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IPL 2020: RR vs KKR Match 12 Predicted 11 and Key Players

RR vs KKR IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai as we look at the Preview, predicted 11 and key players.

Match Details:

Match 12 RR vs KKR
Location Dubai
Date & Time Wednesday, Sep 30 || 7:30 pm IST

IPL 2020 – RR vs KKR Match Preview:

The last match of September 2020, and we have the high on confidence, Rajasthan Royals taking on Kolkata Knight Riders, who are coming off a fresh win. In IPL 2020 so far, RR have won 2 out of 2, while KKR have lost 1, and won 1.

For Rajasthan Royals, this would be an interesting game. Both their matches so far have been on a pitch that has produced high-scoring matches. How RR batsmen adapt in Dubai would be the key. Meanwhile, their bowlers have conceded more than 200 runs in both the matches, hence, they should feel more confident bowling here.

Kolkata Knight Riders, on the hand, too would be playing for the first time in Dubai. While they are coming-off a fresh win seeing a good performance in all departments, they need their middle-order to perform once again. Meanwhile, they had 8 bowling options against SRH, but might want to add an extra batter on this pitch. 

IPL 2020 RR vs KKR Predicted XIs: 

Rajasthan Royals dropped Yashaswi Jaiswal after just one bad match. That wasn’t expected from a team that generally grooms youngsters. More importantly, they got a bowler, Ankit Rajpoot in place of him, which made their batting look very thin. They might want to persist with the winning combination, but ideally, they should bring-in David Miller for Tom Curran.

IPL 2020 RR vs KKR – Rajasthan Royals Predicted 11:

Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran / David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, and Ankit Rajpoot. 

Just like RR, Kolkata Knight Riders played only 3 pure batsmen in the form of Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, and Eoin Morgan. They too are most-likely to continue with the same team, but ideally should bring in a finisher in the form of Rinku Singh. 

IPL 2020 RR vs KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted 11:

Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, and Varun Chakravarthy.

Key Player Selection:

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, and Nitish Rana. 

On a Sharjah pitch that was a belter for batting, Jos Buttler fell to a cheap and casual shot; thus beginning his IPL 2020 career with a low-score. But, the champion Jos is, the pitch won’t matter to him, and if he is there on the ground for a few balls, expect some fireworks from Jos.

Morgan looked out of sorts in the first match, but played with a lot of confidence in the second match. He hasn’t had the best of IPL performance until 2019, but seeing his form in the second match, this might just be the IPL for him.

Nitish Rana has had starts in both the matches so far, but failed to capitalize on it. By the looks of it, the form isn’t the issue, but the shot selection is. With so many leggies in the squad, Nitish Rana should benefit from it, and that should increase his probability to play well.

All-rounders: Andre Russell and Sunil Narine

Andre Russell has been utilized as the death-overs bowler so far in the tournament by Dinesh Karthik. He has done well in the death, but hasn’t had a good time in the middle with the bat. But, this might just be the match where we would see Russell get a good amount of batting. 

Sunil Narine has been good as a bowler for KKR so far keeping runs in check. While his wickets column might not be that good, he has kept the pressure on, thus helping other bowlers to take the wickets. In batting, he has been used as an opener so far, and if it continues, Narine should be an interesting pick given he would want to amend his two low scores. 

Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Shreyas Gopal, and Jofra Archer

After taking a beating in the first match against MI by bowling a lot of deliveries short, Pat Cummins corrected his length, and bowled just short of a good length. This just shows how a quality bowler adapts to the condition. Given that confidence he must have got from the first match, he isn’t to be missed out in your team. 

Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer are RR’s best bowlers. Both have bowled on batting-friendly wickets so far, but haven’t been bad. Looking at the conditions of Dubai, Gopal’s leg-spin in the middle-overs and Archer’s bowling in the death overs could be a potential threat.    

Captain & Vice-Captain Pick: Jos Buttler and Andre Russell

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