Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals
The clash of East vs West of India promises a lot of little battles within the match. KKR, with three titles in their kitty, has an experienced campaigner in Dinesh Karthik at the helm. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals, since winning the inaugural edition in 2008, has shown promise but failed to deliver consistently. A new captain in Steve Smith may be the answer to turning their fortunes around this season.
It will be an exciting contest between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. It has been a treat to watch KKR and RR in the IPL series because of the competition and enthusiasm both these teams display on the field. KKR vs RR matches are incredible because they feature some outstanding players in their line-ups, who are always looking to give their best. It is challenging to predict which team will be more dominant because they are very competitive against each other in every match.
So, now let’s take a closer look at their head to head numbers:
KKR vs RR Head to Head Stats:-
|Total matches||KKR||RR||No result|
They have been playing neck to neck in their previous meetings, both winning ten matches each. They look pretty close on paper too, which always makes for exciting cricket when they face each other. Players to watch out for
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals : -
|Shubhman Gill||Johny Bairstow|
|Andre Russell||Mitchell Marsh|
|Pat Cummins||Rashid khan|
Team Analysis of KKR vs RR 2020 Matches
Both teams have made significant changes this year from the last time by relieving few players and picking up nine players each at this year's auction. Both teams will have to get the mix of their Indian players right, which has been a constant problem with these franchises.
- KKR's young pace battery, including Shivam Mavi and Nagarkoti will be boosted with the addition of Pat Cummins, who was purchased for a whopping price of 15.5 Cr in this year's auction.
- For RR, a lot will ride on Sanju Samson, who has often been unable to live up to his talent.
- KKRs middle order will be boosted with the arrival of Eoin Morgan into the side already boasting of the big Jamaican, Andre Russel.
- English duo Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will strengthen the RR batting line-up with Samson and Steve Smith set to open for them this season.
- Jofra Archer will be crucial in RRs plan for a title challenge this year, with his death bowling holding the key.
- KKR will depend on the spin duo of Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to provide them with the crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs.
The Probable Line-ups for IPL 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders Line-ups
- Sunil Narine
- Shubman Gill
- Nitish Rana
- Eoin Morgan
- Andre Russell
- Dinesh Karthik ( Captain and Wicket Keeper)
- Nikhil Naik
- Pat Cummins
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Sandeep Warrier
- Shivam Mavi
Rajasthan Royals Line-ups
- Steven Smith (Captain)
- Sanju Samson (Wicket Keeper)
- Robin Uthappa
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Jos Buttler
- Riyan Parag
- Shreyas Gopal
- Ben Stokes
- Jofra Archer
- Rahul Tewatia
- Jaydev Unadkat
Let's have a look at KKR and RR’s Squad!
Kolkata Knight Riders
|Batsman||Bowlers||Wicket Keeper||All Rounder|
|Shubman Gill||Sunil Narine||Dinesh Karthik||Andre Russell|
|Nitish Rana||Prasidh Krishna||Tom Banton||Shivam Mavi|
|Eoin Morgan||Lockie Ferguson||Chris Green|
|Siddhesh Lad||Pat Cummins|
|Rinku Singh||Kamlesh Nagarkoti|
|Nikhil Naik||Kuldeep Yadav|
|Rahul Tripathi||Harry Gurney|
|Batsman||Bowlers||Wicket Keeper||All Rounder|
|Manan Vohra||Jayadev Unadkat||Sanju Samson||Ben Stokes|
|Riyan Parag||Oshane Thomas||Jos Buttler||Mahipal Lomlor|
|Shashank Singh||Varun Aaron||Robin Uthappa||Shreyas Gopal|
|Steven Smith||Kartik Tyagi||Anuj Rawat||Tom Curran|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||Andrew Tye||Aniruddha Joshi|
|David Miller||Ankit Rajpoot|
KKR Vs RR IPL results
|1.||2008 IPL||Jaipur||Rajasthan Royals won by 45 runs|
|2.||2008 IPL||Kolkata||Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets|
|3.||2009 IPL||Cape Town||Match Tied (Rajasthan Royals won in the super over)|
|4.||2009 IPL||Durban||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets|
|5.||2010 IPL||Ahmedabad||Rajasthan Royals won by 34 runs|
|6.||2010 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets|
|7.||2011 IPL||Jaipur||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 9 wickets|
|8.||2011 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets|
|9.||2012 IPL||Jaipur||Rajasthan Royals won by 22 runs|
|10.||2012 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets|
|11.||2013 IPL||Jaipur||Rajasthan Royals won by 19 runs|
|12.||2013 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets|
|13.||2014 IPL||Abu Dhabi||Match Tied (Rajasthan Royals won in the super over)|
|14.||2014 IPL||Ahmedabad||Rajasthan Royals won by 10 runs|
|15.||2015 IPL||Mumbai||Rajasthan Royals won by 9 runs|
|16.||2015 IPL||Kolkata||Match abandoned without a ball being bowled|
|17.||2018 IPL||Jaipur||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets|
|18.||2018 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets|
|19.||2018 IPL||Kolkata||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 25 wickets|
|20.||2017 IPL||Jaipur||Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets|
|21.||2018 IPL||Kolkata||Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets|
Both the teams have many talented and experienced players who try to make their mark in each IPL season. Every year, they revamp their squad and get their players more fit and trained, which helps them get better results in every IPL.
According to IPL stats, KKR has won more matches than RR. So, let's see who will continue their IPL league table dominancethis year.