IPL 2018, 49th Match, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sent into bat first, Rajasthan Royals openers Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi started off well adding 63 runs in just 4.5 overs for the first wicket. Buttler squeezed 28 runs off the third over bowled by Shivam Mavi to induce momentum into their innings. This is the second time Shivam Mavi conceded 28 or more runs in a single over in the ongoing season.
RR got to 49 for no loss just at the end of three overs but with a complete middle order batting failure, they are bowled out for just 142 on the board in 19 overs. This is a complete batting mess as they couldn’t even finish with three times the total they had at the end of 3 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav picked up 4 wickets to come back to life in the ongoing season after being hit for runs earlier in the season. The wicket of high flying Jos Buttler is the highlight of his four-wicket haul.
Chasing a below-par target of just 143, Sunil Narine provided the ideal start scoring 21 runs off just 7 deliveries with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Though the scoring rate has come down in the middle overs, a 31-ball 41 from their captain Dinesh Karthik helped KKR win the game by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
With the result of this match, Kolkata Knight Riders are at the third position with 14 points and Rajasthan Royals are at the fourth position with 12 points. Both teams have a single league match remaining before the start of playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 145/4 in 18 overs (Chris Lynn – 45, Dinesh Karthik – 41*, Ben Stokes – 3/15, Ish Sodhi – 1/21) beat Rajasthan Royals – 142 in 19 overs (Jos Buttler – 39, Rahul Tripathi – 27, Kuldeep Yadav – 4/20, Andre Russell – 2/13) by 6 wickets
Player of the Match:
Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) – 4 wickets & a catch
Rishabh Pant (DD) – 582 runs
Andrew Tye (KXIP) – 20 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Javon Searles, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Bench: Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla
Playing XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh
Bench: Ankit Sharma, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, D’Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
** Photo credits to NDTV Sports