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IPL 2021: Match 18- RR vs KKR Preview, Dream 11 Prediction, Report and Live Streaming

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VIVO IPL 2021: RR vs KKR Preview & Dream 11 Prediction

  • Rajasthan Royals have played all their cricket here in the tournament so far and will be better equipped to handle the surface
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have a rather one-dimensional bowling, which could be exploited by hard-hitting RR batsmen
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have a rather one-dimensional bowling, which could be exploited by hard-hitting RR batsmen

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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata knight riders (RRvKKR) : The 17th match of VIVO IPL 2021 will be played between these two teams RRvKKR, The match will begin on 24 April at 7:30 pm IST.

While we are still pretty early in the tournament and a lot of strange things can happen, a loss here could have a deflating impact whereas a win here could go a long way in reviving the winner’s run in this tournament. Comparing the two sides on paper and on-performance, they look evenly matched. However, the fact that the Royals have played all their matches at this venue weighs in their favor. For that reason, placing money on a Royals’ win should be the way to go here.

Rajasthan Royals started the tournament in a flamboyant fashion by almost chasing down a towering total against Kings XI Punjab. Their fans have since then are waiting to see Royals put up a solid batting performance. To add to their woes, Ben Stokes was pushed out of the side due to a hand injury, which pushed Jos Buttler to the top, but he hasn’t really been able to weave his magic yet.

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Before the last match, Rajasthan’s problem was primarily with their batting. However, the Royal Challengers Bangalore highlighted how single-dimensional the Royals’ bowling attack is. With the bat, the Royals have tons of firepower in the middle-order, but that is being utilized more to rebuild the innings than to launch a late assault. Manan Vohra’s form has been disappointing and we expect the Royals to make a change at the top in the upcoming match.

Similar to the Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders are struggling to say the least. Their batting seems to be too over-dependent on Andre Russell to provide impetus to their innings and that is something that the Royals will be looking to take an advantage of. As it stands, KKR are placed at the seventh spot on the ladder with just two points and will be desperately searching for a win.

The Knight Riders are struggling to gather the momentum at the top order with Shubham Gill unable to get off the blocks quickly. Nitish Rana had a delightful start to the competition, but his form has faded after a couple of good knocks. The major disappointment for the Knight Riders has been the lack of runs from the bat of Eoin Morgan, who can ruin any bowling attacks’ plan on his day, but is still to find his midas touch.

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Match details:

Date: April 24, 2021 (Saturday). 
Time: 07:30 PM (IST), 02:00 PM (GMT). 
Venue: Wankhede stadium Mumbai

RR vs KKR: Head to Head:

Rajasthan RoyalsHead to HeadKolkata Knight Riders
10 won23 Matches12 won
81 runsLowest Score125 runs
199 runsHighest Score191 runs
RR vs KKR Head to Head

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Pitch and Weather Conditions:

The pitch at the Wankhede has been a batting beauty. If the team gets off to a decent start and does not lose too many wickets upfront, it can really go hard through the entire inning and make the opposition pay.

The ball comes on nicely to the bat throughout the game. We did see the spinners start to play a role as Moeen Ali got some spin off the surface but neither team has a spinner that puts a lot of revs on the ball.

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TV and live streaming details:

TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP

RR vs KKR Probably XI:


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Batting: The Royals woes at the top with the bat are illustrated with the fact that no team in IPL 2021 has lost more wickets than the Royals in the powerplay. Besides, they are the team with the least run-rate in the same period amongst all teams. Royals do have a lot of options available in the dug-out and a change is certainly coming in this upcoming match.

X-Factor: Buttler, Samson, Miller, Tewatia, Parag, and Sakaria, 

Bowling: With the ball, the Royals have blown hot and cold to say the least. At times, they have appeared to be one of the most resilient teams with the ball and at other times, they have looked listless. Against Punjab and Bangalore, the bowlers were taken away for plenty and we expect some change in this department as well.

Predict XI: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman


Batting: The Knight Riders will take heart from how their lower-order did against Chennai Super Kings as they bounced back from a position of no hope and almost chased down a gigantic total. The presence of Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, and Dinesh Karthik add depth to their batting order.

X-Factor: Andre Russell, Sunil Narayan

Bowling: With the ball, however, Kolkata Knight Riders have been far from impressive. They lack someone with good death bowling skills and that has hurt them in the last couple of matches. We expect them to take a step towards fixing this issue in the upcoming match.

Predict XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narayan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

RR vs KKR Dream 11 Prediction:

RR vs KKR dream 11 Team

Please check the team once when Playing XI Announced.


Captain Options – Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson
Vice-Captain Options – Andre Russell, Sunil Narayan

RR vs KKR Team Prediction: According to the Daily IPL Poll Reports- RR to win

Rajasthan Royals (RR) squad:

Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Squad:

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi

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