IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders ask Rajasthan Royals to bat first

IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders ask Rajasthan Royals to bat first”

Kuldeep Yadav starred with an impressive four-wicket spell as he set up Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable 6-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match last night (May 15). Royals' job would have been easier had they won against KKR at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Sunil Narine's stay at the crease may have been short but his score of 21 that came off just 7 balls at a strike rate of 300, was like a booster shot for the chase. They were eventually bundled out for 142 in 19 overs, presenting a flawless opportunity to Kolkata Knight Riders to edge closer to the Playoffs. He remained not out with 84 runs innings. This is the second occasion where the Queenslander has struck a score at close to a run-a-ball and guided his side home to two points.

How did Royals lose their way from 63 for 0 in 4.4 overs? Between overs eight and 14, barring one over, they picked up a wicket in every over.

Match 49 of IPL 2018 culminated in a contest between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders.

KKR's reply was dramatic. Facing Prasidh Krishna in the 17 over of the innings, Sodhi saw the ball hit inside edge of his bat before bouncing off the top of his foot and going straight into the hands of the wicket-keeper.

Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata skipper, too heaped praised on the 23-year-old left-arm wrist spinner. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs.

"It was a very important game for me because my idol was in front of me".

KKR have their batsmen firing at the right time, it seems. He opened his account with a flurry of boundaries, but then went 18 deliveries without finding the fence; he focused on singles, strike-rotation and building partnerships. Through this tournament, I don't think we batted well except for Jos Buttler. When there was the width, he played the cut and found the gap through point. He slapped the short ball, scooped a yorker-length delivery over fine leg for a six, ramped a fuller stuff over the 'keeper's head. But I'm not the kind of a bowler who stops the flow of runs.

Buttler too attempted a reverse sweep like Rahane but holed out at third man by Javon Searles. Jos Buttler has been a vital component of the RR campaign but it is high time that he gets support from other around him in that batting order which features stars like Rahane, Stokes and Samson.

Their task has become all the more hard as their English duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler played their last match of the season last night. Narine departed in the next over, miscuing a pull off Stokes and Gowtham had a small consolation as he took the catch to dismiss the Trinidadian. Stokes returned to bowl the 16th over and added to his tally the wicket Lynn, to eventually finish with figures of 4-1-15-3.

Tripathi was dropped off the first ball of the match by Rana at wide slip-off Mavi, who leaked only two runs in the opening over.

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