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23-May-18 – IPL Cricket Betting Tips Free – Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] v Rajasthan Royals [RR]

23-May-18 - IPL Cricket Betting Tips Free - Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] v Rajasthan Royals [RR]
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Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] v Rajasthan Royals [RR]

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Eliminator – Eden Gardens, Kolkata

23-May-18 – 13:30 GMT [19:00 IST]

4 games and 3 wins for both the teams. Kolkata occupying 2nd spot due to superior run rate and Punjab are at 4th.

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As 2009 edition happened at South Africa and some matches of 2014 edition was moved to UAE, the designated Home and Away grounds are being considered for the stats purpose. A ground is considered a neutral venue only when play-offs happened outside both the team’s Home venues.

Historical Performance

League Table Positions

* – Title Winners

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
KKR 6 8 4 1 2* 7 2* 5 4 4
RR 1* 6 7 6 7 4 5 4

Kolkata Knight Riders Home / Away Statistics

Year Home Away Neutral NR Total
Won Lost Won Lost Won Lost
2017 4 3 4 3 1 1 0 16
2016 4 3 4 3 0 1 0 15
2015 5 1 2 5 0 0 1 14
2014 5 3 6 2 0 0 0 16
2013 5 3 1 7 0 0 0 16
2012 3 4 8 1 1 0 1 18
2011 4 3 4 4 0 0 0 14
2010 5 2 2 5 0 0 0 14
2009 1 6 2 4 0 0 1 14
2008 4 3 2 4 0 0 1 14
Total  40 31 35 38 2 2 4 152

Kolkata Knight Riders 1st Bat / 2nd Bat Statistics

Year 1st Bat 2nd Bat NR Total
Won Lost Won Lost
2017 2 4 7 3 0 16
2016 2 5 6 2 0 15
2015 2 2 5 4 1 14
2014 4 1 7 4 0 16
2013 2 5 4 5 0 16
2012 6 2 6 3 1 18
2011 3 4 5 3 0 15
2010 4 4 3 3 0 14
2009 0 7 3 3 1 14
2008 4 5 2 2 1 14
Total 29 39 48 32 4 152

Rajasthan Royals Home / Away Statistics

Year Home Away Neutral NR Total
Won Lost Won Lost Won Lost
2015 4 3 3 3 0 0 2 15
2014 3 4 4 3 0 0 0 14
2013 8 0 2 6 1 1 0 18
2012 4 4 3 5 0 0 0 16
2011 4 3 2 4 0 0 1 14
2010 4 3 2 5 0 0 0 14
2009 2 5 4 2 0 0 1 14
2008 7 0 4 3 2 0 0 16
Total 36 22 24 31 3 1 4 121

Rajasthan Royals 1st Bat / 2nd Bat Statistics

Year 1st Bat 2nd Bat NR Total
Won Lost Won Lost
2015 3 2 4 4 2 15
2014 3 3 4 4 0 14
2013 3 5 8 2 0 18
2012 5 6 2 3 0 16
2011 0 5 6 2 1 14
2010 4 4 2 4 0 14
2009 3 2 3 5 1 14
2008 4 2 9 1 0 16
Total 25 29 38 25 4 121

Head To Head

Home / Away head to head statistics. For KKR v RR

Venue Won Lost
Home 4 3
Away 2 6
Neutral 0 0
Total 6 9

1st / 2nd bat head to head statistics. For KKR v RR

 Year 1st Bat 2nd Bat
Won Lost Won Lost
2015 0 0 0 1
2014 0 0 0 2
2013 0 0 1 1
2012 0 0 1 1
2011 0 0 2 0
2010 0 0 1 1
2009 0 0 1 1
2008 0 1 0 1
Total 0 1 6 8


Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Tom Curran

Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Tripathi, Jofra Archer, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin, D Arcy Short, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera

Ground News

Eden Gardens pitch has been known to produce runs in the early part of the tournament. It may be become slower as the tournament progresses.

Final Thoughts

There is an interesting stat. KKR have never batted 1st in their previous 16 encounters (14 matches from 2009-15 + 2 matches in 2018). But the results were not of any advantage. They have won 8 and lost 8. The only time KKR have batted 1st (in 2008), they have lost.

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*Odds updated as of 23-May-18 1:30 pm IST

Preview From Other Sources

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Halfway through a media interaction with KKR assistant coach Simon Katich, the sometimes-mundane, mostly-mandatory question about the pitch popped up. However, the former Aussie batsman answered with a glint in his eyes and a smile on his face: “This is exactly how we wanted it. That Rajasthan game was exactly how we wanted it from game one.”

The match in question took place a week ago, where Rajasthan Royals – their eliminator opponent – were out of the contest by the halfway stage owing to a terrible batting show. It was also the fixture where Kuldeep Yadav turned his season around after accounting for just 10 wickets in 13 league stage games till then. He picked a four-fer, Sunil Narine conceded just 29 and RR succumbed to a spin choke which didn’t even involve KKR’s third spinner Piyush Chawla.On Wednesday, RR are unlikely to be in such luck.

Luckily for them, though, they have a spin triumvirate of their own. Krishnappa Gowtham has been RR’s go-to bowler in the powerplay overs, Shreyas Gopal made an impressive return to the team in the last league-stage game against SRH and Ish Sodhi has made one of the four vacant spots for foreign players his own too. Though their aggregate of 24 wickets is pale in comparison to the 41 acquired by Narine, Chawla and Kuldeep, the gameon Wednesdaypresents them the single opportunity to wipe out the massive deficit with just one good, outwitting performance. That’s perhaps the beauty of knockout formats of any tournament of any sport in the world, where one perfect night can nullify a season’s worth of middling output. But that’s easier said than done, particularly so for Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens. As RR prepare to reverse the result of their previous outing at the venue, they will be without their best batsman [Jos Buttler] and best bowler [Ben Stokes] from that game.

The notion of ‘home advantage’ for KKR might yet go out of the window in such a high-stakes fixture, but there’s another stumbling [mental] block for RR. The last time they tasted success in Kolkata, Shane Warne was still captain, Sohail Tanvir was their surprise opening option, Yusuf Pathan, the reason for that victory, was merely 25, and the IPL was in its first year. In the decade since, RR have played five times at the venue and lost on each occasion, while the game in 2015 was abandoned.

As far as batting goes, KKR have perhaps been the most settled sides in the tournament. They don’t have a single batter with a score in excess of 500, but have two with a 400-plus tally and a total of six batsmen who have hit more than 250 runs in the season. In comparison, RR’s top-scorer – Buttler with 538 runs – isn’t available while then next three on the list – Sanju Samson (391 runs), Ajinkya Rahane (328 runs) and Rahul Tripathi (206 runs) – have all been highly inconsistent. For this lot too,Wednesday’sgame is a chance to make all these numbers sound highly insignificant.

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 PM IST

Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

What to expect: A cloudy evening with thunderstorms expected around10 PM.If rain comes into the equation and results in a washout, KKR will play the second qualifier while RR will be knocked out on the basis of points table standings.

Team news

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shivam Mavi featured in KKR’s previous game at home [against Rajasthan Royals] before making way for Piyush Chawla in Hyderabad. Katich talked up the prospect of unleashing three spinners at this venue, increasing the likelihood of Chawla staying on for this home fixture.

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

Rajasthan Royals

With spin likely to be the main weapon of choice for KKR, it will be interesting to see where Heinrich Klassen bats. RR have constantly shuffled around with their top-order, and might be tempted to allow the South African – who carries the reputation of being a good player of spin bowling – open the innings with Rahul Tripathi. RR’s Jofra Archer experiment didn’t yield favourable results against RCB, and is likely to be shelved, while D’Arcy Short, whose troubles against spin bowling have been well-documented in this year’s IPL, should remain on the bench too.

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Head to Head:

KKR 8 – 7 RR (Two ties, both won by RR)

Team Record at Eden Gardens

KKR 5 – 1 RR

Interesting face-offs

Narine vs Rahane & Samson: Narine has dismissed Rahane thrice in 49 balls conceding 63 runs. Samson has got out to Narine thrice in 27 balls.

Approaching milestones

Sunil Narine needs two more wickets to take 50 IPL wickets at Eden Gardens. Lasith Malinga. at Wankhede Stadium, is the only other to achieve such a feat.

Venue trends

RR have lost their last six IPL games at the Eden Gardens with their only win here coming in 2008.

IPL 2018 trends

RR have taken fewest wickets in the enitre tournament – 74.

KKR have scored the most boundaries (340; 225 X 4s & 115 X 6s) while RR have scored the least (256; 184 X 4s; 72 X 6s).

Likewsie, KKR have conceded the most sixes (123) while RR have conceded the fewest (71).

What they said:

“It is nice knowing we’ve played seven games already here. So we understand what the conditions are like. But come tomorrow night, we both start from scratch. So what’s happened in the past doesn’t count for too much.” KKR assistant coach Simon Katich played down the idea of ‘home advantage’ for his side.

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Big picture

Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals. They ended third and fourth on the league table, with not a lot separating them, after seasons that followed similar trajectories, particularly when the playoffs race intensified. As squads, however, the campaigns they went through couldn’t have been more dissimilar.

Fast bowlers aside, the KKR XI that will line up in Wednesday’s Qualifier is perhaps exactly the one their team management might have picked as their best XI on auction day, down to the batting order. This is a small but wisely assembled squad, full of trusted names, and who knows where it might have finished had Mitchell Starc been fit to play the tournament?

Rajasthan Royals was a less tested combination, partly because they were returning from a two-year suspension, but one full of exciting overseas talent. All that talent, however, took time and a fair bit of shuffling to begin firing. And by the time that happened, two of the team’s biggest names, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, had to be scratched off the roster.

The absence of those two names, particularly Buttler, is a handicap Royals will have to overcome in Wednesday’s Eliminator, as are a shortish middle order and a longish tail. There is the small matter of the venue as well. Eden Gardens is KKR’s lair, and Royals have an awful record here: only one win in seven matches.

KKR, therefore, have a number of advantages going into this meeting, but the fleetingness of a single T20 contest can minimise all of them. The Eliminator is as accurate a name for this kind of contest, and it’s anyone’s game to lose.

Previous meetings

KKR won both their matches against Royals in the league stage, and comfortably at that. In Jaipur, an all-round display from Nitish Rana set up a seven-wicket win with seven balls remaining. In Kolkata, Royals collapsed to Kuldeep Yadav’s wristspin after a helter-skelter opening stand between Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi, and forties from Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik led the home team home with two overs to spare.

In the news

  • Neither team trained on Tuesday, with rain keeping Eden Gardens under covers. There is a 20% chance of rain on Wednesday as well.
  • Apart from Buttler and Stokes, who are away on England duty, Royals have also been without their mentor Shane Warne over the last week or so. He has tweeted saying he will miss the Eliminator and Friday’s second Qualifier as well, but that he would be back for Sunday’s final – if Royals make it, of course.

Likely XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shubman Gill, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Javon Searles, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Prasidh Krishna

Rajasthan Royals: 1 Rahul Tripathi, 2 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Heinrich Klaase, 5 Stuart Binny, 6 K Gowtham, 7 Jofra Archer, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ben Laughlin

Strategy punt

In IPL 2018, Chris Lynn has only managed to score 121 off 131 balls against spin, while being dismissed four times. Sunil Narine has been explosive against spinners, scoring 138 off 66 balls, but he’s also been out to them once every 9.4 balls.

Royals will want to start with spin at least from one end, but they have to be smart about their choice of spinner. They usually give the new ball to the offspinner K Gowtham, but one of their two legspinners, Ish Sodhi or Shreyas Gopal, could be a better option against KKR. While Narine has smashed offspin for 76 off 28 balls (including 23 off 9 against K Gowtham) while only being dismissed once this year, he hasn’t done as well against right-arm legspin, scoring only 18 off 16 while being dismissed twice. Lynn hasn’t been dismissed by legspin this season, but his strike rate against them – as is the case with other kinds of spin – is below 100.

By opening the bowling with Sodhi or Shreyas, Royals will be able to hold back Gowtham for a contest he might relish, against his former Karnataka team-mate Robin Uthappa, who has only scored 33 off 33 against offspin this season while being dismissed twice. This while achieving strike rates of over 180 against both left-arm orthodox and legspin.

Stats that matter

  • Home advantage could be a major factor in this game. Royals have a 9-8 win-loss record overall against KKR, but have only won one of their six meetings at the Eden Gardens. This season, moreover, Royals have won only two of their seven matches away from Jaipur.
  • KKR’s players have played 50 IPL playoff matches between them, while Royals’ have only played 23.
  • Dinesh Karthik will reach the 5000-run mark in T20s if he makes 36, while Sanju Samson needs 39 to get to 3000.
  • Lasith Malinga (at the Wankhede Stadium) is the only bowler to take 50 or more wickets at one venue in the IPL. Sunil Narine needs two wickets to get to 50 at the Eden Gardens.
  • Royals’ fortunes could well depend on how soon they can send back Narine – this season, he has the best Powerplay strike rate (198.4) of any batsman to face 75 or more balls in that phase. He has made 252 runs in the first six overs this season off 127 balls, while being dismissed eight times.

Fantasy pick

  • Andre Russell has had a decent IPL without making as many match-turning interventions as his fans may have expected. Wednesday night could well be his night.
  • Heinrich Klaasen struck form with a 21-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, and also sparkled behind the stumps with three stumpings and a low, diving catch. He will still be full of confidence from that performance when he makes his IPL playoff debut, playing a crucial middle-order role in a team that lacks a bit of batting depth.

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