Kolkata Knight Riders perhaps a win or two away from cementing their place in the IPL 2016 playoffs © AFP
Kolkata Knight Riders perhaps a win or two away from cementing their place in the IPL 2016 playoffs © AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on a struggling Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 match 45 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR are currently in the fourth position in the table, having already played 10 games in the tournament. RPS on the other hand lie right at the bottom of the table with just  six points out of 11 matches. RPS will certainly not make it to the playoffs, but will look to play for pride in the reminder of the matches. This is the first time a MS Dhoni-led side will not make it to the top four. Live CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 45 at Kolkata

If they win the three matches in the tournament, they can make difficult for other trams, who aim to make it to the final four. RPS lost a close match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs despite Adam Zampa picking up six wickets. Even KKR lost their previous game against Gujarat Lions (GL) in their previous match comprehensively and will look to bounce back immediately with a thumping win over RPS in this match. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 45 at Kolkata: Preview

RPS have been unlucky with a lot of injuries to many star players like Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith. KKR on the other hand have had no such issues. Shaun Tait was recently included in the KKR squad in place of the injured John Hastings, who flew back home a few days back.

Teams chasing have won the maximum matches in this tournament and the team who wins the toss will want to bowl first.