While there will be plenty at stake on Friday for both teams, there are no injury troubles for either outfit as such ahead of the clash at Eden Gardens.
That means both captains are expected to go in with the same line-ups which took to the field in their sides’ last match.
When it comes to the Fantasy League, skipper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounder Andre Russell should be straightforward picks from the Kolkata camp due to the consistency they have shown over the course of the season. Karthik has scored 490 runs at an average of over 54 while Russell has excelled with both bat and ball.
On the other hand, skipper Kane Williamson and leg-spinner Rashid Khan should be great selections when it comes to the Sunrisers camp. Williamson is the leading run-getter for the side with 685 runs from 15 matches while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid has picked up 18 wickets so far at an economy of less than seven runs an over.
Apart from the usual suspects, Knight Riders pacer Prasidh Krishna could also be an astute pick. The 22-year-old has claimed up 10 wickets in six matches and has been sensational in the death overs.
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was included in Sunrisers’ XI for the past two games and has shown glimpses of his talent in patches. He could be due a big one on Friday and could be a smart pick for the Fantasy League.
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9:20pm – Tributes for ABD flood in
South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers announced his shock retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar, Faf du Plessis and others paid tribute to the batsman.
9:00pm – RCB captain Virat Kohli apologises to fans after tournament exit
4:30pm – England struggle at lunch on day one
Alastair Cook closed in on a half-century but England otherwise struggled on the opening morning of the Test series with Pakistan. Read more here.
2:45pm – Joe Root wins the toss and elects to bat first against Pakistan
England’s home season is under way with Pakistan the visitors to Lord’s. England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first. Keep up to date with the game in London with our live scores here.
1:55pm – Virat Kohli to miss Surrey stint
The BCCI have confirmed the Indian ace batsman will not play for Surrey ahead of the England series. Read more on the story here.
12:11pm – Virat Kohli’s participation for Surrey in doubt
The Indian batsman could miss some games for the English county after visiting a hospital in Mumbai. Read more here.
09:31am – Kolkata Knight Riders end Rajasthan Royals’ IPL campaign
In the Eliminator clash of the IPL last night, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs at Eden Gardens. Batting first.
The Knight Riders put up a very gettable 169-7 on the boards (thanks to a late flourish from Andre Russell – 49 off 25) before the Royals, who were in a superb position at 1-109 after 14 overs, simply faded away.
Rajasthan scored just 35 runs off the last 36 balls to finish on 4-144 in their 20 overs, with the main culprit Heinrich Klaasen who scored a turtle-like 18 runs off 18 balls, just when RR needed to open up.
Read more about how this curious clash panned out in our talking points.
KKR now face the impressive Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night for a place in the IPL final while the Rajasthan players probably have a day off before jetting off to their next cricketing engagements around the globe.
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The dark Knights rise
The Rajasthan Royals got the boiling frog treatment from the Kolkata Knight Riders last night.
The Royals were perfectly placed at 1 for 109 after 14 overs with the target of 170 looking very achievable but then KKR slowly turned up the heat and like the poor little frog in the pot RR were slowly boiled alive – not knowing they were done for till it was too late.
Here are our takeaways from the match.
KKR now go on to face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday night, which (luckily for the Knight Riders) will also be played at the fabled Eden Gardens in Kolkata where they don’t lose much.
In other cricket news legend and all round good guy AB De Villiers has announced his shock retirement from international cricket, an announcement that has been met with much consternation across the cricketing world.
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From the Reds side captain Jordan Henderson reveals how an inspirational speech from Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool lost the Europa League final in 2016 sowed the seeds to reach this year’s main event.
Meanwhile in Los Blancos corner the Real Madrid players are full of praise for their coach Zinedine Zidane who is on the cusp of his third consecutive Champions League title.
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Our tennis correspondent Reem Abuleil, currently en route to Paris for the French Open, gives a fascinating insight into how Jelena Ostapenko’s new Australian coach David Taylor is bringing out the best in the fiery French Open champion.
45-year-old Taylor, who previously worked with Sam Stosur and Ana Ivanovic, also reveals how he is amused by this younger generation of tennis players.
“Absolutely no respect for anyone in terms of tennis ability,” says Taylor. “People used to be scared and now that’s completely gone. It’s a striking difference in the generation.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP
Can’t help but be a little sad - not because we lost tonight, but because I leave this champion group of people tomorrow. Have had some of the best times of my life with all my brothers. @rajasthanroyals lives upto the #royalfamily tag. Thanks for accepting me as one of your own! pic.twitter.com/f8rvie0BJK— Ish Sodhi (@ish_sodhi) May 23, 2018
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