Match 12 of the Indian Premier League 2020 will see Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. it will be the first game for both the teams in Dubai. While KKR have played both their games in Abu Dhabi, the Royals have played both of them in Sharjah.
On a new wicket in Dubai, RR vs KKR is expected to be a close contest. More about the Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders- Match Preview below. Dubai has been a high-scoring ground in this IPL season so far, with scores of 200 being posted and chased comfortably. Another high-scoring contest is anticipated on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad after going down against Mumbai Indians in their campaign opener. They made necessary changes to the squad and their replacements delivered for the team. Varun Chakravarty took the big wicket of David Warner, while Kamlesh Nagarkoti looked athletic and agile with the ball and in the field. KR would breathe a sigh of relief after seeing Pat Cummins back in form against SRH. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow and ended with just 19 runs from his spell.
With the bat, Shubman Gill rose to the occasion as he played a matured innings to take his team home. Eoin Morgan got back to his normal run-scoring form as well as he scored an unbeaten 42. Nitish Rana too played a good knock of 26 in the last match as well.
Heading into the KKR vs RR contest, the KKR batting looks solid and their bowling looks balanced with the necessary changes that they made to their playing XI. Andre Russell wasn’t even required with the bat for Kolkata. However, he continues to be an important player for the side as he did his job with the ball.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their performance in their last game against KXIP Punjab. They pulled off the highest-run chase ever in IPL history from an impossible position, courtesy Rahul Tewatia’s brilliance. Steve Smith and Sanju Samson continue to be the batting mainstays for the side. They won two out of two and the KKR vs RR contest is also expected to be a run-fest.
The Royals bowling attack continues to be the weak link as they have for runs in both their games. Apar from Jofra Archer, none of the other pacers are getting into the groove to pick up wickets. This puts extra pressure on their spinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia to deliver. However, that they have won two high-scoring encounters, keeps them slightly ahead in this KKR vs RR contest.
Head to Head
Out of the 21 games played between both sides, each team has won 10 each with one of them being a no-result. However, in the last five matches between the two teams, KKR have had the wood over their opponents winning four of them.
Weather And Pitch Conditions
Dubai in all likelihood will dish out another hot and humid day in the KKR vs RR encounter. So far all the games played at the venue have been high-scoring ones with scores of 200 posted twice and the par score being anything between 150 to 170.
With batsmen from both sides in form, we can expect another high-scoring match in this KKR vs RR contest. What will be intriguing to see is what will the captain who will win the toss choose to do. With dew being a deciding factor will they be brave enough to bowl second.
Sunil Narine has not performed in the last two matches with the bat for KKR. With the team finding a balance in the last match, he might be the only player replaced with Tom Banton, who is waiting for his chance. However, if they do this, they will miss his prowess with the ball.
Meanwhile, for Rajasthan Royals, Riyan Parag and Robin Uthappa haven’t found form. It will be interesting to see if the Royals would want to break the winning squad heading into the KKR vs RR contest.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Andre Russell, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Chris Green, Eoin Morgan, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Praveen Tambe, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy
Steve Smith (C), Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Anuj Rawat, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Oshane Thomas, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, Yashasvi Jaiswal
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