Saturday 31 October 2020

IPL: Dinesh Karthik & co. face in-form Rajasthan Royals

Against KKR, RR look like a heavy competition. But Royals’ bowling line-up has not been impressive so far this season and KKR need to exploit this factor

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Welcome to Match 12 of Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 where RR will square off against KKR at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 30 September.

In the next game, the Steve Smith’s side looked completely shattered by Kings XI Punjab’s batting line-up. But then Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia emerged as heroes for the franchise to pick up a record-breaking win. Now, Kolkata Knight Riders will face the Royals, who are already looking like one of the favourites to win the title this year.

RR have been on an absolute roll with the bat in IPL 2020, and remain the only side who has hammered scores of 200+ twice in a row and emerged triumphant as many times. In their first game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), batting first, RR scored 216 and beat CSK by 16 runs. In their second game, RR, needing 224 runs to win, they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), pulling off the highest successful run-chase in IPL history.

Royals’ strength lies in their strong batting line-up at the top of the order. Jos Buttler and Steve Smith can be as dangerous as any other this season, and Sanju Samson has already shown what he can do. Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia and David Miller form a solid middle-order and Jofra Archer and Riyan Parag down the order for late flourishes.

Against KKR, RR look like a heavy competition. But Royals’ bowling line-up has not been impressive so far this season and KKR need to exploit this factor. KKR may think about not using Sunil Narine as an opener against Royals and bring Rahul Tripathi into the team.

Tripathi is an experienced customer and has played for Royals in the past. He can prove to be a perfect spoil to Shubman Gill on the other end, and the two can give KKR a good start against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Ankit Rajpoot.

Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik can finish the job in the late overs. KKR need to target Royal’s bowlers and go with a solid batting line-up to give themselves of beating the team to beat.

Head to Head:

Having won 10 games each against each other, nothing separates these two sides in terms of their head-to-head record. While KKR currently enjoy a better record (4-1) when one looks at the last five games these two sides have played, RR have come out on top in these two teams’ last meeting.  As both the teams target to go one up, here are the players who could make a difference.

PlayedWon by KKRWon by RRTieNo Result
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Stats

  • RR at this venue: Played 1, Lost 1
  • KKR at this venue: Played 1, Lost 1

Probable Playing XIs

RR: Steven Smith (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat.

KKR: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C/wk), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

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Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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