After Rahul Tripathi smashed a six on the penultimate ball to avoid the super over against the Royal Challengers on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals welcome Kolkata Knight Riders to Jaipur on Sunday aiming to follow up their first win of the IPL season with another. Can they make it two wins on the spin?
RR vs KKR – IPL 2019
Where to Watch
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date: 07 April 2019
Match Begins: 15:30 BST / 20:00 IST
TV Channel / Live Stream: The match will be live on BT Sport 3 in the UK. Live streaming will also be possible via the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device. It’s also available to watch live on Star Gold if you have that as part of your Sky or Virgin package.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – The Form Guide
Rajasthan are coming into this one on the back of a decent win in midweek against Bangalore. They say the first win of the season is always the toughest to get, but hopefully, RR can push on and pick up some more now that they’re off the mark in the IPL this year.
Buttler and Rahane were in good form last time out, and Shreyas Gopal got a couple of crucial wickets at crucial times for his side. More of the same here could well see them victorious once more.
Let’s not forget, though, that they’ve lost their last three in a row against KKR, and also lost their first three games of this IPL season. Bangalore look to be in dire straights this year, so are RR starting to turn a corner or was the most recent win just a standard win against a poor side?
Kolkata bounced back from their super over defeat to the Capitals last Saturday by beating bottom club RCB on Friday. They chose to bowl, and it turned out to be the right decision as they chased down a tough total of 205 with a few balls to spare.
Is Andre Russell Human?
If KKR are to come away from the SMS with a win, they’re probably going to have to hope Andre Russell is on top of his game. He’s arguably been the man of the season. His impressive displays have given his side a chance in every game this season when his teammates have been found wanting at times. His 48 from 13 balls on Friday was incredible. He made a complete mockery of Bangalore’s bowling in the 19th over. Six, Six, Six, Four, Six. Sublime.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi
Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch in Jaipur is one that always seems to produce some cracking scores. In the first fixture of the season here, 185 was very nearly chased down, whereas it was a slightly tamer affair last time out when RCB visited. Still, it’s due to be around 38 degrees Celsius when the match begins, with no sign of rain anywhere. Expect the batters to enjoy a good day and some good scoring.
The bookmakers can’t separate them. RR have been priced up by the bookmakers at 10/11 to win on Sunday. KKR are the same price, 10/11.
I’m expecting a lot of runs to be scored in the searing Jaipur heat on Sunday. The Rajasthan will be buoyed by their most recent display, but KKR pulled off a decent win on Friday against RCB, and they’ve racked up some big scores on good batting wickets. I think KKR will take advantage of the conditions on Sunday to nick the win. Just.
Based on momentum, I feel KKR have the slight edge on Sunday after their recent win and past encounters with RR, so I think backing them to win the match at odds of 10/11 is a decent bet. It has all the makings to a very tight encounter, but I’m going for the away side to edge this one.