Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 30th Match – Live Cricket Score, Commentary.
Kolkata have only won two games out of their last five matches and will hope to regain their momentum. The spin-twins of Rajasthan have been in top form and have managed to strangle the opposition in the middle-overs. This time though the task won’t be easy against a side filled with power-hitters. Which team will extend their gap with 2 points? We shall find out soon, as the toss is not far away.
Hello and a warm welcome to all! It is now time for game number 30 which sees a contest between Rajasthan and Kolkata. Both teams are sailing on the same boat at this point, with 6 points each and both looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a defeat in their previous fixture. This game should be no less than a cracker.
6.32pm … MATCH DAY …
It’s the start of a fresh week, and new hope for many teams in this edition of the Indian T20 League. One such team is Kolkata which has slipped in the pecking order of late, and to resur‐ rect their campaign, they will be locking horns with Rajasthan in Match 30.
Twenty20 is a format known to favour the batters but the importance of bowling cannot be ignored. More often than not, the matches that have been dominated by the batters get decided by one-two excellent overs, and that’s the reason every team needs brilliance in that department. Let’s cut to the chase.
Kolkata are lacking brilliance in that aspect of their game and that’s the reason for their recent slump. Despite having bowlers of the calibre of Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakaravarthy, they have failed to gain the kind of control needed to stifle the opposition. They’re yet to figure out their strongest formula in the bowling group and might tinker with their combination to bring more potency.
There are no such issues with their batting that has got a lot of muscle power but getting consistent is a continuous process and Kolkata would be aiming for the same. Rajasthan, on the other hand, have also lost a couple of games out of the five played this season but as a team, they are looking pretty settled.
Their batting has a lot of firepower with Jos Buttler leading the pack up‐ front and Shimron Hetmyer injecting impetus whenever required. Rajasthan’s bowling unit can be considered one of the best this season with Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna powering the pace de‐ partment and Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal offering incredible quality to the spin sec‐ tion.
The absence of Boult was felt in the last game and it will be a big blow to them if the Kiwi fails to get fit in time. All in all, Rajasthan are placed better than Kolkata in terms of the team combina‐ tion and can be considered as favourites. Can the 2-time champions avoid a hat-trick of defeats?
Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 18, 07:30 PM LOCAL
What to expect: Run-chases at the Brabourne Stadium have been quite comfortable, with plenty of runs coming in them. The wickets have been such that have supported run-scoring, but with dew coming into the picture, teams will be inclined towards chasing, following the trend in the tournament.
Head to head: Kolkata marginally lead the head-to-head tally between the sides 13-11. However, since 2018, it has been skewed in favour of KKR, who have won 7 games of their 9 clashes.
One of the oldest stadiums of India, it was established in 1937, this stadium seems to have lost its splendour now except for an occasional first class match that is played here. This ground is not as big as compared to other grounds in Mumbai with a capacity of 20000.
The stadium was built on a piece of land which Lord Brabourne, the then Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being tempted with an offer of immortality in the bargain. It was officially opened on December 7 1937 and hosted its first test from December 9-13, 1948 between India and the West Indies. Designed by Neville de Mello, he wanted this ground to be the Lords of India. One day cricket was brought to this ground in 1989 when Australia played Pakistan.
After it was built, the Pentangular shifted here from the Bombay Gymkhana in 1937-38 and it was here that Vijay Merchant – Vijay Hazare rivalry was played out. When Wankhede was built, this ground completely lost its charm, until India played Australia in a T20 match in 2007.
Tactics & Matchups: Ashwin and Chahal have the wood over Aaron Finch and Nitish Rana. Ashwin may be given a go in the powerplay, while holding Chahal back for when Rana comes to the middle, with the legspinner getting the middle-order batter 4 times. Rana averages just 14 against Chahal, striking at 109.80. They would hope Trent Boult is fit to play and makes his way back into the XI in place of James Neesham.
Probable XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders
Tactics & Matchups: Given the ominous form Jos Buttler has been this season, and given their spin twins’ record against the RR ‘keeper-bat in T20 cricket with 5 dismissals between them, may prompt them to have spin from one end in the powerplay. Against Chakravarthy, Buttler has only scored 12 runs in 8 balls, and has been dismissed twice. Samson, meanwhile, has fallen thrice to Umesh and Narine, striking at 79.67 and averaging 15.67 against the West Indian offspinner. KKR may also push Shreyas Iyer down the order to negate the Chahal threat in the middle overs.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Aman Hakim Khan, Varun Chakravarthy
Did you know?
Since 2020, Trent Boult has returned 78 wickets in 58 games, averaging 21.71 with an economy rate of 7.69.
After scores of 55 & 30 to start the season, Samson has scored 32 runs in the next 3 innings.
Andre Russell has the highest strike rate for anyone with over 1500 IPL runs. He strikes at 178.61 with 1879 runs.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Karun Nair, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anunay Singh, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer(c), Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Aman Hakim Khan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Tim Southee, Sam Billings, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar, Harshit Rana