The Kolkata Knight Riders are all set to host the Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. However, only one of the teams can inch closer to a place in the Play offs tonight. This makes the battle at Jaipur all the more interesting.
In their last match, KKR bounced back in style after a couple of defeats against the Kings XI Punjab. In their battle with the Kings XI, KKR posted the highest total of the season in Indore and registered a massive win against the Punjab side. KKR would look to string a few wins here together to make their case stronger.
RR on the other hand have now won 3 in a row and would look to continue the same way, without changing a lot many things. Jos Buttler has been a vital component of the RR campaign but it is high time that he gets support from other around him in that batting order which features stars like Rahane, Stokes and Samson. Buttler, Rahane, Stokes and Samson should be the Batsmen to Watch Out for tonight at Eden Gardens.
KKR have their batsmen firing at the right time, it seems. A lot depends on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine at the top of the order for KKR. Whenever Narine has given them the start they are looking for, KKR have looked a dangerous side. Lynn too is a proven big match player and will fancy his chances against the RR bowling attack. Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik have also been amongst the runs recently and would be itching to go out and perform at the Eden Gardens.
It could be a battle between the spinners of KKR and the pacers of RR. Sunil Narine has been doing a great job for the Knight Riders with the ball even with his remodeled action, while Jofra Archer has clearly made an impact this season in the RR camp. Fans will expect a fierce battle all the way from Kolkata. The team which loses today will not be able to reach the 16-point mark and might have to hope for a few results to go their way, for them to qualify.
Lots to play for at the Eden Gardens tonight. Broadcast Starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).