Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2024 prediction: Match win, Dream11 and toss

  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals match prediction: KKR to win
  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals toss prediction: KKR to win the toss and field first

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals prediction

  • KKR vs RR date and time: April 16, 7:30 PM IST
  • KKR vs RR venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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KKR vs RR match preview

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face each other in the 31st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the contest.

KKR and RR are currently engaging in a battle for the top spots. Both teams have played some brilliant cricket, having lost only 1 match apiece. They will want to add to their tally of wins as the IPL nears the midway stage.

The Knights and the Royals have faced 28 times since their first meeting back in 2008. KKR have won 14 times while RR ended on the winning side 13 times. One game back in 2014 was abandoned. The Royals beat their opponents by 9 wickets when the two teams last met at the Eden Gardens. In that very game, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored an unbeaten 98 and also made the record for the fastest IPL fifty.

The upcoming KKR vs RR prediction is going to be a closely-fought affair since both teams are in good form.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2024: KKR vs RR
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Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knights currently have the best net run rate of +1.688, which shows how dominating they have been thus far. Shreyas Iyer and Co. lost to Chennai Super Kings after initially winning 3 matches in a row. However, they stormed back to winning ways after beating the Lucknow Super Giants by 8 wickets at the Eden Gardens.

The KKR vs RR prediction will depend a lot on how KKR manage to keep up their momentum while playing at home.

Kolkata Knight Riders Possible 11: Philip Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy

Rajasthan Royals

The Royals, led by Sanju Samson, are sitting pretty on top of the table with 10 points and a net run rate of +0.767 thanks to wins in 5 out of 6 games. After winning 4 games in a row, RR lost to Gujarat Titans by 3 wickets. Thereafter, they beat Punjab Kings by 3 wickets to strengthen their grip atop the table. With RR needing 10 runs off the last 4 overs, Shimron Hetmyer took the attack to Arshdeep Singh and took his team past the finish line.

The outcome of the KKR vs RR prediction will depend on how RR can be a little more dominating than their game against Punjab.

Rajasthan Royals Possible 11: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Tanush Kotian, Keshav Maharaj, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Sen, Yuzvendra Chahal

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Pitch report and expected weather conditions

The pitch in Kolkata is expected to be an excellent one for the batters. However, bowlers will have plenty to work with as shown by Mitchell Starc, who got 2 wickets the other day. Batting is most likely to get easier in the second half of the contest. Scores in the range of 190 and 200 are needed to be on the safer side.

Playing conditions will be hot and humid. There is no chance of rain for the time being. The humidity will be on the higher side with the numbers in the 60s. Temperatures will be around 33 degrees Celsius.

KKR vs RR Dream11 prediction

Our KKR vs RR Dream11 predictions for this match:

  • Wicketkeeper(s): Sanju Samson, Phil Salt
  • Batter(s): Shreyas Iyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • All-rounder(s): Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Riyan Parag
  • Bowler(s): Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Vaibhav Arora
  • Recommended captain: Sunil Narine
  • Recommended vice-captain: Yuzvendra Chahal

We have picked Sunil Narine as the captain of our Dream11 team simply because he is an all-rounder and has contributed heavily for the Knight Riders. In 5 matches, Narine has racked up 167 runs at an average of 33.40 and a strike-rate of 183.51 with a top score of 85 to his name. Narine has also been excellent with the ball as he has an economy rate of 6.75, although he has taken only 5 wickets this season.

Yuzvendra Chahal, the all-time leading wicket-taker in the IPL, has had an impressive time this season with the ball in hand. In 6 matches, the leg-spinner has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.40. He is also nearing the landmark of 200 wickets in the IPL. Against the Knights, Chahal has taken 28 wickets from 21 games with 2 four-wicket hauls.

KKR vs RR match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win

As per the KKR vs RR match prediction, the Knights will start the game as favourites. They have been stupendous at home while the Royals need to be more clinicals while playing away from home.

KKR vs RR toss prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the toss and field first

As per the KKR vs RR toss prediction, teams should opt to field first after winning the toss. Both matches in Kolkata went in favour of the chasing teams and the trend should not change in the next game as well.

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Player of the Match prediction: Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine is one of the strongest contenders to win the Player of the Match award. He has been exceptional across departments for the Knights. Not only has he bowled with a lot of accuracy, but has also taken KKR off to flying starts consistently. Phil Salt, Mitchell Starc, Andre Russell are also in good enough form to take away the award.  

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals betting odds

  • Kolkata Knight Riders odds: 1.851
  • Rajasthan Royals odds: 2.003

The KKR vs RR betting odds are titled towards the Knight Riders since they will be playing at home. But one cannot rule out the Royals by any means.

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