IPL 2018: Match preview of Rajasthan and Kolkata
Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata will host Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan at the Eden Gardens stadium on Tuesday.
Hyderabad and Chennai have already qualified for the play-offs and the fight is for the other two empty spots.
No doubt Kolkata won the previous match but the team lacks consistency especially the team's performance in previous few clashes.
The team is hugely dependent on the overseas trio of Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell. Although, skipper Dinesh Karthik has bailed the team out in most of the crucial situations.
Robin Uthappa has been on and off, also Shubman Gill hasn't played a match-winning inning so far.
Eden Garden stadium is a batsmen paradise, hence, a high scoring match is expected between Kolkata and Rajasthan.
On the other hand, even Rajasthan have faced issues with middle batting order but the team has bounced back in the ongoing tournament and emerging as one of the top contenders to march past into the play-off.
All thanks to the star batsman Jos Buttler, Rajasthan have won the previous three matches and currently riding high on confidence.
The pitch will support the spinners and little bit showers are expected at the Eden Gardens stadium.
Playing XI (TBC):
Kolkata: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi and Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna.
Rajasthan: D'Arcy Short, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.