This is the first time this season that both Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be playing here, having played only at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively until now. The challenge will be steeper for Rajasthan for both their games have been on a ground with very small boundaries in comparison, and the key for them will be to adapt to the bigger ones that Dubai and Abu Dhabi will offer where the majority of their games will be played going forward.
Two two wins in two games, passing 200 each time, will have kept the morale high in Rajasthan’s camp. But it’ll come down to adapting to the conditions in Dubai. The ball hasn’t swung as much as teams would’ve liked, and the spinners will come into play a lot more than they did in Sharjah.
Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, bounced back well against Sunrisers Hyderabad after the slow start against Mumbai Indians. While the batsmen came good with Shubman Gill leading the way at the top, Eoin Morgan stood tall as the finisher. Against SRH, they also used as many as eight bowlers with enough variety at their disposal. However, they will be concerned about Kuldeep Yadav’s form.
Rajasthan have their own set of concerns. Jaydev Unadkat, who hasn’t returned a wicket so far this season, didn’t complete his his quota of four against Punjab. Jos Buttler, who only returned last game for them, has had a string of low scores even coming into the tournament. Rajasthan also left out opener Yashasvi Jaiswal just after the one game. While that may have seemed harsh, they are getting close to their ideal line-up for the tournament, if this set-up clicks. How they fare on a bigger ground in their first game away from Sharjah will dictate a lot of their plans going forward.
By the looks of it both teams are looking to find their best eleven and they are close to it so it will be a game of equals in Dubai still RR looks ahead a tad bit but let’s see.