IPL 2018 Eliminator match will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Former champions Rajasthan Royals will look to go full throttle when they lock horns with two-time IPL winners and overwhelming favorites Kolkata Knight Riders. The Knight Riders have defeated Rajasthan in both the games this season. With three wins on the trot, Kolkata Knight Riders are on a roll as they clinched the top-four berth for the sixth time in IPL History. They have posted the highest total of the season and stunned the table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. While Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians in a knockout game and sealed their spot in final-four.
Rajasthan batsmen’s have to conquer the spin challenge of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, and Kuldeep Yadav, who haunted them in their six-wicket defeat in Kolkata. Skipper Rahane (324 runs) might be the key to Rajasthan’s success. He will look to lead from the front and hope that the favorites of Sanju Samson and opener Rahul Tripathi come good on a pitch that promises to be full of runs and would also favor the team batting second.
KKR Batting lies around Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Skipper Dinesh Karthik, who has been scored 438 runs in this season so far. In middle order, KKR has Andre Russell, Shubhman Gill, and Nitish Rana, who are able to score well and also chase big targets.
Previous Track Record (KKR vs RR)
The two teams have played 15 times against each other, in which KKR were managed to win eight of those encounters and the remaining five games were won by Rajasthan Royals, including two tied games. In track record, KKR has won five of the six times they have played RR at Eden Gardens.
KKR Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna Piyush Chawla.
RR Probable XI: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaase, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin.