Kolkata Knight Riders have found the lost rhythm in the last game against Hyderabad . They would like to carry on the form against Rajasthan Royals.to perform in testing
Rajsthan Royals may lack depth in batting and the required experience in testing conditions . Though they have chased down the huge total total against Punjab but dimensions of ground also matters . In Dubai Boundaries are big as compared to Sharjah .
Kolkata Knight Riders has a strong bowling lineup with Pat Cummins , sunil narine and Kuldeep yadav in their side . They also have more bowling options which gives the side the luxury of options in their bowling linup if somebody had a bad game . Andre rusell can also give 4 overs of his quota and pick up crucial wickets.
In Today's Match Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Rajasthan Royals at Dubai International Stadium . This will be going to be an interesting battle as two heavy sides will be there in action . Rajasthan have come all guns blazing this season with some terrific performance and stealing the games from opponent at crucial match defining moments. Kolkata on other hand have won their previous Encounter against Hyderabad which have given them the confidence and self belief . For the Kolkata , Shubman Gill has proved himself at thetop of the order anchoring the chase . Eoin Morgan will also be feeling good after the previous match carrying his team home easily . Nitish Rana and Dinesh Kartik wauld also like to contribute with bat as Nitish rana was impressive with his cameo proving vital . Pat Cummins is in form bowling good line and lengths and picking up wickets at the beginning of the innings . Kuldeep yadav and Sunil Narine will bowl in Tandom in middle overs and will like to stop the run flow and pick up wickets .
Rajasthan on the other hand will liken to continue their winning form in this Tournament, but the story may not be same this time around as they will be playing in Dubai totally different from Sharjah which is termed as Batting paradise . Boundaries are bigger in Dubai as compared to Sharjah which will give bowlers the chance to get the batsman out near the boundary area . Butler may have joined the team but he is out of form since series against Australia . Sanju Samson and Steve Smith has been the two pillars in the batting lineup clicking on both occasions and willthe match for the side . But Rajasthan has lack of experience in the lower middle order and the quality bowling lineup of Kolkata will not help the cause . Tom Curran and Jofra Archer has been the main bowlers for the Royals . Spin Department looks a bit vulnerable due to absence of quality spinners besides Shreyas Gopal , who is a seasoned campaigner .
Dubai has been serving up some slow pitches that are not beginning to take turn. Scores of around 180 are going to be very difficult to chase down at this venue. So far, sixes have been hit every 30 balls on average in Dubai compared to a six every seven balls on average in Sharjah. This change of style of play is going to test the Rajasthan Royals no doubt.
Both the teams playing this match are going to want to field first if they get the chance. The dew has been a factor but it will start to affect matches more and more as the pitches start to slow up. We think chasing is going to be a big advantage in this match.