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IPL 2021, KKR vs RR Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders look all but seal play-off spot with win

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IPL 2021, KKR vs RR: Eoin Morgan will look to score two points in favor of Sanju Samson.© BCCI/IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has reached its climax and like most seasons, the play-off spot is still not confirmed. While three teams have crossed it, the battle for the last spot is on and Kolkata Knight Riders are currently in the best position to make the cut. But for all this to be certain, Eoin Morgan’s team needs to beat Rajasthan Royals in their last league outing. A win would not only take KKR to 14 points but also make it extremely difficult for Mumbai Indians to drop them as they have a better run-rate.

Rajasthan Royals had a chance to make it a virtual knock-out but lost their chance after a massive defeat against MI in their last outing. Sanju Samson’s team faces a tall order as their net-run rate situation after the last loss is such that even a win of huge proportions cannot help them qualify. But if they win, it will open doors for MI to win their last match and qualify.

Morgan’s men have done well in the second half of the tournament, and should get the job done on Thursday. Young Venkatesh Iyer is at the top of the order with his explosive style. He will however have to watch out for the sluggish track in Sharjah. Batsmen like Morgan and Dinesh Karthik will also have to rise above the bat on this occasion. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi will be the linchpins in the middle overs and a strong foundation by these guys could help Andre Russell get big shots at the back end of the innings in Sunil Naril’s company.

Apart from Naren’s batting, it will be his spin on a difficult surface in Sharjah that KKR will rely on. The pair of Varun Chakraborty and Naren will have to improve the pair of Samson, Yashvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis to keep Rajasthan’s batting intact.

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Royals will be struggling with their poor batting performance against MI and KKR have the required arsenal to subdue them further.

It is all up to play as the outcome of this match will not only decide the fate of these two teams, but will also give the defending champions Mumbai Indians an idea of ​​what they should do in their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad so that they can play this game. to enter the match. play-off.

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