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9:35 PM: Steve’s unbeaten 73 from 59 bowls helps RR score 139.
9:12 PM: Rahul Tripathi out for 6. Score: 109-3 (16.3)
9:08 PM: Steven Smith completes his half century. Score: 105/2 in 15.3 overs.
8:55 PM: Gurney gets Buttler for 37. Rahul Tripathi on crease. Steven Smith looks strong. Score: 85/2 from 13.1 overs. Smith and Buttler had a 72-run partnership.
8:35 PM: Smith & Buttler improves the scoring rate as they complete a 50 run partnership.
8:30 PM: KKR restricts RR to just 28 runs in the powerplay, which is Rajasthan’s lowest powerplay score in IPL 2019.
8:22 PM: Rajasthan looses skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second over while Steven Smith and Jos Buttler looks strong.
Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders's skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to field against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Sunday.
Kolkata has made one change in the team with Harry Gurney replacing Lockie Ferguson. Prashant Chopra and Sudhesan Midhun have replaced Stuarrt Binny and Varun Aaron in the Rajasthan playing eleven.
Kolkata is currently placed third in the league points-table with three wins from four games. Rajasthan, on the other hand, lie at the seventh spot with just one win from four games.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/wicket-keeper), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun
High on confidence after their magnificent victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will eye another dominant show when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.
On Friday, it was Andre Russell's rampage, which powered Kolkata to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore while chasing a massive 206-run target. The purple brigade are currently placed second in the league points table with three wins in four matches and the Dinesh Karthik-led side will aim to keep the momentum going against an average looking Rajasthan.
Kolkata batsmen Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana are in fine touch. After the win against bottom placed RCB, Kolkata will carry the belief to win games from any situation, thanks to Russel, who has single-handedly won matches for them. You can’t afford to not pick Andre Russell and Robin Uthappa in your team today.
Rajasthan, on the other side, have some stars in their rank with the likes of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson and Jos Butler. However, all of them have failed to live up to expectations.
It would be a perfect time to pick skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Stokes, Sherays Gopal and Jofra Archer.
Our top 7 picks will be- Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana from KKR while Ajinkya Rahane, B Stokes, Sherays Gopal and Jofra Archer from RR.
Overall, Kolkata will be favourites on Sunday. However, one can't underestimate the power of Rajasthan, the inaugural title holder of the cash-rich league.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron/Stuart Binny
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna