KKR vs RR Dream11 Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2021 match on Thursday (October 7 which is the most significant in the season for them. A win will virtually assure them a place in the IPL 2021 play-offs after a season full of twists and turns.
Three teams – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – have already assured a place for themselves in the knockouts, and now it is a direct competition between Kolkata and Mumbai Indians for the 4th slot.
MI also have 12 points like the KKR, but the net run rate of defending champions Mumbai is far behind the Kolkatans. A win for KKR against RR ensures them 14 points and an even better net run rate that the Mumbai side will find tough to overhaul and would require a victory by some improbable margin to do so.
But in the case of KKR taste a defeat against the Rajasthan Royals, then Mumbai will go through to the Play-offs if they emerge winner in their last league encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. And in the event of both the teams losing, and Punjab Kings beat Chennai Super Kings then four teams can end up on 12 points.
But even in that eventuality, the Kolkata outfit has a better chance because of a superior net run rate and ensure that even in defeat they do not go down by some massive margin. These are complicated scenarios and the best way to avoid it is to win against the Royals and be in a safer place.
KKR vs RR Match Details:
- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 54
- Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
- Date & Time: October 7th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local time
- Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
KKR vs RR Pitch Report:
It’s a contrasting surface that we are witnessing here in Sharjah, where the bowlers have completely dominated in the 2nd leg of the IPL. The batters have to be on top of their game in order to score more runs here.
KKR vs RR: Weather Report
The weathermen have predicted that the weather will stay clear in Sharjah. As per the forecast, the temperature will hover around 33 to 31 degrees Celsius and with zero chances of rain during the match.
KKR vs RR, Head to Head
In the 24 matches played between these 2 teams, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 12 matches and Rajasthan Royals have won 9 matches. Kolkata Knight Riders Bowlers have earned the most fantasy points for their team, while All-Rounders have earned the most fantasy points for Rajasthan Royals.
KKR vs RR Squads
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer.
KKR vs RR Possible Playing 11
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (Captain), WK, Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi.
Top Picks for KKR vs RR Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
Shubman Gill played a sensible knock of 57 runs from 51 deliveries in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he was awarded as the player of the match for his impressive batting display under tough circumstances.
Evin Lewis is a dangerous customer at the top of the order. In 5 matches in this year’s IPL, he has scored 151 runs at an average of 30.2, with the highest score of 58.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Shakib Al Hasan is the perfect replacement for star all-rounder Andre Russell. He justified his selection by picking up a wicket against Sunrisers Hyderabad at an economy of 5.
Sunil Narine is bowling well in this IPL, and he hardly has given away easy runs. In 10 matches, he has scalped 10 wickets at an excellent economy of 6.42, and has even scored 34 runs with the bat.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Varun Chakravarthy is always a threat for the opposition batters. With his deceptive bowling skills, he has caused a lot of problems in this IPL. In 13 matches in this edition, Chakravarthy has scalped 15 wickets at an economy of 6.73.
Chetan Sakariya is the only Rajasthan Royals bowler to bowl a maiden in this edition of the IPL. In 13 matches so far, he has picked up 13 wickets, with the best figures of 3 for 31.
Top Picks – Wicket Keepers
Sanju Samson had a great journey in this year’s IPL. He has mustered 483 runs in 13 matches at an average of 43.9. Samson would want to end the tournament with a good knock.
Suggested Playing XI for KKR vs RR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Sanju Samson, Evin Lewis, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer (c), Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy (vc), Mustafizur Rahman, or
Sanju Samson (c), Evin Lewis, Nitish Rana, Glenn Phillips, Rahul Tripathi (vc), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Chakravarthy, Chetan Sakariya
KKR vs RR Risky Captaincy Choices:
Nitish Rana has scored runs consistently for Kolkata Knight Riders over the years. He has amassed 335 runs in 12 innings in this IPL at an average of 37.22. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.
Yashasvi Jaiswal is a young talent who has improved a lot this year. In 9 matches in this tournament, he has scored 249 runs at an average of 27.66. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Player you should avoid:
Considering plenty of options available in the batter’s slot, it’s better to avoid David Miller while making your fantasy teams though it’s a tough call.
KKR vs RR Match prediction
The Kolkata Knight Riders have a clear edge in this competition because despite having a good unit the Rajasthan Royals have not shown any consistency and have lost badly to Mumbai Indians in their last match. So, our pick for the match is KKR under Morgan.