KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will play table toppers Rajasthan Royals in their 3rd league match of the Indian Premier League, IPL 2020. The match will be played tonight at 7 30 pm at the Dubai International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. This will be the first match for both the teams in Dubai.
First, let us look at the Dubai Pitch Report from a Dream11 fantasy points perspective
KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Predictions: 6 Team recommendations
KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction: Dubai International Stadium Pitch Report and Analysis
Before that, neither team has played in Dubai and both will struggle a little to come to terms with the ground. Unlike Sharjah which has been a heavy scoring ground, Dubai has been moderate.
A total of 5 matches have been played this season at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Average Fantasy Points by batsmen in 1st Innings 46
Average Fantasy Points by batsmen in 2nd Innings (Chasing): 36
In Dubai, Batsmen in the first innings are scoring much higher fantasy points than batsmen who are chasing runs. So when you are creating your team, definitely have more batsmen from the team that is batting first
Let us look at bowling
Average Fantasy Points by Bowlers in 2nd innings (Defending): 43
Average Fantasy Points by Bowlers in 1st Innings : 23
In Dubai, Bowlers in the second innings are scoring much higher fantasy points than bowlers who are bowling in the first innings. So when you are creating a team, definitely have more bowlers from the team that is batting first
The same formula applies to all rounders as well. All rounders have scored 10 fantasy points more if they were from the team batting first.
In all 5 matches played so far in Dubai in IPL 2020, 7 out of 11 players in the Dream11 team were from the team that batted first
KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction: Top performing players
Other plays to consider in RR to take advantage of team batting first include Shreyas Gopal and Ankit Rajpoot who are both bowlers. However, Ankit Rajpoot may be replaced in this game.
Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat and Robin Uthappa did not have great outings so far and could be dropped for this game.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have not batted first in this season so far
Jos Buttler had a poor start but cannot be written off after one match.
Other plays to consider in KKR to take advantage of team batting first include Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy
Who else may play today?
On Dream11, Varun Aaron from Rajasthan Royals is trending. Given the non-performers in both teams, expect 1-2 players in each team to play their first IPL 2020 match today. It will be wise to include a player from the team batting first.
Overall, we would recommend, 7 players to be finalised before hand - Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine. The rest 4 can be decided after toss is complete.
RR vs KKR Dream11 Team Prediction: Captaincy recommendations
Steve Smith would be the number 1 captaincy choice as he is a versatile batsman who can play in many conditions. Jofra Archer is a good vice captain choice. Other combinations to consider
All our recommendations are data driven but cricket is an unpredictable game and it may not always be possible to predict everything accurately.