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KKR vs RR: 49th match (N), Indian Premier League at Kolkata, May 15 2018

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With Chennai Super Kings joining Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs and Delhi Daredevils being eliminated, five other teams are in a dogfight for the remaining two spots. Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals are part of this mid-table muddle, having won six of their 12 matches. In all, two points separate teams No. 3 to 7. So, a loss could mean falling behind quickly, making Tuesday's clash at Eden Gardens that much more enticing.

 

After the run-fest in Indore, KKR return to home comforts with a more balanced team. Javon Searles conceded 52 for only one wicket in four overs on IPL debut on a flat pitch at a small ground, but he showed promise with his skiddy pace and first-ball six over long-on. Moreover, given his reputation as a big-hitter in the West Indies cricket circles, he could be used as a floater. Neither Tom Curran, who lacks experience at the top level, nor Mitchell Johnson, who is perhaps past his prime, gave KKR this luxury.

 

However, the spotlight will be on the spinners at Eden Gardens. The slow bowlers have taken 36 wickets in 10 innings an economy rate of 8 here, while the seamers have picked up four wickets fewer at a higher economy rate of 9.2. Royals' spinners don't quite have the pedigree of KKR's, and they will be further depleted if Ish Sodhi isn't fit.

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8048/preview/1136609/kolkata-knight-riders-vs-rajasthan-royals-49th-match-ipl

 

KKR should play only three overseas. Bring in Mavi who is fit for Searles. No necessity to play 4th overseas if they are poor.  Curran, Johnson both have been poor.  Curran was anyway a poor choice to pick. Should have picked Morkel.

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2 hours ago, vvvslaxman said:

KKR is going to crush RR.

Come on sweethearts, Eden is not Royal's home ground,i do not think jos B also successful third time, so soon.I predicts Kkr win with Sunil N.MoM

 

Probably  A.Short  (RR) too, plunder runs in power play as ball came to bats well at Eden always.KKR doing good plus winning games while batting first, their Dynamic captain capable of any score sets up.

 

Frankly speaking, I am Afraid of Jofra Archer, who can ruins any batsman's Dream with his fast and Accurate spell of 4 overs.who starts  late in seasons 11, Already got 13 odd wickets.

 

 

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Just now, Straight Drive said:

Poor from DK. Cant bowl uncapped bowlers against international T20 superstars of class of Buttler. Should have started with superstar narine.

Nothing wrong there. Good bowlers come out well. Everyone wanted Mavi before the match. If he is still good he can come back

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7 minutes ago, vvvslaxman said:

Butler happened. But for him they would have been out already

So there season is done. This is his last game. RR will be disaster side without buttler/stokes

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