Rajasthan Royals will now in a situation where they must win their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders and pray for other teams result to go into their favor. For this situation they have only themselves to blame because they have got several opportunities in their earlier games but their batsman let them down.
Rajasthan Royals batsman failed on quite occasion to even chase down 140 runs target and that is the main worry for them. They rely heavily on Yusuf Pathan and Graeme Smith to do the bulk of scoring for them and once these two got out cheaply they struggled to score runs in the middle and late overs.
Injuries and the absence of some of last year's key players (Shane Watson) have affected Royals' progress this season. They have won six of their 13 matches with an equal number of defeats against their name.
With 13 points in their bag they must beat Kolkata Knight Riders to keep their hopes alive of making it to the last four. Though Rajsthan Royals fortune will still depends on other games result.
On other hand Kolkata Knight Riders is flying high on confidence after beating Chennai Super Kings in their last encounter and would love to end the IPL season two on winning note to give their fans something to cheer.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain McCullum's is in good form with the bat and that will be worrying news for Shane Warne, who himself is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Rajasthan Royals will hope that at least in today’s game Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan able to put runs on the board. South Africa skipper Smith has had an inconsistent tournament so far and would be keen to set things right in today’s game.
Rajasthan bowling looks more settled than their batting and if they bowl first they would like to restrict the opposition below 140 to make their batsman jobs easier.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 16:00 PM India Time on 20th Of May)
Rajasthan Royals: Rob Quiney, Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Johan Botha, Naman Ojha (WK), Shane Warne (Captain), Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Munaf Patel.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Laxmi Shukla, Ajit Agarkar, Charl Langeveldt, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda, Shoaib Shaikh.