Kol vs Raj match preview and fantasy prediction
Match 54- Preview, Match Details, Pitch & Weather Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Picks
A lot of answers will be answered today when Kolkata takes on Rajasthan in the Ind-T20 league. For numerous times now, Kolkata’s fate has been decided by the net run rate and every time they were ruled out by the slightest of margins. However, this time around, things are slightly better for the men in Purple. Rajasthan on the other hand is in a complicated state and would hope for a miracle in order to qualify for the playoffs.
After the first leg of the tournament, no one really gave a chance to Kolkata. Things suddenly changed when they changed their team combination. The introduction of Iyer into their side has changed the game for them. Also, the form of Tripathi and the spinners has been the deciding factor for the city of joy. Their road to the playoffs is simple. With a win against Rajasthan, Kolkata will qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four years. The pressure is indeed there for taking for the men in purple but captain Morgan has enough experience in his bag to deal with this kind of situation.
After losing against Mumbai, Rajasthan’s campaign is more or less over. On paper they do have chance but in practical, things are very much complicated. In order to qualify for the playoffs, the men in pink and blue, needs to defeat Kolkata by at least 125 runs and then hope Hyderabad to beat Mumbai by at least 40 runs. This is exactly where their dreams will get shattered. Beating a team by a margin of 125 runs in Sharjah, where the pitches are slow and sluggish is an impossible task. They however would want to end the season on a high note and not only give their fans a reason to celebrate but they might also help their “arch-rivals” Mumbai to get some breathing space.
Match: KOL vs RAJ, 54th Match, Indian T20 League 2021
Date: Thursday, October 07, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Pitch & Weather Report
Like mentioned previously, the pitch will be slow and sluggish in nature. The team who’ll win the toss is very much likely to bowl first. Pacers like usual will have a good time in the middle.
The average temperature at Sharjah will be 33 degree Celsius with a humidity of 43%.
KOL vs RAJ Squads
KOL: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Seifert, Varun Chakaravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
RAJ: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Chris Morris, Manan Vohra, Liam Livingstone, Tabraiz Shamsi, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Gerald Coetzee, Akash Singh
KOL vs RAJ Probable XIs
KOL: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy
RAJ: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
With the kind of form Kolkata is in, it should be a straight and simple win for the men in purple. Their team combination has been perfect and finally their team is playing to their full potential. Now, with Russell and Lockie back in the picture, Kolkata should win the match by a comfortable margin.
Rajasthan however can’t be taken lightly. When their backs were stuck on the wall against Chennai, Rajasthan’s young brigade showed why they are one of the dangerous side in the league. Thus, it’s safe to say, that we are going to see a cracker of a game on Thursday evening.
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