With Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knightriders sitting on the same points, separated only by net run rate, a win for either side could see them seal their playoff spot and leave the other behind in their dust.
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From 17 encounters, RR holds the upper hand with 9 wins and 7 defeats at the hands of KKR in IPL.
For the visitors, a win is the need of the hour and just like the home side, they need to win their next two ties so as to decide their own fate.
Starting at the stroke of 8:00 PM IST, the live match from the Eden Gardens Kolkata will telecast live on Star Sports Network, the official broadcast partner of the tournament.
Rajasthan were slow to get off the blocks and nearly put themselves out of reckoning before some individual brilliance from England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler catapulted them back into reckoning. In April, when he batted in the middle order, Buttler's Smart Strike Rate - a metric which takes into account the match strike rate and the scoring rate at the other end when he was batting - was a mere 114.72.
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Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C and wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, M Prasidh Krishna. Just one spot is likely to be debated in the team meeting but it's highly likely they will go in with an unchanged XI.
The Knight Riders knew that they had to win against Kings XI Punjab to stay in contention for the playoffs, and also they had to win the game in a mighty fashion after their dismal loss against Mumbai. Narine slammed 75 off 36 balls, while Karthik smashed a 23-ball 50 in their big total in Indore.
Buttler hit six boundaries in an over for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on the day he was recalled to England's Test squad. The Mumbai skipper has been dismissed for a golden duck three times this season and bar two knocks of 94 and 56 against Royal Challengers and Kings XI respectively, the India ODI vice-captain has flattered to deceive. Narine's battle with Buttler will be one of the key contests of the game.
RR have lost their last five IPL games at the Eden with their only win here coming in 2008.
Ravichandran Ashwin-led KXIP will also be keenly following today's match as his team too has 12 points and is now at the fifth position with a Net Run Rate of -0.518. RR, with the kind of form they are in, are more than capable of hurting KKR's bouncebackability. The result for this match is extremely hard to predict as both teams will give it their all to ensure a Play-offs berth.
"All the games are crucial for us". (First up) play well tomorrow, try and get away with a win and then worry about the other game.