IPL 2018 – Match 49: KKR VS RR | Preview, Team News & Top Funtasy11 Picks

KKR VS RR – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 49th match of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

The battle for top four is quite open as we enter the final week of VIVO IPL 2018 ahead of the all-important play-offs. Kolkata Knight Riders will host a rejuvenated Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Monday.

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Kolkata Knight Riders Team News

The Holkar stadium on Saturday witnessed Sunil Narine’s rampage during his 36-ball-75 against Kings XI Punjab. An astronomical knock by skipper Dinesh Karthik later cruised Kolkata Knight Riders to a mammoth 245/6.

Andre Russell too muscled quite a few maximums into the crowd, having rammed the bowlers in quick cameo. However, the KKR bowlers got some similar treatment in the latter half with Punjab reaching the 200-run mark.

Karthik finally got rid of both Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran in order to introduce Javon Searles in the XI against KXIP. The Carribean all-rounder managed to get on strike on the final delivery which he struck for six, while he also bowled a solitary over eventually.    

In all likelihood, Karthik could back the all-rounder against Rajasthan in the upcoming contest. Furthermore, Seamer Prasidh Krishna should continue with the absence of Shivam Mavi.

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

Rajasthan Royals Team News

“Better late than never!” Rajasthan Royals are getting in the groove, having won three games on the trot. Jos Buttler has been exceptional after his promotion up the order.

He proved his mettle at Wankhede as well, smashing an unbeaten 94 off 53 balls against Mumbai Indians. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane too got a bit of grip following a string of low scores.

Ish Sodhi’s untimely injury brought back Darcy Short in the team who yet again had an unforgettable outing in the middle. Ankit Sharma and Prashant Chopra were also dropped for Shreyas Gopal and Dhawal Kulkarni.

Expect no changes in RR playing XI unless Ish Sodhi is deemed fit and makes a comeback.    

Playing XI (Last Match): Jos Buttler (wk), D’Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Top Funtasy Picks

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine – The Caribbean all-rounder has been causing some serious damage to the opposition bowlers with some productive batting in the power play overs. Moreover, his effective bowling makes him the top buy in your team.

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler – The England wicketkeeper has shown some tremendous batting display following his promotion as an opener in the team. He is expected to carry his form forward against KKR.

Punt Pick: Ish Sodhi – Having missed the previous game owing to an injury, the Kiwi spinner is expected to recover for the impending clash.

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