Struggling Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Saturday (24th April) night during the 18th match of the IPL 2021.
After a fighting 4-run defeat in their season opener against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the high-scoring thriller, Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Capitals (DC) in another thrilling game. But then, they suffered big defeats against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
IPL 2021, Match 18: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders (RR vs KKR) – RR Predicted Playing XI
Jos Buttler (wk)
England cricketer Jos Buttler played one good knock in this IPL 2021 as he scored 49 runs as an opener against CSK but he struggled in the other games. Rajasthan Royals is once again heavily dependent on his batting, especially when Ben Stokes is unavailable in this season.
Youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal can replace struggling opener Manan Vohra for the upcoming IPL 2021 match. While the IPL 2020 was his first IPL season, he scored 40 runs in three matches. This Wankhede Stadium is his home venue in domestic cricket. In recent domestic cricket, he played some useful knocks.
Sanju Samson (C)
Captain Sanju Samson started this IPL 2021 with his incredible one-man show of 119 runs off 63 balls. But then once again he has disappointed with his inconsistency as he scored 4, 1 and 24 runs respectively. The skipper has to play a more consistent role to expect better results from the team.
South African cricketer David Miller started his IPL 2021 journey with the knock of 62 runs, which was his third consecutive half-century in recent times. But since then, he scored 2 and a duck in the next two innings. While Miller is currently in very good form, team management is expecting much stronger performances from him.
Young Mahipal Lomror has played only seven matches in the last three seasons of the IPL where he impressed only once with his 47 runs knock against RCB in the last season. Though he hasn’t played a match yet in this IPL 2021, he was in good form with the bat in recent domestic cricket, especially in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (List A tournament).
In their last match, when Rajasthan Royals’ batting was struggling, Rahul Tewatia scored important 40 runs off 23 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes. He is a strong middle-order batsman who was recently in good form in domestic cricket.
All-rounder Shivam Dube also shined with the bat in their last game when Rajasthan Royals’ batting was struggling as he scored 46 off 32 balls, the highest score for his team in that match. He has bowled only one over in the IPL 2021 where he conceded 20 runs.
All-rounder Shreyas Gopal has played two games in this IPL 2021 where he has failed to pick up a wicket in his six overs and conceded 75 runs. But while Rajasthan Royals have not many big options at present, they can continue Shreyas Gopal in the upcoming match.
The most expensive cricketer in IPL Auction history, South African cricketer Chris Morris has picked up 5 wickets in this IPL 2021 apart from playing a match-winning knock of 36 not out off just 18 balls (4 sixes) against Delhi Capitals. But while the other players are struggling to maintain consistency, Morris is struggling to open up fully in this IPL season.
The left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat started this IPL 2021 with his impressive bowling performance of 4-0-15-3 against Delhi Capitals, where they won that match. Unadkat also played another vital role with the bat in the end as he scored 11 not out off 7 balls and put the 46 runs unbroken partnership with Chris Morris for the eighth wicket. But while he struggled in the next game (4-0-40-0), he was dropped from the last game.
The left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya has taken 6 wickets in this IPL 2021 where he claimed two three-wicket hauls. He is a good quality bowler and can do better if he gets enough support from the other bowlers.
While Rajasthan Royals bowling is struggling at present, Australian pacer Andrew Tye can be useful at this moment who won the Purple Cap in the IPL 2018. In the recent BBL 2020/21, Tye was in good form with the ball.