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Late Momentum Increases Chances for both Kolkata and Rajasthan

Late Momentum Increases Chances for both Kolkata and Rajasthan

Kolkata and Rajasthan face each other in a survival match on Tuesday as both the teams look for the final two spots in the playoffs.

Cricket news: Can Kolkata continue their batting exploits against Rajasthan or will the opponents carry on with their winning streak

It is almost the end phase of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League and both the teams, who are tied at 12 points, have found late momentum in the tournament.

Kolkata Knight Riders have bounced back from back-to-back defeats at the hands of Mumbai and posted the tournament’s fourth highest total of 245/6 against Kings XI Punjab, eventually winning the match by 31 runs.

Rajasthan Royals have also got a hat-trick of wins, thanks to the performance of their wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler, who had been the star of the show and was declared the Man-of-the-match in all the three occasions.

Butler made an unbeaten 94 to help his team secure a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the previous match. In the process, he made consecutive five half-centuries, a record which is jointly held by Virender Sehwag.

Butler’s scores in the last five innings read 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94*. He along with his national teammate, the English all-rounder Ben Stokes, can pose a major threat for the Knight Riders.

KKR skipper, Dinesh Karthik, will heavily depend on his spinners to dismiss this English pair quickly and cheaply.

Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane need to return to his form to give his team stability, as he has scored just 280 runs from 12 innings with a woeful average of 28.00.

KKR’s batting is in prime condition with the likes of Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and U-19 world cup sensation Shubman Gill, all performing to their fullest potential.

Narine had scored 75 off 36 balls in the previous match, and his duel with Butler will be one of the key contests of the game.

Karthik, who scored a 23-ball 50 in the previous match, is also silently doing his job as he has got 371 runs to his name with a healthy average of 46.37.

KKR would likely to seem more desperate for the win, as if they finish third or fourth in the table, they will get the chance to play on their home-ground Eden Gardens in the Eliminator and Second Qualifier match.

 

Venue - Eden Gardens, Kolkata

KKR Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, two of Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi and Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna.

RR Probable XI: D'Arcy Short, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75