Sanju’s RR, – Rajasthan Royals, will take on Morgan’s KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders today in the 18th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 season.
In the 18th match of this Indian Premier League season, the two teams desperate for a win will take on each other. Today it will be a RR Vs KKR show, where Sanju’s Rajasthan Royals men will meet Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders army. Both the teams will want to end their losing streaks from this match and start winning in their IPL 2021 season.
Rajasthan Royals – RR
The Double R’s – Rajasthan Royals eyeing for their second title win in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. After their title win in the first season of 2008, the performances of RR- Rajasthan Royals haven’t upto the mark. Their new leader Sanju Samson played well in the first match against PBKS – Punjab Kings. It was a captain’s knock, but his inconsistency hasn’t helped the team in any way.
The form of Jos Buttler hasn’t been good. The two best players from the RR camp haven’t been performing well, and that is why Rajasthan Royals are in bad shape this season. Rajasthan Royals needs a good start to their innings. RR has not got a single good opening stand in this IPL 2021 season so far, and RR is placed last on the points table. Rajasthan Royals have won just one game till now.
Buttler and Samson should open in this match against KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders. If RR seeks a solidity in their top order, then Samson should develop the order and open the innings for Rajasthan Royals. Buttler’s form will be crucial for them. he scored a decent half-century against CSK, which Rajasthan Royals lost. But Buttler failed in the next game against RCB. Jos needs to cme good from the match for Rajasthan Royals.
Mahipal Lomor is a suitable option for RR at the number three position. Rajasthan Royals needs him as he has the experience, and he is an explosive talent who can offer his bowling services. Limor is an all-rounder. Having him instead of Manan Vohra will benefit the Rajasthan Royals franchise.
David Miller shouldn’t bat higher up the order as he did in the last game against Virat’s RCB. The number five position is ideal for Millier, who can guide the innings for Rajasthan Royals through that position. RR seeks stability and solidity at the top order, so they should go with Samson and Buttler as openers, with Momor and Miller in the three and four batting positions.
Shivam Dube’s hitting form was good for RR in the last match. He can also bat before Miller, which helps Rajasthan Royals to get that finishing knick in their innings. Chriss Morris also there at number six with the spin all-rounder like Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag at number seven and eight. So RR has the depth in their batting. But still, there are not getting over the line. That’s mainly because of their consistency issues.
The bowling needs more attention for Rajasthan Royals after their loss against RCB by ten wickets. The RCB openers completely hammered morris, Unadkat, Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizzur Rahman.
Rajasthan Royals needs to bring Andrew Tye, an accurate bowler than Mustafizzur Rahman, and they will have to go with one change. RR also needs Mayank Markande in place of Shreyas Gopal. They also need to add Jaydev Unadtkar to their squad. Unadkat bowled well against DC. He took three wickets and scored the match-winning runs as well in that. There was no reason to drop in the last match.
Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR
Morgan also issues in batting and bowing. Their openers are in good form. But they failed to fire in the last match against CSK. The middle-order woes are still hurting them. That is mainly because Morgan, The KKR skipper, is not in good nick. Kolkata Knight Riders need him to fire after multiple failures in the IPL 2021 season.
Tripathi’s inconsistent run, too, is bothering the Kolkata Knight Riders. Tripathi had played the only brilliant knock that came against SRH in their first match. KKR had recorded a win by ten margins, and that is their only win this season. RR is placed last on the points, and Kolkata Knight Riders are placed seventh, second last. KKR has just two points and one win to their name.
The only positive thing which happened to KKR in their last match is that their power hitter Andre Russell’s back is in form. His 54 runs cameo will please the Kolkata Knight Riders fans. KKR will want Russell’s cameo to fire in this match, which will help their team bag the second win.
Pat Cummins played a blinder of a knock of unbeaten 66 runs. If he had any support in that last match, KKR would have snatched a victory from CSK. But his bowling has not been good. The pace bowler from Australia struggled in the last game as the CSK batters smashed him all over the park. Kolkata Knight Riders will want him to come good in this match. Otherwise, it would take another tall chase for them.
Kolkata Knight Riders need to pick Harbhajan Singh and drop Sunil Narine, which also them to add Lockie Fergusson in their playing XI. Lockie can be their fourth overseas players, and his addition might solve KKR their bowling issues.
The Indian pace trip needs to contribute with Varun Charakvarthy. Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Shivam Mavi need to perform and cement their place on the KKR side. Kolkata Knight Riders need the Indian core and the overseas players to step up.
The Live Streaming Details –
The 18th match of the IPL 2021 season, the RR Vs KKR match, can be watched online through a live streaming service. The fans should not be sad and disheartened that they cannot see the live match in the stadium. But they should forget that and enjoy the match in the comfort of their homes. The live streaming service is available free on HOTSTAR, JIO TV, Airtel TV, Live Cricket TV, and Live Ten Sports Mobile App.
The Toss –
In the 18th match of the IPL 2021 season, which is between Rajasthan Royals – RR vs Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR, the toss will take place at 7.00 PM IST.
The Channel List for Rajasthan Royals – RR Vs Kolkata Knights Riders – KKR
We can watch the 18th match of RR Vs KKR on Star Sports Networks – Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Tamil, Star Sports Telugu, Star Sports Kannada, and Star Sports Bangla TV Live.
Playing XI of RR – Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Manipal Lomor, Shivam Dube, David Miller, Chris Morris, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Undakat, Chetan Sakariya and Mayank Markande.
Playing XI of KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, and Harbhajan Singh.