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Last updated: 18 May 2024
Siddhu Bharadwaj 18 May 2024
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  • Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match predictions to be played in Guwahati on Sunday, May 19 at 7:30pm IST
  • Rajasthan lost their last 4 matches
  • Kolkata won their last 4 matches
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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Can the Knight Riders boss the Royals before the playoffs and get some momentum? (Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders


It’s a top-of-the-table clash and perhaps a precursor to what’s likely to come in the first qualifier as the Kolkata Knight Riders travel east to play the Rajasthan Royals. This will be the last league game of the regular season and will be played at the Barspara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.
  • Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Head to Head
  • Rajasthan Royals Form
  • Rajasthan Royals Team News
  • Kolkata Knight Riders Form
  • Kolkata Knight Riders Team News

There’s every possibility that these two teams may meet on Tuesday in the first qualifier if the Royals can hold on to their second place. Their recent form is iffy, though, and the Knight Riders hold all the aces in this match. I am backing the Knight Riders to win.

  • Rajasthan Royals have lost their last 4 matches (IPL)
  • Knight Riders have won their last 4 completed matches (IPL)
  • Rajasthan Royals lost 2 of their last 3 matches at this venue (IPL)

Head to Head


This will be the 29th match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders. It’s a dead heat so far, as both teams have won 14 matches each.

When the sides met earlier in the season in Kolkata, it was a two-wicket win for the Royals. Sunil Narine smashed 109 off 56 balls to help the Knight Riders score 223 for 6. The Royals were behind in the chase, but Jos Buttler (107 off 60 balls) stayed till the end to win off the last ball.

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Royals are second in the standings with 16 points and have already qualified for the playoffs. They could be upstaged in second place by the Sunrisers if Rajasthan loses here.

Recent form has been dire for the Royals, who have lost their last four matches in a row. That included a five-wicket loss to the Punjab Kings at this venue last Wednesday.

Riyan Parag (531) and Sanju Samson (504) remain their best batters, but the Royals will hope for more impact from their struggling opener, Yashasvi Jaiswal. Yuzvendra Chahal (17) continues to lead their wicket tally.

Rajasthan Royals Team News


Jos Buttler has returned home for national duty, and the Royals are still searching for a replacement, with Kohler-Cadmore playing last time.

Kolkata Knight Riders Form


The Kolkata Knight Riders are at the top of the standings with 19 points and have already confirmed their place in the playoffs as leaders. They are set to play in the first qualifier on Tuesday, either against the Royals or against the Sunrisers.

Their last match against the Gujarat Titans was abandoned without even toss taking place, but the Knight Riders have won four matches in a row prior to that.

Sunil Narine (461 runs, 15 wickets) continues to lead Kolkata with both bat and ball, giving them a distinct advantage. Varun Chakaravarthy (18 wickets) has had a great season with the ball, being one of the four bowlers to take at least 15 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team News


Phil Salt has left the squad to report for national duty, which could open the doors for Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

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What time does Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders start?

This Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders match is being played at the Barspara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati at 7:30pm IST on Sunday, May 19.

Verdict

The Royals have lost their way a bit, and even if they manage to lift themselves here, the Knight Riders will await them in the first qualifier again. Things could get interesting, as both teams could see them as a trailer before the big match. I am backing the Knight Riders to win.

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