Match: Kolkata vs Rajasthan (KOL vs RAJ, Match #47)
Date: May 2, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Kolkata will be hoping to end their five-game losing streak when they play Rajasthan in match 47 of Indian T20 League 2022. The poor form of Venkatesh Iyer, who was Kolkata’s top run-scorer last season, has been one of the major reasons why the losing finalists of 2021 have underperformed this year. Mystery bowler Varun Chakravarthy has also not been able to replicate his performances from last season. Making the playoffs is a big task for Kolkata even if they win all their remaining games from here.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, already have one foot inside the playoffs but will be aiming to win all their remaining league games to finish in the top two. They have won six of their nine games and are currently third in the points table. However, they come into this game on the back of a narrow loss to Mumbai a couple of nights ago.
When Rajasthan and Kolkata met earlier this season, the former won by seven runs after defending 217. Jos Buttler stole the show for a knock of 103 while Yuzvendra Chahal picked up five wickets including a hat-trick.
Ahead of Indian T20 league match 47, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.
KOL vs RAJ, Match 47, Weather Update & Pitch Report
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is very good for batting and it also helps the fast bowlers. The average first innings score here in T20s is 185, while the team batting second has a win percentage of 48.7.
The temperature in Mumbai at the time of the match will be around 30 degrees. No rain has been forecast and we are likely in for an uninterrupted game of cricket.
KOL vs RAJ Injury News and Predicted XI
Kolkata Team news – In the last game, Aaron Finch was brought back into the playing XI in place of Sam Billings, while Baba Indrajith made his debut and kept wickets.
Predicted XI – Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, B Indrajith (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana
Rajasthan Team news – Rajasthan are likely to field the same playing XI as in the previous game.
Predicted XI – Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Daryl Mitchell, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
KOL vs RAJ Head to head record
Kolkata and Rajasthan have played a total of 26 matches in the Indian T20 League. Kolkata have 13 wins while Rajasthan have 12. One game was washed out. In the last five meetings between the two sides, Kolkata lead 3-2. The highest total posted by Kolkata against Rajasthan is 210, while the highest total posted by Rajasthan against Kolkata is 228.
Total games – 26
Kolkata – 13
Rajasthan – 12
No result – 1
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KOL vs RAJ: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 47 (Five players to watch out for)
Top Fantasy Picks for KOL vs RAJ
Andre Russell – All-rounder, Kolkata
Andre Russell has been Kolkata’s trump card for several seasons now. The all-rounder is Kolkata’s second-leading run-scorer with 227 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 175.96 and also the second-leading wicket-taker with ten wickets at a strike rate of 9.4. Russell was dismissed for a duck in his most recent innings and will be looking to make a comeback against Rajasthan. If he gets going, he can help you score a lot of points in your fantasy game with both the bat and ball.
Shreyas Iyer – Batsman, Kolkata
The Kolkata captain is his side’s leading run-scorer with 290 runs in nine games at an average of 36.25. He has two half-centuries against Rajasthan in his last three outings and he done particularly well against the fast bowlers. Iyer is a good pick for your MPL team’s vice-captaincy for this game.
Jos Buttler – Wicketkeeper batsman, Rajasthan
With 566 runs in nine games at an average of 70.75, Jos Buttler is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament. At the Wankhede Stadium, the opener has 471 runs in his last ten innings at an average of 58.88 and a strike rate of 162.98. Having scored a century in the first fixture of this season against Kolkata, Buttler will be high on confidence.
Umesh Yadav – Bowler, Kolkata
Umesh Yadav is Kolkata’s leading wicket-taker this season with 14 scalps in nine games at an economy of 7.27. Nine of those wickets have come at the pace friendly Wankhede Stadium.
Ravichandran Ashwin – All-rounder, Rajasthan
Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up seven wickets in the last four games while also playing important cameos with the bat. Yuzvendra Chahal is another great pick – the spinner is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament currently with 19 wickets in nine matches.
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.