Rajasthan Royals took revenge against KXIP

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

Rajasthan Royals: 142 all out in 19 overs (Jos Buttler 39; Kuldeep Yadav 4/20).

Earlier, KKR elected to field and at the toss, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane admitted that he did not mind batting first.

The run-a-ball approach was paying off for KKR. While Tripathi hit Krishna for a six and a hat-trick of fours, Buttler smashed Mavi to plunder 28 runs in the third over.

Stokes (3-15) picked up three wickets in the Kolkata innings during an excellent four-over spell, making Sunil Narine his first victim after the Trinidadian (21 off 6) had blazed all of his runs off Krishnappa Gowtham in the first over - Narine even launching a six over midwicket first ball. Bowling uninterruptedly, Kuldeep, who had a lean phase of late, notched up a wicket each in his remaining three overs; he sent back Buttler, who was also out to a reverse sweep, Stokes and Stuart Binny to break RR's backbone.

Despite not bowling at his best, Sunil Narine is still the Kolkata Knight Riders' top wicket-taker this season. So well did the evening go for the men in purple that they even won two reviews; Karthik calling correctly to get Sanju Samson and Ish Sodhi dismissed. "It's about taking one game at a time and play well tomorrow", Kallis told reporters on the eve of their match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens. If KKR beat SRH and KXIP beat both MI and CSK, RR will get eliminated even if they beat RCB in their last fixture. If RR win, they will climb to the third position and will increase their Net Run Rate. Chris Lynn (45 from 42) batted well within himself, as has been the case this IPL, while captain Dinesh Karthik finished things off with an unbeaten 41 from 31 deliveries. Thereby, it not only got two vital points but also improved its net run rate to -0.09.

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With KKR and RR are on the same lines with six wins apiece at the moment, the victor of this match will have the chance of finishing in the final four in their hands while the loser will have to rely on the results of the other matches.

Dinesh Karthik-led KKR will be fresh from an astonishing victory against Kings XI Punjab while Rajasthan Royals will be banking on their recent good form to overcome the KKR at the Eden Gardens. Bottom line is, Knight Riders is well-placed to progress after putting back to back wins. The winning momentum they started to gather was arrested by the loss to RR at the Wankhede and they now need other results to go their way to qualify.

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The win means KKR's fate is hanging in balance with two more rounds left in the round-robin league. At this point, of all the contenders, Rajasthan finds itself in the most hard situation.

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