Desperate Knight Riders running out of time | PunterPolls Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves racing the clock as time runs out on their bid to make it to the playoffs. With just three wins in 10 matches, Knight Riders risk finishing in the bottom half of the table unless they win every game from here on, including the one on Friday against Rajasthan Royals.
Knight Riders have enough firepower in their line-up to create a final surge. But their biggest hurdle, against Royals and the other teams, has been inconsistency. They've had few days when the batting and bowling has clicked together and the failure of marquee players has dragged them down further. But Knight Riders will hope the side that takes the field on Friday can feed off the enthusiasm and support of the loyal home crowd.
Royals need this win as badly as Knight Riders. They've been poor travellers this season and as the competition for the playoff spots heads for a logjam, a win here could give them some breathing space and possibly the momentum to open up a gap of a few points.
Fortunately for Royals, they have players who have stepped up to the challenges thrown their way. The batting looks settled in spite of captain Rahul Dravid's changes in the batting order. Shane Watson's return to form and contributions from players like Dishant Yagnik, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson and James Faulkner have helped them beat more fancied teams and they are more than capable of springing a surprise on Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders does have strength to beat any team in the tournament but in every match they are facing some different problems. Their team combination is biggest problem. In their last match, we have mentioned how useless Yusuf Pathan is, and we are infact shocked that he is getting preference over the Manoj Tiwary. Gambhir is not using him for bowling and he is not a better fielder at all, as far as Yusuf's batting is concern, according to me he don't know how to hold the bat. They have done good move of dropping Senaneyeke in the last encounter against the Daredevils but then their batting fails.
As far as Rajasthan is concern, All players in this team are contributing one or another way. This team is perfect combination of experience and youth. By this time Royals been supported by 56% of punters and why not, they have registered a win against RCB and MI in the recent matches they have played at their home ground. But they are struggling in away games and this is what we can say advantage for KKR.
According to the conditions, both team would like to chase the target on this pitch. KKR have already lost their first encounter against the Rajasthan and according to our experts KKR team is not to repeat the same mistake twice. So we are with Kolkata Knight Riders today
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Match 47: KKR v Royals, 3 May
- Rajasthan Royals (54% Votes)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (46% Votes)