After sealing the victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a convincing fashion, Kolkata Knight Riders go up against Rajasthan Royals in the 12th game of the season. The team will face the record-chasers Rajasthan Royals at Dubai International Stadium.
Despite the victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, there are a lot of concerns for Dinesh Karthik. Apart from himself underperforming, he has to solve Andre Russell‘s conundrum. Andre Russell has to be promoted top up the order if they are to reap any benefits.
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At the top of the order, Sunil Narine is not performing like what he used to in the previous two editions. However, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana have rescued in both the games. Eoin Morgan has found his form in a breakthrough season.
Here are the top three picks for Kolkata Knight Riders who can be the game changers against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday:
#1) Eoin Morgan
Despite Shubman Gill playing a stupendous knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was Eoin Morgan who anchored the innings. He not only played with patience but shifted the gear as well at the fag end of the game. Eoin Morgan will be one of the top three picks for Kolkata Knight Riders against the Rajasthan Royals.
After a slow start to his IPL career, the 13th edition is important for England’s skipper. He will be keen to make it count and nail his place in the cash-rich league. Though he failed to help his team against Mumbai Indians, he ably scored unbeaten 42 from 29 deliveries against Sunrisers. Dinesh Karthik will hope the same sort of performances from the left-handed batsman on Wednesday.
#2) Pat Cummins
After Royal Challengers Bangalore not increasing the bid to 16 crores, Kolkata Knight Riders signed the Australian bowling allrounder for a fee worth 15.5 crores in the auction. However, the player is yet to justify his price tag and the game against Rajasthan Royals can be the perfect one.
Against Mumbai Indians, the player was bashed for his poor bowling performance in the first innings. However, he redeemed himself with quickfire 31 which included maximums against Jasprit Bumrah. He looked rusty in the first game but in the second game, he showed why he is brought for a humongous price. He gave just 19 runs in his quota of four overs and picked his first wicket in Kolkata jersey. The team would like to have the same sort of performances from the player as he is one of the top three picks against the Rajasthan Royals.
#3) Dinesh Karthik
The Tamilnadu wicket-keeper batsman is yet to find his mojo in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. He has underperformed in both the games despite promoting himself up the order. Against Sunrisers too, the player was dismissed without troubling the scorers by Rashid Khan. However, writing Dinesh Karthik off will be a blunder by Rajasthan Royals.
The batsman has perfect book shoots which can guarantee him success. His captaincy has been on mark and will be one of the top three picks on Wednesday for KKR. Can he turn the tide at Dubai International Stadium?