The Royals face off against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an encounter that sees both sides struggling with issues of inconsistency after having a flying start to the tournament. Both teams are well aware of the fact that the other teams around them have started to build a cushion between them and the chasing pack, so both teams will be aware of the circumstances that follow if they keep on losing ground after every loss. They have been playing some good cricket but will now want to be more consistent.
With both the teams preferring an aggressive style of live cricket, it will be a rather fun encounter to watch with power hitters from both teams eager to get going.
After a start that encouraged their credentials as favorites in the tournament, the Royals have seemed to hit some sort of a wall. The defeat against the Titans in their last game underlined the seemingly immense overdependence on Jos Buttler, who more often than not seems to deliver.
The likes of Padikkal and Samson have all got starts but have been guilty of throwing their wickets away in key junctures of the game. The batting order will have to fire as a unit, rather than capitulating at key intervals if they have to alleviate some pressure on Buttler. The bowling has more often than not delivered whenever they have been asked, and against an opponent like the Knight Riders, they will have to stay on top of their game again.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Another team that has seemed to be stuck in a sort of rut, after having a promising start to the tournament. The aggressive cricket, which has been the very reason for their victories, has also been the reason for their downfall, with none of the batsmen unable to stay put on one end and ensure that they stay throughout the innings.
Captain Shreyas Iyer has spoken about the team being “Drained”, and that has shown in their performances off late. They will have to find a source of rejuvenation and get back to winning ways as quickly as possible because in a competition as close as this year’s IPL, every mistake is being pounced at an instant, and KKR would not want to give other teams a sniff.
Kolkata just about edge the Head-to-Head, winning 13 out of the 25 games played between the two, with the Royals winning 11, and 1 no result.
With both sides coming on the back of heavy defeats in their previous games, the team that dominates the early exchanges will have the advantage. Expect the Royals to be slight favorites over the Knights.
Date and Time
18th April 2022 (Monday) at 7:30 pm
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.