Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) to square off against each other in the virtual quarter-final where the stakes are high at the historic Eden Garden on May 23 (Wednesday).
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Meanwhile, KKR, as a unit has not only beaten the Royals twice this season but they also on a three-match winning run that helped them finish third in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL), points table.
KKR also have more experience when it comes to handling the pressure of playing in the knockout phase. Apart from making it to the playoffs for the sixth time, KKR claimed IPL title twice. Royals, on the other hand, have won the IPL once and have made the knockout phase for the third time.
Royals, however, deserve much credit for having overcome a sluggish start to make the playoffs on their return to IPL after serving a two-season ban.
However, they will miss the English duo of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who joined the England team last week.
Moreover, it will be an evenly contested match with both teams having some quality players in their ranks.
According to Accuweather, there are chances of heavy rain in the afternoon from 12 PM where the number goes around 51 percent.
Practice sessions of both teams had to be cancelled on Tuesday (May 22) because of a sharp shower lashing the city. The management will of both the teams will keep an eye on the sky as there is a possibility of rain playing spoilsport in Wednesday’s Eliminator too.
Moreover, there will cloud cover during the full duration of the game. The groundsmen will have to be on their toes.
Meanwhile, the dew is likely to play its part with the number ranging between 25 and 26. Hence, the side batting second may have the advantage.
Hourly weather details: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals –