KKR enters the game after two consecutive losses.
Rajasthan Royals takes on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 30 of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium. Both teams have had an excellent start to the tournament, but have exposed some weaknesses in their last few games. Kolkata Knight Riders, in particular, have suffered consecutive defeats and their opening troubles continued despite taking down Ajinkya Rahane. Aaron Finch may get another chance at the top to prove his credentials, while Varun Chakravarthy will try to recover from the bad day he had.
On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals felt the absence of Trent Boult in the lineup with inexperienced Kuldeep Sen, which went for a lot. Rassie van der Dussen was again cheaply sacked and Yashasvi Jaiswal could take another look at the top of the order. Shimron Hetmyer has been a revelation to them in the middle-overs and the franchise will try to get back to winning ways in their upcoming encounter.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 30, IPL 2022
Event location: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Date Time: April 18, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The previous game at Brabourne Stadium saw the Lucknow Super Giants defend 199 in comfort against the Mumbai Indians. However, it was a daytime exposure and conditions may be different for the nighttime exposure, given the dew factor. The captain who wins the toss will bowl first as it will be difficult to predict what score would be competitive here.
Likely to play XIs for RR vs KKR
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders
Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Aman Khan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Likely top performers
Probably best hitter of the game: Andre Russell
Andre Russell has been fantastic for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season and has already played some groundbreaking innings. The right-hander has the ability to jerk off bowling strikes and he played a stunning knockout of unbeaten 49 off just 25 balls in the previous game to add to his superb form. KKR will try to release Russell after the half so he can start killing right away.
Probably best bowler of the match: Umesh Yadav
Despite not taking a wicket in his previous game, Umesh Yadav gave up just 31 from his four overs and proves to be a great asset with the new ball. The sides have struggled to outplay him in the power play as the ball swings, and KKR is reaping big rewards for it. The speedster will want to pick up a lot more wickets with the new ball, which can help his side considerably.
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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. When making your prediction, keep the mentioned points in mind and make your own decision.