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IPL 2022 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Match 47 – Preview

The Kolkata Knight Riders have lost five consecutive games and are presently seventh in the league with only three wins. Worse, KKR have yet to find a stable team, with niggles and form issues hindering their lineup. With one more loss, they will have equaled their 2019 record of six consecutive defeats.

If you can’t change a man, change the man,’ according to Brendon McCullum, hasn’t worked either. Varun Chakravarthy was dropped after eight matches due to his poor form, and it remains to be seen if the think tank is brave enough to drop Venkatesh Iyer, who is averaging a terrible 16.50 after nine matches with 132 runs. Dropping one player, on the other hand, does not fix KKR’s problems. Both the batting and bowling units have struggled for consistency, which has resulted in the streak of losses.

Shreyas Iyer talked about demonstrating confidence in the field that they can still make the qualifications. Given how things have gone thus far, one more loss will make it difficult for the players to restart their campaign.

RR, on the other hand, is within striking distance of a top-two result. Their loss to the Mumbai Indians occurred at an inopportune time, but there are no signs that greater concerns are afflicting the team. The bowling team has come together to become a force, and Jos Buttler’s steadiness, along with assistance from other hitters, has helped them win six of their nine matches.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Match 47 – Pitch Report

Wankhede is posing a peculiar quandary for the captains. The last two matches were won by teams chasing, although the five previous matches were won by teams batting first. In the last encounter, Iyer believed the ball was sticking on the wicket in the first innings, making it easier to bat in the second innings. Teams may seek to chase once more.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Match 47 – Tactics and Lineups

Kolkata Knight Riders

Yuzvendra Chahal is averaging 13.68 runs per game this season and striking out at an impressive 11.3. In their previous meeting, McCullum bemoaned that his hitters didn’t play sensible cricket against the legspinner and committed dumb errors. The best matchup for Chahal is one with Andre Russell. The batter has a strike rate of 216.22, an average of 80 against Chahal, and has scored 80 runs in 37 balls faced by Chahal. But, considering KKR’s batting woes, it will be interesting to see if Russell will be allowed to bat with abandon.

Predicted Lineup – Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Baba Indrajith (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana

Rajasthan Royals

RR was placed under pressure in the previous match between these two sides, despite picking up a wicket with no runs on the board, with Aaron Finch and Shreyas scoring 107 for the second wicket. The onus is on Boult, Krishna, and Sen to take early wickets and put the KKR batting unit under strain.

Predicted Lineup – Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Daryl Mitchell, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Match 47 – Trivia

Buttler has 566 runs in nine games. Virat Kohli had made 561 runs over the same point of his amazing 2016 season. Buttler has the opportunity to shatter this coveted record and become an indelible part of the IPL folklore.

Only three of RR’s 14 encounters at the Wankhede have resulted in a victory.

Andre Russell is 73 runs away from reaching 2000 runs in the IPL, while Sunil Narine needs 19 more to get 1000 runs.