KKR vs RR 25th April 2019 Match Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

KKR vs RR 25th April 2019 Match Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

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The big hitters!

Its match number 43 of the VIVO IPL 2019. Eden Gardens will play host to the Knights taking on the Rajasthan Royals. Both teams are struggling mid way into the 2019 IPL with Rajasthan currently at the bottom of the table. Kolkata are not in a good shape either with five consecutive losses hurting their qualifier chances badly. Any more slip ups will be fatal for both the sides especially at this stage of the tournament. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR started off IPL 2019 looking to recapture the trophy, but halfway through the tournament, the Knights have taken a beating and are currently at the sixth position. What’s worse is that they have lost five matches in a row. The entire team looks pretty inconsistent with failures all around. The opening pair of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been very inconsistent this tournament. Andre Russell provided the big hitting fire power in the first three or four matches but the West Indian seems to have subdued in the last few innings. In their last match against SRH, the middle order crumbled providing no support, with new comer Rinku Singh’s careful innings helping them go past 150. Against an equally struggling RR, Karthik, Gill and Lynn will need to be at their best.

The bowling unit has also been pretty much ineffective for Kolkata. The spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine have been below par. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav was entirely dropped in the last match in favour of KC Cariappa. KKR will have a lot on their hands when facing the likes of Steve Smith, Ajinkiya Rahane and Ben Stokes. Prasidh Krishna is expected to make it into the playing XI for this match. On the slow Eden pitch, KKR sure do have the upper hand when it comes to the bowling attack.

Andre Russell is still a major threat to any team. Narine and Chris Lynn will prove to be useful in the opening innings. Chawla, Krishna and Gurney will have to lead the bowling.

Predicted XI

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna.

Rajasthan Royals

RR will be looking for a win badly. Royals are at the bottom of the table and will need to cash in on every opportunity for a win. Much like their counterparts, the middle order of RR has failed barring skipper Steve Smith. Rahane seems to have recovered his form after a brilliant hundred in the last match. But apart from these two, none of the other batsmen seems to fire for Rajasthan. Players like Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Ashton turner will have to step up their game if RR hopes to win this match. Stokes has been poor in this tournament and RR desperately need him to come back to form.

Rajasthan have much bigger headaches in the bowling area. Experienced bowlers like Dhawal Kulkarni and Unadkat will need to perform better. Jofra Archer sure does pack a punch but a dip in form is quite worrisome for the Royals. Shreyas Gopal has been the best bowler of RR so far and his troublesome off spin is sure to cause KKR problems.

Steve Smith and Ajinkiya Rahane are the main dual threat to KKR bowling. Shreyas Gopal and Dhawal Kulkarni will be vital to disrupt the KKR batting line up.

Predicted XI

Steve Smith, Ajinkiya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    This will be an intense battle between the two teams. It will come down to who bowls better. Expect KKR to edge this one out on a thriller!

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