IPL 8 Match 54 Preview
IPL Prediction for KKR vs RR Match
KKR and RR face in a winner take all match
Match No 54: KKR v RR
Date and Venue: 16th May 2015, Mumbai
Head to Head: Played 15 KKR 7 RR 7 NR 1
Kolkata and Rajasthan are the teams which one would expect to reach the playoffs on the back of the start to the tournament these two had. Yet here we are in the 54th match of the tournament and scenario is such that only one of these two will go into the top four.
This makes the match between these two teams a knockout match and both teams will be fired up to grab that spot in the top four. Their first match was washed out at Kolkata and this will be first time will these two teams will face each other in this season.
Rajasthan has got into a position where they need to win their last match to qualify after winning their first five matches. If they look back at their journey it was probably their bowling which let them down as they lacked a bowler who had the experience to stem the flow of runs in a high pressure game. Watson as a bowler proved ineffective as he was plundered around the park whenever he came onto bowl.
Their genuine all rounder, James Faulkner, has not been in best of the form with the bat and ball but they need to back him at this stage of the tournament. Batting has looked a lot better since Sanju Samson has started scoring runs and has been trusted with the job of hitting down the order.
With the deep batting line up they have if they could restrict the opposition to a decent score they will have a great chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Kolkata was the one team who were looking deadly in this tournament and yet here they are in a situation where they need a win in the last game. If we look back at their performances they are one team which has done more things right than wrong.
Their bowling and batting is in great form and will be backing themselves with this line up to reach the playoffs. But when it is matter of a game anything can happen. The batting line up was bolstered by the return of Shakib Al Hasan who played a good knock against Mumbai Indians but could not get his team over the line.
Yusuf Pathan has been in good form for them as he made 52 runs but did not get enough from the other end. The bowling line up did well for most of the match but faltered at the back end of the innings. Umesh Yadav had an off day as he went for 37 runs in the 3 over he bowled.
Team News for KKR vs RR
Rajasthan Royals is expected to be unchanged for the match.
Rajasthan Royals (probable XI): 1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Shane Watson 3. Steve Smith 4. Karun Nair 5. Sanju Samson 6. Deepak Hooda 7. James Faulkner 8. Rajat Bhatia 9. Chris Morris 10. Dhawal Kulkarni 11. Pravin Tambe
Kolkata Knight Riders too should go in unchanged.
Kolkata Knight Riders (probable XI): 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Robin Uthappa 3. Manish Pandey 4. Yusuf Pathan 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Andre Russell 7. Surya Kumar Yadav 8. Sunil Narine 9. Piyush Chawla 10. Morne Morkel 11. Umesh yadav
The Pitch Report for KKR vs RR
Match is to be played at Brabourne Stadium Mumbai and as at Wankhede it is expected to be a good pitch to bat on. We expect a high scoring game.
KKR vs RR Prediction and Odds
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