IPL 2024: Match 70 (RR vs KKR) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - May 19, 2024 12:36 pm
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The curtains almost fall on the IPL 2024 league stage as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lock horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a high-octane clash at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati (Match 70). This isn’t just a season finale; it’s a potential preview of the first Qualifier next week, with both teams already securing playoff berths.

sanju samson
Sanju Samson

While KKR’s top-two finish is guaranteed, RR needs a win or a favourable outcome in other matches to secure their place in the coveted top bracket. With both teams aiming for a strong finish before the playoffs, this match carries an extra layer of intrigue.

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A win for KKR will solidify their position in the top two, while RR will be desperate for a victory to potentially set up a rematch in the first Qualifier on Tuesday. This encounter provides a valuable opportunity for both teams to assess their strengths and weaknesses before the high-pressure playoffs.

Here are 3 key Player Battles to Watch:

#1 Riyan Parag vs Varun Chakravarthy

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Varun Chakravarthy

One of the most exciting comebacks of IPL 2024 has been the resurgence of Riyan Parag for RR. He has cemented his spot in the team with consistent contributions, particularly under pressure situations. His ability to score crucial runs adds immense value to the Royals’ batting line-up.

Standing in his way will be the enigmatic spinner of KKR, Varun Chakravarthy. The mystery spinner has enjoyed a stellar season, especially in the latter half, emerging as KKR’s go-to man for wickets. This battle promises to be a fascinating duel between a young batting prodigy and an experienced spinner at the peak of his game.

#2 Shreyas Iyer vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer hasn’t had the smoothest IPL season, yet he has delivered crucial knocks when the team needed him most. In this crucial match against RR, he’ll be looking to find his form and gain valuable momentum before the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals will be banking on their premier leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, to dismantle KKR’s batting order. Chahal has continued his impressive run in the IPL, and a wicket like Iyer would be a massive boost for RR’s playoff aspirations.

#3 Sanju Samson vs Sunil Narine

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Sunil Narine

Sanju Samson, has been in phenomenal form throughout the season, currently residing amongst the tournament’s top five run-scorers. His consistent brilliance earned him a well-deserved spot in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, he hasn’t fired in the last couple of matches. Will he return to his dominant form in the season finale?

On the other side, Sunil Narine, the KKR all-rounder, has been a force to be reckoned with. He’ll be looking to weave his magic with the ball, particularly targeting the prized wicket of the opposition skipper. Narine’s repertoire of variations will pose a significant challenge for Samson.