Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals will lock horns against two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders in match 12 of the 13th edition of the tournament. The two teams will square off at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 30 (Wednesday) from 7:30 PM (IST) onwards.
Both the teams are coming to this game after winning their last respective games. Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab in one of the best run-chases in the history of the tournament where Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia emerged as the stars. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders won their previous game comprehensively against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both the teams are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI and take the field with their last game’s winning combination. But it would be interesting to see if Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a game for RR after getting dropped in the second match.
RR vs KKR: Head-to-Head
Total matches played: 21
RR won: 10
KKR won: 10
No Result: 1
RR vs KKR: Possible XIs
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Steven Smith (Captain), Sanju Samson (Wicket-Keeper), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi
RR vs KKR: Players to watch out for
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell
RR vs KKR: Match Prediction
Both the teams are amongst the most balanced sides of this tournament. But looking at the way RR won their last game, the momentum will be in their favour. As a result, Steve Smith and co. will start as favourites to win their third consecutive match of this season.