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Cricket Free Tips | IPL 2021, Match 18: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

The match 18 of the IPL 2021 will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, played between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. The match will be kicked off on 24th April (Saturday) at 20:00 (GMT+6).

Rajasthan Royals come into this match with a two-match losing streak in this year’s IPL. They will play against Kolkata Knight Riders, who have lost three matches in a row. Rajasthan Royals is ranked at eighth place, while Kolkata Knight Riders is at sixth place, with both sides on 2 points.

Rajasthan Royals were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 wickets in their most recent game. With a 32-ball 46, Shivam Dube hit the most runs for Rajasthan Royals. If the team aims to win this match, they will need to put up a more competitive total with the bat. Thus far, only David Miller (64) and Sanju Samson (119) have gone past 50.

Kolkata Knight Riders has had some poor performance as well, but they did manage to past 202 in their loss to Chennai Super Kings, with Pat Cummins top scoring with 66. However, the team needs their top order to fire. Just 28 runs were scored by  their first five batsmen when faced against Chennai Super Kings. They’ll be a handful for any side if their batsmen can put up significant totals and Pat Cummins can produce with the ball.

Weather
During the match, it was mostly cloudy with temperatures staying around 31 to 29 Degrees Celsius.

Pitch
The most matches played in Mumbai have seen scores reaching the 200 mark. It has not been difficult to score runs, but both pace and spin bowlers have great performance as well.

Probable Playing XIs

Rajasthan Royals:
Sanju Samson (c) (wk), David Miller, Jos Buttler, Chris Morris, Manan Vohra, Shreyas Gopal, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mustafizur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Prasidh Krishna, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Match 18, Dream 11:
Jos Buttler (C), Andre Russell (VC), Nitesh Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Chetan Sakariya

Prediction

Match winner 
Kolkata Knight Riders

Winning the toss
Kolkata Knight Riders

Top Batsman
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Nitish Rana (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Top Bowler 
Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals), Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Most Sixes  
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals), Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Player of the Match 
Andre Russell

Team Scores Batting First
Rajasthan Royals 160+, Kolkata Knight Riders 180+

Neither side can afford to lose this match, and both will fancy their opportunity of breaking their losing streak. It all comes down to which side is in the least worst form and who can drag themselves to win. According to our cricket expert’s predictions, the Kolkata Knight Riders, led by Eoin Morgan, will triumph in this match. Let’s place your bets now on baji.live!

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