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajpoot.
Dream11 team prediction, timing, TV listing and venue
Dream11 team prediction: Ben Stokes (c), Shubman Gill (vc), Eoin Morgan, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Gopal, Lockie Ferguson, Jofra Archer, Varun Chakravarthy. The match is set to start at 7:30 PM IST on Sunday. One can watch it live on the Star Sports Network, besides streaming the same on Hotstar (paid subscription). Venue: Dubai.
A look at the key stats and head-to-head record
Sanju Samson is 26 shy of becoming the first RR player to amass 400 runs this season (374). Steve Smith (2,329) requires six runs to get past legend Sachin Tendulkar's IPL tally (2,334). Jos Buttler (1,679) needs nine runs to surpass Kumar Sangakkara (1,687). Eoin Morgan is one shy of amassing 100 IPL fours (99). Head-to-head record: Matches KKR 11, RR 10, N/R 1.