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Here comes Rajesh with his numbers and scenarios again: he says that if Knight Riders score 100, they can afford to lose in 11.1 overs roughly, and stay ahead of Kings. But then, it depends on what exact score Royals make to win.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Liam Livingstone, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 Anuj Rawat, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Shivam Mavi, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
5.30pm So the news is that Royals win the toss and bowl first. Samson: “It has been easy to bowl here. The way the wicket behaved here [the other day] was completely different to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.” Four changes today. From what Samson could remember: Livingstone for Lewis, Unadkat for Gopal, Rawat for Miller, and Morris in for someone. Morgan: “We don’t need to look too far ahead. We are looking forward to the last group game for us.” Ferguson in for Southee.
Even though Kings have now moved up to fifth in the points table after KL Rahul blasted his way to 98* against Chennai Super Kings, our stats expert Rajesh reckons that Knight Riders can lose by about 71 runs while chasing 180 against Royals, and still stay above Kings on net run rate.
As Sruthi Ravindranath’s preview mentions, Knight Riders hold key to their own playoffs fortunes. But remember, Royals are not entirely out yet. And with less than ten minutes to the toss, why don’t you finalise your fantasy teams as well? We are backing Varun and Rana to deliver.
5.15pm This is an important game. And important not just for the two participating sides Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, but also for Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings, since their fate would depend on today’s result. This is Himanshu Agrawal bringing to you the second of the double-header games today, with Sreshth Shah set to join me soon.