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Rajasthan take on Kolkata from 3pm on Sky Sports Cricket, when England's Stuart Broad and Dawid Malan will join us in the studio

Andre Russell - IPL - KKR (Credit: AFP)
Image: Andre Russell has hit a tournament-leading 19 sixes in the 2018 IPL (Credit: AFP)

Here's what's in store in the Indian Premier League today...

Today's game

Two of the top six-hitters in the IPL will go head to head from 3pm on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event. Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson has cracked 12 in three games - 10 of them against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday - while Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell leads the way with 19 from his four matches, 11 of which came in an unbeaten 88 against Chennai Super Kings. With Rajasthan's side also featuring England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler and Kolkata having Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa in their ranks, there should be no shortage of boundaries in Jaipur.

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How have the teams done so far?

Rajasthan hold a 2-1 winning record after defeating RCB - Samson's unbeaten 92 from 45 balls helping the Royals rack up a mammoth 217 in that one - and knocking off Delhi Daredevils in a rain-truncated affair. Those victories came after a nine-wicket thrashing at the hands of table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opener.

Kolkata, meanwhile, have won two and lost two, beating Bangalore and Delhi and falling to Chennai and unbeaten Sunrisers. Monday's success over the Daredevils was memorable for Russell slamming six sixes in a 12-ball 41 and spinner Sunil Narine moving past 100 IPL scalps.

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Watch Russell smash six sixes in a 12-ball 41 as Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs on Monday

One to watch

Russell was the aggressor in a fifth-wicket stand of 61 from 22 balls with Nitish Rana (59 off 35), though the latter impressed while completing his fifth IPL fifty. Rana has also made an impact with the ball in the tournament, bagging Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers from successive deliveries in Kolkata's victory over RCB. Keep an eye on KKR's teenage seamer Shivam Mavi, too - he is rapid.

As for Rajasthan, there is no looking past Samson, who added to his burgeoning reputation by taking the Bangalore attack apart on Sunday. Leggie Shreyas Gopal impressed in that clash, though, snaffling Kohli and De Villiers en route to economical figures of 2-22 from his four overs.

Shreyas Gopal, IPL, Rajasthan Royals (Credit: AFP)
Image: Shreyas Gopal (R) celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli (Credit: AFP)

Which England players could feature?

Buttler and Stokes have threatened to ignite but their best returns with the bat so far have been scores in the twenties. They will be hoping to make a bigger impact against a Kolkata attack possibly featuring Tom Curran, the Surrey seamer is battling with Mitchell Johnson for the fourth and final overseas berth alongside Windies pair Russell and Narine and Aussie Lynn.

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Who's in the Sky Sports Cricket studio?

Two members of England's Test team - paceman Stuart Broad and batsman Dawid Malan - will join us for insight, analysis and, hopefully, to reflect on some stellar performances from their countrymen.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 02:  New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval survives a confident appeal from Stuart  Broad during day four of the Second Test Match between the New Zealand Black Caps and England at Hagley Oval on April 2, 2018 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Image: Stuart Broad took his 400th Test wicket during the recent series in New Zealand

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