IPL season 11 is about to end, and we have all 4 teams for playoffs. Eliminators and qualifiers are beginning, and the matches will be interesting to watch. Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals are meeting for the Eliminator on 23rd May at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The match will be a nail-biting one. The stakes are high as the winner will get a chance to play qualifier 2 and loser will be out of the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders will look forward to continuing their winning streak. They have been in good form in this season and are enjoying the momentum under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. The amazing batting line-up comprises Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Rinku Singh and Robin Uthappa. There is stability in the squad with the presence of all-rounders like Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Shivam Mavi. The bowlers are highly skilled, and the best ones include Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Mitchell Johnson.
Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoffs because Kings XI Punjab could not win their last match. They have proved to be better than other teams but need to pull their socks up to win this do or die match. Rajasthan Royals have some powerful batsmen like the captain Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Gopal, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi and D’Arcy Short. Though, they will miss services of Jos Butler who has left for his national service along with Ben Stokes. The all-rounders like Gowtham, Jofra Archer, and Stuart Binny serve both the roles well. All the skilled bowlers like Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, and Jaydev Unadkat are set to take wickets at crucial points. The team is strong, but players often go out of form.
It will be a do-or-die-match for both the teams, and they need to use their best players and strategies on the field. Since it is the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders, and they are in an amazing form, they have more chances of winning this game.