IPL 2018: Eliminator, KKR vs RR: Kolkata banking on home advantage against Rajasthan

The loser of this game will be knocked out from the tournament.

Rajasthan lost the last time they played against KKR. (IANS)

Rajasthan Royals face a stiff test against Kolkata Knight Riders when they take the latter on the Eliminator tonight. The IPL campaign will come to an end for the loser while the winner will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier. 

Both teams are coming into this game on the back of good wins which will boost their confidence. While KKR beat Sunrisers in their last game, Rajasthan got over RCB. 

The onus will once again be on the respective captains to lead their teams to victory. The last time Rajasthan played in Kolkata, Kuldeep Yadav wrecked through their batting line up. This game too will be played on the similar lines one expects. Banking on home advantage, KKR would look to pose a threat with their spinners. Rajasthan too will hope that their spinners in Shreyas Gopal and Ish Sodhi can come to the party. 

With no Stokes and Buttler in the lineup, Ajinkya Rahane will be expected to do the scoring for the Royals. Another key player will be Sanju Samson. Rahul Tripathi too is coming off a good score against RCB and will be expected to keep the form going. 

KKR whether they bat first or chase, their batting line up will revolve around Dineh Karthik's presence in the middle with Lynn and Narine powering them at the start. 

All said and done we are in for an exciting contest in tonight's clash with a spot in the IPL finale at stake. 


Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field

Playing XI 

KKR: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Javon Searles, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill

RR: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Stuart Binny, Ben Laughlin, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Jofra Archer


By Anshuman Roy - 23 May, 2018

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