KKR vs RR: Top of the table clash in the City of Joy in IPL 2024

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KKR vs RR: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has been a thrilling ride so far, and the upcoming match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) promises to be no different. The match is set to take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and it’s a crucial one, with both teams vying for the top spot.

KKR vs RR: Match Preview

KKR, currently ranked second, have had an impressive run this season, winning four out of their five matches. Their high-scoring batting line-up, led by Phil Salt, has been a significant factor in their success. Salt, who led the chase in their previous game against Lucknow Super Giants, has been in scintillating form. The team also boasts of ageless West Indian all-rounders, which gives their batters almost limitless freedom to play their shots.

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On the other hand, RR, currently holding the first position, have won five out of their six matches. They have been miserly with their bowling, boasting the best-combined economy rate in the IPL. Their attack, full of experience and guile, has consistently controlled each phase of a bowling innings. Keshav Maharaj, who scored 67 fantasy points in their last match against Punjab Kings, has been a key player for RR.

Interestingly, KKR are unbeaten at home this campaign, while RR are yet to lose a match on their travels. This sets the stage for an exciting clash between the two top teams of the IPL 2024.

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However, RR have dominated KKR in recent encounters, winning three out of their last five matches. This could play a psychological role in the upcoming match. But KKR, with their high-scoring prowess and home advantage, will be looking to turn the tables.

The match also sees the return of Sunil Narine, who has been a significant threat to opposition batters at Eden Gardens. His crafty bowling could prove pivotal in KKR’s quest to regain the top spot.

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KKR vs RR: Head-to-Head

KKR and RR have locked horns in 28 matches since their first meeting in 2008. The Knights are leading the Royals 14-13, while 1 game in 2015 was abandoned due to rain. At the Eden Gardens, KKR are leading RR 6-3. In their previous meeting, Rajasthan beat Kolkata by 9 wickets after Yashasvi Jaiswal hit the fastest fifty in IPL history.

KKR vs RR: Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be an excellent one for the batters. In both games at Eden Gardens, KKR have scored at a run rate of over 10. SRH nearly chased down 209 last month. Hence, the team batting first should look for a score of around 200 to be on the safer side. Bowlers will need to work hard, but Starc showed against Lucknow that batters can be restricted in the death overs with accurate lines and lengths in this KKR vs RR clash

KKR vs RR: Predicted XI

KKR Predicted XI: Philip Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy

Impact Player: Angkrish Raghuvanshi

RR Predicted XI: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Tanush Kotian, Keshav Maharaj, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Sen, Yuzvendra Chahal

Impact Player: Yashasvi Jaiswal

Also Read: KEVIN PIETERSEN IN AWE OF DINESH KARTHIK’S BATTING MASTERCLASS

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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