With the league stage of the tournament almost coming to a close and three places are still up for grabs in the playoffs, all the teams are on their toes to take every chance to get more and more points in their bag. And, before the league stage ends, these two teams will both be battling hard in this match to get to a win and make their case stronger.
Kolkata had an up and down season but managed to win enough matches to stay alive in the playoff race. And, before the heroics of Ben Stokes rescued them and kept their qualification hopes alive, their rivals, Rajasthan, were almost out of the tournament. In this match, so much is at stake that the teams’ attempts to win it will make it a cracker of a game to watch.
During the evening in Dubai, the conditions are sufficient for a cricket match. During match time, the temperature would drop to 29 degrees Celsius.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, it is an excellent pitch to bat on. In the last few games, the team batting second finds it more comfortable to strike. Anything under 180 is easily attainable.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh/Kuldeep Yadav
Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Dream 11:
Ben Stokes (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kartik Tyagi, Jofra Archer, Varun Chakravarthy, Pat Cummins
Rajasthan Royals are more likely to win the match today, judged purely by the current form of both sides.