IPL 2019 Predictions: KKR vs RR Dream 11 Predictions

Published 04/24/2019, 12:25 PM EDT

On Thursday night, the Rajasthan Royals face off against the Kolkata Knight Riders. This KKR vs RR match is merely for bragging rights as both teams are out of the running for the playoffs for now. However, the Knight Riders stand a reasonable chance of sneaking into the playoffs if they win.


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Tonight’s IPL 2019 match will see KKR with the home crowd backing them and ES will help with the Dream 11 Predictions in case fans are still unsure.

People interested in Dream 11 predictions will likely have a hard time figuring out the perfect 11. But we have it sorted for them. We will provide an extensive detailed analysis helping fill up the perfect 11.


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Team News

The Royals come into this match on the back of a loss to the Kings XI Punjab. Kolkata are in a far worse position, having lost their last five matches. The last loss was against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Predicted Playing 11

Kolkata: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine,  Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier

Rajasthan: Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal

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.

H2H record

In the IPL’s 12 year history, there have been 20 KKR vs RR showdowns with Kolkata barely leading. 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.


Dinesh Karthik goes up against Sanju Samson in this KKR vs RR clash. However, Samson gets the nod in the Dream 11 side, having amassed 239 runs including an unbeaten 102*. He also has a strike rate of 147.53 and he can be a key player in this encounter.


Among the five batsmen, two represent the Rajasthan Royals and three players from the Kolkata Knight Riders. They are, Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane for the Rajasthan team and Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana and Chris Lynn for Kolkata. Smith has a highest score of an unbeaten 73* at a strike rate of 116.60. Rahane on the other end of the scale, boasts of an unbeaten 105* at a strike rate of 140.70.

Kolkata’s Gill has a high score of 65 at a strike rate of 115.78. Rana has been in fine form having smacked an unbeaten 85 and has a strike rate of 151.53, while Lynn has a high score of 82 at a strike rate of 127.53.

All rounders

Two all-rounders make the KKR vs RR list, with Sunil Narine and Andre Russell from the Knight Riders. Narine has 132 runs and 6 wickets at an economy of 7.62. On the other end of the spectrum Russell has 392 runs and 7 wickets to his credit at an economy of 9.27.


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For the bowling trio, the Rajasthan Royals have two players in the KKR vs RR Dream 11 team. They are Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer, while the final spot is taken by Kolkata’s Piyush Chawla. Gopal has 12 wickets at an economy of 7.02. Archer has amassed 11 wickets at an economy of 6.74. Meanwhile, KKR’s Chawla has 6 wickets at an economy of 8.58.

Captain and vice captain


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The one leading this KKR vs RR Dream 11 side is Sanju Samson and Sunil Narine will act as the deputy.



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