IPL 2018 Eliminator 1 Playoffs 23 May: KKR Vs RR Match Prediction, Playing 11, News, Pre-Match Analysis and

IPL 2018 Eliminator 1 Playoffs 23 May: KKR Vs RR Match Prediction, Playing 11, News, Pre-Match Analysis and

The Eliminator of IPL 2018 is here, now the turn of Kolkata Knights Vs Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 23th May. Who will see the door and who will move to Qualifier 1 to face Sunrisers Hyderabad for a spot in the final against CSK. All that alongside predicted playing XI, team news, pre-match analysis, team news and match predictions.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Playing an eliminator at the Eden Gardens would have been KKR’s dream and they have finally got it and will face RR. KKR has been on the rise since their sudden blip mid-tournament, and will look to carry forward the momentum. The pitch and the toss will be a deciding factor as RR isn’t known to be a team to chase down big totals, and given KKR negates Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal and post anything around 160-170 it will get hard for RR even with the dew settling in.

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Betting Line-up

Uthappa has got into the act at last but there needs to be more from him. Dinesh Karthik is playing those unnoticeable, yet vital knocks and Chris Lynn has finally grown into the Indian conditions. Narine would be a trump card. Shubhman Gill has been off the boil a bit but Andre Dwayne Russell has settled into his rhythm yet again.

Bowling Line-up

The bowling needs to fire, and they have been really good in the death overs especially Prasidh Krishna who scalped 4 wickets against RR a week ago. Piyush Chawla has been economical, but Kuldeep Yadav is spinning a web around the batters and it is a pretty sight. Javon Searles may not feature in this match and KKR may go with veteran Johnson for this.

Key Players to watch

The key will be Narine and Lynn at the start and DK and Russ at the end. The bowling department will be headed by Narine and Kuldeep Yadav. The 4 overs from Krishna will also be decisive.

Predicted Playing XI

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubhman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mitchell Johnson

Rajasthan Royals

RR has ridden their luck on to their way to the playoffs, and Buttler’s heroics followed with Gopal and Sodhi show against RCB has exposed one dreadful fact that they rely on individual brilliance. Against a resurgent KKR side in front of a roaring Kolkata crowd, RR will have their task cut out from ball one. Ajinkya Rahane is getting into the captaincy groove, but needs to win the toss and post a big score, else chasing would be a tough ask. The inclusion of Klassen would be a turning point with the South African scoring a quickfire 32 and was excellent behind the stumps.

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Betting Line-up

Jinx and Tripathi will hold the key, but RR could use Gowtham at the top instead of Archer as he is a trusted deputy and has been in excellent form with the bat. Sanju Samson has been peripheral since mid-May and needs to get into the thick of things because it gets too late.

Bowling Line-up

Shreyas Gopal and Ish Sodhi will relish bowling on the Eden Gardens wicket, and both will carry their team and decide the game in their 8 overs. Unadkat has been disappointing, but Jinx and Warne’s faith in him may come back to haunt them. Kulkarni is an option on the bench as well. Archer has been leaking runs and has shown his inexperience.

Key Players to watch

The key player would be Klassen and Tripathi with the bat. However, their strength lies with Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal.

Predicted Playing XI

Heinrich Klassen, Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni/Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Team Head to Head

Overall: Matches – 17

Kolkata Knight Riders won – 8

Rajasthan Royals won – 9

Where to Get IPL Match Tickets of this match?

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RR VS CSK Eliminator IPL 2018: Where to watch/Live streaming?

TV channels: Star Sports, Willow TV, SuperSport, Sky Sports, Channel 9, Fox Sports, Geo Super, BeIN Sport

Live streaming: Hotstar, Sky Go, Yupp TV, SuperSport.

Match Prediction: Who Will Win KKR Vs RR 23 May Match?

The game will be decided on the toss winner, but given the home conditions and RR’s reliance on individual brilliance will give KKR a significant edge. According to our match analysis, KKR is favorites to win this match because first,  Kolkata will be having their home advantage at Eden Gardens. Second, KKR has also won their last two matches against RR this season at Eden Gardens including a big six-wicket win. Another factor behind KKR’s more chance of winning this eliminator match is, Rajasthan Royals will be playing without scoring batter Jos Butler and all-rounder Ben Stokes as they’ve been called by England for the test match against Pakistan. We think this will impact the Royals game a lot. 

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What Next?

The winner of this match will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on May 25 to enter into the final of VIVO IPL 2018. The losing team will be officially out from the IPL 2018 season.

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