Rajasthan Royals will clash with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first of the return matches in the season’s IPL 2014 in Match 25 that will see the Rajasthan Royals who are on a roll, having registered three wins in their last three matches.
Since decimating Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi, RR have defeated KKR and Delhi Daredevils and are now third in the league standings. In fact, in the last match, they chased down 156 in clinical fashion, not once allowing the required run-rate to go out of hand.
The Kolkata Knight Riders need to lift themselves after finishing on the wrong side of the result in their last three matches. Since defeating RCB, they have dropped games against Kings XI Punjab, RR and Chennai Super Kings. In their most recent outing, the bowling unit did well to restrict CSK to 148, but the batsmen – barring Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan – did not turn up.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 4 pm IST
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Where to Watch Live: Set Max & Sony Six
IPL 2014 on TV Channels Worldwide:
|3||Middle East||OSN Network|
|6||India||Set Max & Sony Six|
|9||Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|10||United Kingdom||ITV Networks Ltd|
|12||United States||Willow TV international|
|13||New Zealand||Sky NZ|
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Skipper Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane are the key players in the Rajasthan Royals ranks and the the lesser-known players often save the match by delivering match-winning sixes and boundaries. Players such as talented Sanju Samson, who bats at the crucial No.3 position, has played impressive cameos and is expected to convert those into match-winning efforts. The other player is 42-year-old Pravin Tambe, who is performing better by the day. After going wicketless initially, the leg-spinner has picked up nine wickets in the following four matches to become the team’s most successful bowler. In Ahmedabad, the surface bing friendly for spinners, it should help the team.
For the Kolkata Knight Riders, it will be a bet on their batting skills than bowling in the match today. Skipper Gautam Gambhir, and players such as Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa should have at least a better innings this time with competition for Playoff spots getting intense. In all, the four players should stand up to excpectations and deliver. And bowlers like Sunil Narine need to get wickets, tie down batsmen and force them to take risks against other bowlers.
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils: After the Delhi Daredevils took the score to 46 runs in the first six overs, the Rajasthan Royals pulled back, though they scored 48 runs in the middle overs. The rival of Karun Nair, who has improved his form guided his whole team in the run-chase with 73 runs in the innings.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings: The KKR coach Trevor Bayliss pitched for his bowlers but did not hit it right in their match against CSK. There were at least five overs of short deliveries bowled and the CSK batsmen took full advantage scoring 62 runs. In the remaining 15 overs, the CSK batsmen only managed 86 runs. The KKR batsmen failed to go for good choice of shots.
By virtue of their win in the Super Over – that decided the match between these two teams in Abu Dhabi earlier this season – the Rajasthan Royals have a 7-6 win-loss record against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Rajasthan Royals have an impressive record in IPL matches at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad; they’ve won 3 of the 4 matches played there previously.
KKR have the most successful spin bowling attack in Pepsi IPL 2014; their spinners have picked up 18 wickets at a strike-rate of a wicket every 18 balls and have leaked runs at a rate of 6.50.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Sekhar Mandal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Suryakumar Yadav, Manvinder Bisla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kuldeep Yadav.