IPL 2018, KKR vs RR: Hosts win toss, elects field

Grant Boone
May 17, 2018

The West Indian was the top-scorer for KKR in their last match, contributing 75 runs. Both had an early slump but had come back strongly in the last few matches, with Kolkata crushing the Punjab team by scoring the fourth highest total of IPL and the team from Rajasthan riding three back-toback wins, all of them courtesy three brilliant knocks by the English global, Jos Buttler. After Rajasthan Royals registered a win against the Mumbai Indians, CSK was straight sent to the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings have 18 and 16 points respectively in the 12 matches played so far.

"They started off brilliantly but it shows our character". Their opening combinations might have cost Royals a few games in the first half of the season, but it is the lack of runs from the middle order which has hurt them the most. After such a rousing start, which took RR to 68/1 in 6 overs, it was expected that RR will accumulate in access of 200 easily. Kolkata will have to beat RR with a big margin today to ensure KXIP can not topple them over with a better NRR. "I hadn't come to the stadium for any of the matches this season". Rajasthan Royals still have a chance of qualifying but it would be really hard seeing to the current scenarios. But the work will be very tough. Besides, KKR is in 3rd position.

Earlier in 6th May, 2018 the 38th match of the tournament was executed.

Kolkata have tightened their grip on third place in the table with Rajasthan two points back in fourth - the Royals could make the play-offs with a win over RCB in their final group game but will be without Stokes and Buttler, who will return to England ahead of the first Test against Pakistan. It was a great decision.

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But by his own admission, Kuldeep said he was determined to turn things around in front of the Australian spin legend, who is the mentor of Rajasthan Royals team.

It wasn't a bad situation, on the surface, but all the momentum had been sucked out of their innings, and they didn't have too many in-form batsmen left.

Jos Buttler took off in a similar vein and smashed Shivam Mavi for 28 runs mixing innovation with power.

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik and Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane. Top orders were nearly failed in front of the opponent bowlers. RR put up a total of 142 runs with all 10 wickets down. A draw today will mean that all the other three teams still remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. A win for RR today will also make things extremely hard for MI and RCB, who still remain with 10 points each.

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