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RPS vs KKR Match Details
Match 30: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match timings: 8:00 PM
RPS vs KKR Match Preview
PLAYER UPDATE: Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a stunning 82-run victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. The chief architect being Nathan Coulter-Nile. The Aussie pacer’s introduction was a delayed one, but efficient for the two time champions. The sturdy pacer is likely to be rested for his next. The Pune Supergiant on the other hand have a sorted eleven and will try to win their 4th consecutive game.
THE NARINE EFFECT:
A month ago if someone would have told that Sunil Narine would open the innings in a T20 game, moreover in the Indian Premier League, avid cricket followers would have laughed it out. The magician off spinner however, has taken the cricketing world by a storm. Chris Lynn’s injury was a huge setback, but the Knight Riders had Robin Uthappa, who’s opened the innings with skipper Gautam Gambhir on multiple instances scoring heaps of runs. Against the Kings XI, the target of 170 was set for Knight Riders. Narine bowled a miserly spell conceding 19 off his 4 and picking up a wicket.A job he’s known to do.
To open the innings, in walked Narine with Gambhir; what followed was an onslaught. Pinch hitters are promoted up the order to disturb the bowler’s lengths. Narine, not only managed to disrupt the pacers’ line, but also smashed the Kings XI bowling to smithereens. He’s opened in 4 innings this season and has managed scores of 37, 6, 42 and 34 at a strike rate of 189.06. The startling sight though has to be the conviction with which he’s dismissed the ball. Hereafter, if you ever see the Knight Riders scoresheet reading 60/0 in 5, it’s Mr. Narine doing what he’s known to do.
TEAM COMBINATION (RPS):
The Rising Pune Supergiant, did falter after starting off on a winning note, but the team has managed to find form at the right time. The openers Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane have formed a neat combination at the top of the order. Tripathi was handed an opportunity for a struggling Mayank Agarwal and the dashing right hander has been in brilliant form ever since. The squad is likely to remain unchanged in the face-off against the Knight Riders and a positive 2 for them will only amplify the battle for the top 4.
KKR Team combination
The Riders have played one game fewer than the league leaders Mumbai Indians. But, are miles ahead when the net run-rate is quantified. A win against Pune will push them to the top, needing only 4 points off a possible 12 to qualify for the eliminators. Coulter-Nile is likely to sit this game out. Shakib Al Hasan will be the replacement for Coulter-Nile and Colin de Grandhomme is likely to retain his place after a three wicket haul against the Royal Challengers.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants Head To Head Matches
Total Matches Played: 2
KKR Won: 2
RPS Won: 0
RPS vs KKR Match Prediction:
Pune are on a 3 match unbeaten spree while the Knight Riders have had a 71% winning rate so far after the completion of 7 games. Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, and Jaydev Unadkat have been in cracking form with the ball and to dispose them of will be a tough ask. To derail a winning unit is an uphill task; even the measured correctness and stability of the Knight Riders can be shaken by their ordeal. In the battle for a substantial binary, the Rising Pune Supergiant at home will walk in with a marginal advantage.
RPS vs KKR Playng XI
Rising Pune supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni (wk), Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Imran Tahir.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.