October 06, 2021 4:07 PM
Alex Sarwar

2021 IPL – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals taking place? Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on Thursday 7th October, 2021 at 15:00 (UK)

Where is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals taking place? Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royalswill take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah

What is the expected weather for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals? 32-35c with clear skies and light winds.

Where can I get tickets for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals? Check each team’s official website for the latest ticket information

What TV channel is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals on in the UK? Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

  • Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad this past weekend was their second in their most recent three IPL fixtures and leaves them still in with a strong chance of a playoff place.
  • The big question is whether both West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell and New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson will both be fit to play here, with the expectation that both would come straight into the side if they were to recover from injury in time.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

  • Rajasthan Royals’ miserable eight-wicket defeat at the hands of reigning champions Mumbai Indians last Tuesday was a catastrophe for them in terms of their playoff hopes and it’s no less than they deserved after being accruing a score of just 90/9 batting first against Rohit Sharma’s side.
  • Following such a poor performance with the bat, Rajasthan are likely to freshen up their side, with England international Liam Livingstone expected to be one of those recalled to the starting line-up.

THE PREDICTION

It’s difficult to see how Rajasthan Royals can pick themselves up following their most recent defeat with their batting simply unable to cope with the quality of the Mumbai Indians bowling unit. Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping for a similar story here, although most reassuring from their perspective is the potential return to form of opener Shubman Gill, who scored a half-century in their crucial win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. With plenty of experience within their middle order, an in-form Gill setting the tone from the off would be a huge boost for the Knight Riders. Even if Lockie Ferguson doesn’t not feature here, the KKR bowlers are likely to be afforded plenty of joy against a Rajasthan batting unit overly reliant on their top order and as long as Kolkata Knight Riders do not collapse under the pressure of a must win encounter, then they should come through with the two points here.

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