Hello and welcome to the Live Coverage of Match 18 of IPL 2021 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Rajasthan XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Kolkata XI:Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Toss: Rajasthan wins the Toss and elects to Bowl first
|Sanju Samson: We are going to bowl because it has helped the bowlers bowling first here in these conditions. I like to appreciate the team members, management and everyone in the team, they are coping up with it really well as there are a lot of positives even after losing few key players; Jofra, Stokes and Liam just left. We have two changes – Jaydev Unadkat comes in for Shreyas Gopal and Jaiswal comes in for Manan Vohra.|
Jos Buttler – I have been here for a while with the England national team, looking for a good performance today and set the winning ball rolling for the Royals. I put a lot of responsibility on myself and I expect to perform in the best possible way for my team. The mood is good in the team, everyone loves playing in the IPL, none more so than the young Indian players. This is the best place for them to grow and learn, we have got some exciting young players in our dressing room. Probably Chetan Sakariya (when asked about one RR player he’s impressed with), he’s got some fantastic skills with his left -arm bowling and he has taken some great wickets so far, but more so it is his attitude, has a great smile, he’s fun to be around and he’s inspiring to be around him.
Dinesh Karthik speaks to the broadcaster: Very happy with the knock (vs CSK). Personally I like batting in Mumbai especially coming from Chennai. We were in a bit of a crisis but to pull the team from that situation and try to make a match out of it, I felt happy about that and would have been much happier had we crossed the line. I was really happy with how Shahrukh Khan was doing, just the fact that there are so many players from Tamil Nadu, 13 of them right now, happy to see them and they will learn a lot.
6:40PM: RR lost the most wickets in Powerplay in IPL 2020 and so far have lost the most in IPL 2021 as well. The captain Samson has been a pale shadow of himself since his dashing 119 against Punjab in the first match. A rejuvenated Sanju will be the key for Rajasthan’s top-order in the absence of Ben Stokes for the rest of the season.
|Pitch Report: Darren Ganga and Nick Knight suggest that the pitch was used twice previously and both matches resulted scores in excess of 200. Runs are surely coming thick and fast on this track. There’s an even covering of grass and that will just suit the batsman’s shots. The bowlers will need to use their slower deliveries and cutters.|
6:28PM: Right, is this the night for Samson and Co. to snap their misfortunes? They have an opponent who has won just one of its nine encounters ever at Wankhede.
6:15PM: 45 minutes away from the Toss. Seems like Lockie Ferguson is in the mood. Will Bazz McCullum and Eoin Morgan unchain the speedster tonight?
Will KKR unleash the beast Lockie Ferguson alongside Pat Cummins tonight? – BCCI/IPL
H2H – RR vs KKR: (23 MATCHES – RR 10 | KKR 12 | NR 1)
Top Performers in the fixture in IPL history
|Rank||Best Batsmen||Team||Runs Scored|
|1.||Ajinkya Rahane||RR: 2011-15 and 2018-19||338|
|2.||Shane Watson||RR: 2008-15||304|
|3.||Gautam Gambhir||KKR: 2011-17||255|
|Rank||Best Bowlers||Team||Wickets taken|
|1.||Sunil Narine||KKR: 2012-Present||10|
|2.||Siddharth Trivedi||RR: 2008-13||9|
|3.||Shakib Al Hasan||KKR: 2011-17, 2021-Present||9|
– MATCH PREVIEW –
Streaks of brilliance and heaps of glaring mistakes – the brief summary of the starts of Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders do not show up in good reading for their fans.
With a win apiece from their four opening encounters have put Sanju Samson and Eoin Morgan on the spot early on in the season. Rajasthan’s results have also resulted with a mix of ill-fortune. The side has lost two of its premier players in Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer and a like-to-like replacement is nowhere in the offing. Reports have suggested South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen is on his way to India to join the Royals as a replacement for Stokes or Livingstone who left after suffering from bio-bubble fatigue.
The trouble, however, does not end there for the Royals. After suffering a drubbing at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday in a 10-wicket loss, Rajasthan will have worries aplenty in its batting as well as bowling departments. The top-order, including skipper Sanju Samson have misfired after a positive start in the first game. RR’s middle-order comprising youngsters Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia and Chris Morris have salvaged a few cameos to carry the side to targets that are just about par. However, the Royals will hope that its top-order stars Jos Buttler and Samson pick up form pretty soon.
The Knights, on the other hand, came pretty close to its second win in a thriller against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. The lower middle-order trio of Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins waltzed the CSK bowlers – saving the side from shambles. Morgan’s men would be content with the balance in the squad, however, the results have not been their best companion yet this season.
“We need to be honest with ourselves and come back better. Need time to look into what went wrong and understand, I am sure we will comeback well. This game… It puts you down but you need to find a way and come out better.” – Sanju Samson after Rajasthan’s 10-wicket loss to RCB
“We have to be proud of getting so close, and actually putting ourselves in a winning position. Particularly, Pat Cummins towards the end played beautifully. It’s everything about the process. The way I’m going about things at the moment is extremely positive. I’ve been here a long time now and I’ve been practising well and it’s a matter of time before something comes together.” – Eoin Morgan after Kolkata’s 18-run loss to CSK
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson(w/c), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh
When: Saturday, April 24, 2021
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 RR vs KKR START?
The IPL 2021’s 18th match between Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders begins at 7:30 PM IST at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
WHERE TO WATCH IPL MATCH RR vs KKR LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be shown Live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will be streamed live on Hotstar.