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KKR vs RR, IPL 20: Andre Russell in for Kolkata

KKR vs RR, IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals fight to remain alive in the Indian Premier League 2020.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 2, 2020 9:15:50 am
kkr vs rrKKR vs RR Predicted Playing 11, IPL 2020 Live Update: Choose captain and vice-captain. (BCCI/IPL)

It’s the final doubleheader weekend and the final game of the IPL. It’s been a topsy turvy ride for Rajasthan, and now with the race for the top four wide open, Steve Smith’s men would like to continue their winning momentum and set the stage alight with another win. Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in what is the final league clash for both sides with a lot on the line. Both teams are locked on twelve points and have a do or die battle on their hands.

The Royals are back in Dubai for the decider after a good run at Abu Dhabi. Steve Smith and his side would feel confident of continuing their run at the venue having played some good cricket in some tightly contested matches previously. The Knight Riders are still in the race for the final four despite losing out in their previous two games. This will be the Knight’s third game in Dubai and they will be looking for a quick turn-around having lost a close one against the Super Kings last time around.

Live Blog

KKR vs RR Predicted Playing 11, IPL 2020 Live Updates:

19:07 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Big News:

Andre Russell is back. Lockie is out. Rinku Singh misses out and Shivam Mavi comes in.

19:06 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI):

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

19:06 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI):

Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi

19:03 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Toss Update:

Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field

18:47 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Word from the Camp

Ben Stokes: “We’ll be going in with a positive mindset in the final game. Obviously, we’ll look for the win in Dubai, KKR are a good side and we’ll have to play well and play with intent to beat them. It’s probably going to go down to the wire, the race for the final four, we’ve just got to believe in ourselves, play positively, and carry the momentum we have.”

17:44 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The Big Talking Point

The Royals are coming off an impressive win against the Kings. A performance which saw all departments chip in with vital contributions, making the chase look relatively straight forward. The men in pink would hope to carry the momentum and put on another team effort to upstage the Knights at the ring of fire in Dubai.he Big Talking Point

17:15 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Second Match of the Day

Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in what is the final league clash for both sides with a lot on the line. Both teams are locked on twelve points and have a do or die battle on their hands.

16:10 (IST)01 Nov 2020
CSK fans rejoice
15:05 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI):

KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami

15:05 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI):

Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

15:01 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Toss!

Chennai Super Kings win toss, elect to bowl first.  

14:23 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Six IPL teams in race for three play-off spots

Having already qualified for the playoffs before Saturday’s match, and by thrashing Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians made sure of top spot and two chances of making the IPL final. But what about the other teams. [Find Out

13:46 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Probable XIs

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma/Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi 

13:33 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Mood in CSK camp!

Meanwhile, for CSK, 23-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad has shown a lot of spark, notching up back-to-back fifties to set up the wins against RCB and KKR. Ravindra Jadeja has been in fantastic form, smashing boundaries and sixes towards the end of the innings.

The CSK bowling unit, boosted by the inclusion of New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santer, has done well in the previous two outings and will look to keep the momentum going. 

13:14 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Sign of concern for KXIP!

KXIP’s bowling has been instrumental in their recent wins. However, against the Royals they leaked runs and were unable to pick wickets and skipper Rahul will hope his bowlers will be on top of their game against a CSK side, which cruised to a 10-wicket win in their previous meeting.  

12:49 (IST)01 Nov 2020
KXIP batting prowess

With skipper Rahul, the leading run-scorer of the tournament, and the flamboyant Chris Gayle coming good and the marauding Nicholas Pooran to follow at No 4, KXIP will fancy their chances at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

It remains to be seen if Mayank Agarwal, who has missed three games, returns to the side. 

12:35 (IST)01 Nov 2020
KXIP's chances of making it through

KXIP’s chances of a top four finish took a serious hit after Rajasthan Royals handed them a seven-wicket loss, snapping their impressive five match-winning streak.

The defeat means KXIP’s fate is not solely in their hands as even a win against CSK will not ensure them a play-off spot. The Punjab outfit will need other results to go their way.  

11:51 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Meanwhile!

This is Ravindra Jadeja's best IPL season with the bat - among Indian players, only Hardik Pandya has a better Strike Rate than Jadeja. Contrastingly, it has also been Jadeja's worst season with the ball - with just five wickets to his name. 

11:37 (IST)01 Nov 2020
RR vs KXIP: Highlights

11:21 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Steve Smith on Rajasthan Royals' playoffs hopes

"The season has ebbed and flowed, yes. Would have been nice to have a couple of wins in the middle. We still need to do a bit to make the playoffs, and we need things to go our way."   

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth, Chris Green, Tim Seifert, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Sandeep Warrier

Rajasthan Royals Squad: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Aniruddha Joshi, Tom Curran, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh