The Rajasthan Royals will face the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 30th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. KKR suffered a crushing defeat to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, their second consecutive defeat in the tournament. The Royals, too, had a poor performance against the Gujarat Titans, which will be a source of concern for the team.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been inconsistent in the batting department, and their bowling attack has also been subpar. This would be a concern for the team going into this game against a tough opponent. The winner of this game will be in a better position for the remainder of the tournament, and we should have a good game on our hands.
The 30th match between Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place on April 18th, 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 30th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 18, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Team Previews
Sanju Samson’s team was defeated by the Gujarat Titans by a score of 37 runs in their most recent game. They lost the plot in the death overs, giving up nearly 60 runs in the last five overs. They are currently second in the points table, and a win in this game would propel them to the top.
Jos Buttler has been in excellent form, but the team would like to see more consistency from their other opener, Devdutt Padikkal. Rassie van der Dussen, Sanju Sampson, and Shimron Hetmyer are all powerful ball strikers who the team would like to see form partnerships with in this game. Riyan Parag, James Neesham, and Ravichandran Ashwin will have to contribute later in the order.
James Neesham and Prasidh Krishna must bowl tight spells with the new ball, as this was one of the major issues in the previous game. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin are key bowlers for the team, and they will be expected to bowl better spells in this game. Parag and Kuldeep Sen will need to improve their performances after allowing the Titans to put up a big score in the previous game.
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
Predicted XI: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Shreyas Iyer, the captain, would be concerned about the form of his bowlers. The bowling attack has been the cause of the team’s demise in two consecutive games. Sunrisers Hyderabad hammered their bowlers all over the park in their previous game, resulting in a 7-wicket loss. In this game against a strong batting lineup, the team’s bowlers must execute their strategies.
Venkatesh Iyer and Aaron Finch did not play in the previous game, and they will need to play well here. Shreyas Iyer, along with Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine, will have to lead the charge in the middle order. The team would welcome Andre Russell’s return to form, and he will need to deliver big hits down the order alongside Sheldon Jackson and Pat Cummins.
The bowling attack plays an important role in this game. Umesh Yadav has looked good, but the team desperately needs Pat Cummins to put on a better performance. Varun Chakravarthy isn’t in top form, and the team needs him to improve. Narine is bowling well, and the team would like to see Russell and Aman Hakim Khan bowl tighter spells.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Rasikh Salam, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar
Predicted XI: Shreyas Iyer (c), Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Aman Hakim Khan, Varun Chakaravarthy
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction
It is the track with the most runs in the tournament. Throughout the game, the wicket has been good for batting, and run chases have been simple. The team that wins the toss would prefer to chase the score, so they will most likely invite the opposing team to bat first in this game.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai has a flat track that allows batsmen to play their strokes freely. The ball comes off the bat nicely, and fast bowlers have generally struggled due to the lack of surface assistance. Spinners have had a better record because the wicket has a sharp turn.
On April 18, Mumbai is expected to have a hot and humid evening. This game is likely to be played on a flat track, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. Bowlers are likely to struggle on this surface. The team batting first is expected to score 200 runs.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Prediction
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been plagued by inconsistency with the bat and poor bowling. In the last two games, their bowling attack has been shredded. To win this game, they will have to put all of that behind them and put on a better performance. The Rajasthan Royals’ batting line-up is in good form, which puts them slightly ahead of the KKR in this game.
Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.80.
- RR opener Jos Buttler has made 272 runs in five games and is the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
- Rassie van der Dussen, Sanju Sampson, and Shimron Hetmyer lead RR’s strong middle order.
- KKR’s bowling has given up more than 10 runs per over in the last two games and appears to be in poor form.