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IPL 2021, RR vs KKR Playing XI: Unadkat, Jaiswal in for Royals, Mavi in for Knights

IPL 2021, RR vs KKR Playing XI: Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai on Saturday. Both teams have won just once in their four opening clashes.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: April 24, 2021 7:26:58 pm
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IPL 2021, RR vs KKR Playing XI: Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and elected to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

RR have brought in Yashaswi Jaiswal and Jaydev Unadkat and left out Shreyas Gopal and Manan Vohra. KKR have replaced Kamlesh Nagarkoti with Shivam Mavi. Both the teams have lost three matches each out of the four they have played.

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Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Eoin Morgan (C), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna

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IPL 2021, RR vs KKR Playing XI:

19:25 (IST)24 Apr 2021
RR vs KKR: Five minutes to go...

Kolkata are set to open the first innings in few minutes. Follow all the live commentary of the IPL 2021 contest here.

19:07 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Eoin Morgan at toss

We would have liked to bowl first. We did see a game the other night where 220 was enough. Hopefully, we can rectify our mistakes today. It was a great game of cricket. The character the guys showed was amazing from the position we were in. We have one change, Mavi comes in for Nagarkoti.

19:06 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Playing XIs

KKR XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna

RR XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

19:02 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Toss Update

Sanju Samson wins toss, elects to field first. Samson almost forgot the second change in the team. As expected, Yashasvi Jaiswal in for an out-of-form Manan Vohra and Jaydev Unadkat replaces Shreyas Gopal. 

18:35 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Where will Narine bat?

Sunil Narine was impressive with the ball in his first game of the season. However, he was sent in the middle order. Will KKR trust Narine again to open the innings and attack in powerplay overs?

17:59 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Mavi's record against Samson

Sanju Samson is struggling with his form after the first game but can be dangerous for the opposition once he plays himself in. KKR's Shivam Mavi has dismissed Samson thrice in just 12 deliveries. Mavi can replace Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the side. Nagarkoti was expensive against CSK in the previous game.

17:34 (IST)24 Apr 2021
KKR Predicted XI

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

17:11 (IST)24 Apr 2021
RR Predicted XI

Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

16:36 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Who will replace Archer?

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. He was seen bowling in the nets but will not play for Rajasthan Royals this season. Royals may look to replace him with overseas players like Sheldon Cottrell, Blair Tickner, Mitchell McClenaghan, Oshane Thomas, Matt Henry and others. 

16:02 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Head-to-head

KKR have beaten RR 12 times out of 22 games they have gone up against each other. The two-game lead by KKR was gained after the last season where they won both of their games against RR.

15:34 (IST)24 Apr 2021
What happened last season?

Rajasthan Royals lost both their games against Kolkata Knight Riders last year. They were unable to chase down 175 and 192 in the two games. Eoin Morgan was in good form against the Royals delivering with a cameo in the first game and a half-century in the second. Morgan has struggled so far in the tournament. His past record against Royals may give him some confidence. 

15:13 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Will Nagarkoti get another chance?

Young speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti leaked runs in his first game of the season. Will he get another chance to prove himself or KKR will try to bolster their batting lineup by adding an extra batter? Gurkeerat Singh Mann can be an option KKR can consider. Opener Nitish Rana is also capable of delivering a couple of overs in the middle, especially when two left-handed batsmen are operating. 

14:23 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Will Markande get a chance?

Shreyas Gopal was taken on the cleaners in the previous match against RCB. RR have another leg-spinner in their ranks, Mayank Markande. The young leg spinner was a revelation in his first IPL season taking 15 wickets in 14 games. RR may give a chance to Markande considering his experience bowling in MI's homeground. 

13:54 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Jaiswal's time to shine?

Rajasthan Royals opener Manan Vohra has struggled in the middle and one of the main reasons why the team has not got good starts even when they are playing on batting-friendly pitches. RR may replace Vohra with Yashasvi Jaiswal. The left-handed opener plays for Mumbai and Wankhede Stadium is his homeground. Jaiswal can provide stability in the top order while other batsmen come and increase the scoring rate. 

13:27 (IST)24 Apr 2021
Rise of Cummins

The rise of Pat Cummins as a batsman in their 18-run defeat to CSK will provide a big boost but it can’t paper over the failure of their star batsmen, who have floundered even while chasing even modest target. The seamers too have leaked runs in the death overs.

13:09 (IST)24 Apr 2021
KKR hope to revive

Facing bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals, who have been the most inconsistent team so far in the season, KKR will be desperate for a turnaround. KKR, led by England’s World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan, have so far failed to come together as a unit and slipped to sixth in the table after starting the tournament on a high against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

12:24 (IST)24 Apr 2021
RR vs KKR

A desperate Kolkata Knight Riders will look to bring their campaign back on track after a hattrick of defeats when they face a beleaguered Rajasthan Royals in their IPL clash on Saturday.

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