Rajasthan Royals have won both of their last two matches against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore despite their star players not firing on all cylinders yet. With this in mind, RR will host a very strong Kolkata Knight Riders unit at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur. A ground with large boundaries and possibly some assistance for the spinners, the SMS stadium might end up playing to the advantage of the visiting team since they are loaded with three high quality spin bowlers. RR will have to out-bowl KKR if they are to win because trying to out-bat them might be an uphill task for the hosts on Wednesday evening.
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On paper, RR look a little vulnerable, especially when they play a strong batting side because their bowling attack doesn’t look all that threatening. Despite the fact that RR shelled out the big bucks for Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat, they haven’t come to the party yet. On the spin front, Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham haven’t been able to instill doubts in the minds of opposition batsmen. The batting though has looked good with Rahane and Samson getting some runs with Short, Buttler and Stokes still to fire.
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Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (WK), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Joffra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Key Fantasy Picks: Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes are likely to be the most effective fantasy picks from the Royals on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR have had a bit of a mixed start to the season with 2 wins in 4 matches played so far. The good news for KKR is that their batting unit is in top gear with almost all batsmen having contributed in one innings or the other. They’ve posted big totals in most of their games and Russell especially has been special. If Lynn, Russell and Uthappa fire in the same innings, it will be difficult to predict how big a total KKR can go on to post. The bowling too looks in good shape led by Sunil Narine and his partners in the spin department – Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav. Nitish Rana’s form has been a positive for KKR as well and they might look at giving Shubman Gill an opportunity higher up in the batting order.
Recent Form: W L L W
Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Key Fantasy Picks: On a big ground like Jaipur, spinners will come in handy and that’s why someone like Sunil Narine will be a key fantasy pick with his ability to score with the bat as well. Andre Russell is always a must-have in your team when KKR play.