Match 43 of IPL 2019 will be a showdown between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night. KKR and RR lie 6th and 7th in the standings respectively. Both teams have nothing to lose though KKR stand an outside chance of making it into the Top 4 and the playoffs, if they can snap their 5-match losing streak in this KKR vs RR matchup.
In the 12 years that the IPL has been running, there have been 20 KKR vs RR clashes. The Kolkata Knight Riders barely lead the head-to-head statistic. The Knights have clinched 10 wins to Rajasthan’s 9, with only one non-result. Currently, the momentum is with RR, who have won two of the last five games. The highest score statistic goes to RR, having scored 199 to KKR’s 190. The lowest score statistic sees them behind with 81 to Kolkata’s 125.
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Weather and pitch report
The scene for tomorrow night’s KKR vs RR match will be set at the Eden Gardens Stadium. With regard to weather, the temperature will range between 27°C and 30°C. However, there will be significant humidity along with the presence of dew throughout the match.
The Eden Gardens pitch is very friendly for batsmen due to its short boundaries. If bowlers make a mistake in their line and lengths, they will be punished.
Prediction for match result
Both teams head into tomorrow’s game on the back of losses. However, the Knights have a far worse record, having lost all of their last five matches. However, the venue will be at the Eden Gardens, so they will have the home advantage. But Rajasthan have tasted the sweet taste of victory, twice in the last five matches.
This is the second time this season that there will be an KKR vs RR meeting. The Rajasthan home leg of the KKR vs RR tie resulted in the visitors winning.