Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals: 43rd IPL Match Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals: 43rd IPL Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders come off the back of five successive losses as they take on Rajasthan Royals at home. The Dinesh Karthik-led side has lost each of their last three fixtures at home and appear quite vulnerable even considering the fact that their opposition have had a disastrous campaign so far this year.

Rajasthan Royals have won just three of their 10 matches and despite a change in leadership, they can't seem to completely turn around their fortunes. Kolkata won the last time these two sides met this year and have a distinct advantage at home but recent form does not auger well for them.

Weather and Pitch conditions: Weather is predicted to be pretty clear. Pitch is expected to be lightning quick and good for batting.

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Wicket-keeper: Sanju Samson (9 cr)

Samson's season hasn't quite kicked off the way he would have liked after a ton against Sunrisers Hyderabad but, back in the starting XI after an injury, he might be used at No. 4 and will need to ensure he stays and fires. Given the other keeping option - Dinesh Karthik - has been woefully out of form, Samson is a good choice.

Batsman: Steve Smith (9.5 cr)

Slowly but steadily, Smith is rediscovering his form in the IPL and his improving elbow has helped him play more aerial strokes. Since assuming captaincy, Smith has looked a more responsible captain and has also evidently been working on his strike rate. Coming in at No.

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