IPL 2018 Score, KKR vs RR Eliminator 1: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode skipper Dinesh Karthik’s well-paced fifty coupled with Andre Russell’s unbeaten 25-ball 49 blitz to recover from an early collapse and post 169/7 in 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator at the Eden Gardens. Russell came in to bat when KKR were trying to stem the rot through Karthik (52; 38b; 4×4 2×6) and Shubman Gill (28; 17b; 3×4 1×6) before the latter fell with the team on 106/5 in 14.2 overs.
The big-hitting West Indian smoked five sixes and three fours in the last five overs to take 55 runs and help the purple brigade post a challenging score. Krishnappa Gowtham (2/15), Jofra Archer (2/33) and Ben Laughlin (2/35) got two wickets each for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi conceding just 15 runs off his four overs. Royals’ bowlers made early inroads to reduce KKR to 51/4 after eight overs when Karthik and Gill got together. The pair joined hands for a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket before Gill departed and Russell stepped on the gas.
10:30 pm: Rajasthan Royals require another 34 runs with 6 wickets and 6 balls remaining.
10:20 pm: Prasidh Krishna returns. Figures of 2-17 so far. An orthodox field. Square leg in, fine leg out
10:10 pm: Narine to Klaasen, FOUR runs, reverse sweep over short third man! It’s the offspinner, and Klaasen got into position early for the shot.
10:08 pm: Rajasthan Royals require another 57 runs with 8 wickets and 27 balls remaining.
10:02 pm: This chase is going quite similar to Royals’ pursuit of 152 earlier in the tournament. Back then, they needed 56 off 36 balls, with Rahane still at the crease and 6 wickets in hand, but somehow ended up losing it. Will that change tonight?
10:00 pm: Rahane 18 off 20 since the Powerplay. He has scored 31 off 20 off pace, and just 15 off 20 off spin.
9:57 pm: Royals need 67 off 42 balls and KKR’s trump card returns.
9:39 pm: Scantlebury-Searles to Rahane, 1 run, length ball, and too wide outside off. Comfortably cut off the back foot to deep point. A loose ball to start his spell.
9:36 pm: Time-out at Eden. Time-out for me.
9:35 pm: Kuldeep Yadav to Rahane, 1 run, too full, googly that he smothers nicely to ease this to long off.
9:34 pm: Rajasthan Royals require another 101 runs with 9 wickets and 11.3 overs remaining.
9:33 pm: Narine to Rahane, FOUR runs, delicate little dab, races past short third man. Welcome boundary. Not sure he intended to play it that fine but he’ll take the runs.
9:31 pm: Rajasthan Royals require another 106 runs with 9 wickets and 12.0 overs remaining.
9:29 pm: Kuldeep Yadav to Samson, no run, picks the googly, gets forward and jabs this to cover. Superb first over from Kuldeep.
9:24 pm: It’s still early, but this match reminds of the Ind-Pak T20 WC game in 2016 at Eden. The pitch was under cover for long and was sticky during Pakistan’s initial overs. IT got progressively easier, and India finally won it pretty easily (leaving aside Sami’s two freakish wickets.
9:20 pm: Chawla to Tripathi, OUT, He survived in the previous over but the lost review doesn’t cost KKR. Tripathi chips this back and Chawla puts his right hand out on the followthrough to pluck that off running to the left. Tripathi jabbed at this googly, got it high on the bat and it lobbed. Eden roars.
9:16 pm: Rajasthan Royals require another 124 runs with 10 wickets and 15.2 overs remaining.
8:21 pm: Barring one game against SRH, KKR have scored in excess of 190 in the other 4 matches they have batted first.
8:20 pm: Notice how the most successful teams are those with good all-rounders & spinners, most big hitting batsmen will win you 2 or 3 games a season but the all-rounders chip in with some death hitting and a couple overs to provide options for the captain pretty much each game. It’s the Shakib’s, the Russell’s & the Bravo’s that take you to the playoffs.
8:07 pm: Archer to Shubman Gill, OUT, cramps him for space, and finds the edge!
Shubman Gill c †Klaasen b Archer 28 (17b 3×4 1×6) SR: 164.70
8:00 pm: Any total in Knock out game is not enough specifically in T20 game but any total is not something that cannot be defendable. Specifically smaller total are more tricky. So irrespective of 1st inning total we cannot write off either of the team.
7:54 pm: Laughlin to Shubman Gill, 1 run, back of a length on the fourth-stump line, and Gill punches it off the back foot. Plays it square to the cover point region on this occasion.
7:47 pm: KR fans beware. Anything less than 150 will be the perfect chase setup for Rahane. I am predicting RR to win this game in the 19th over.
7:43 pm: Pitches getting slow is a blessing in disguise. Low scoring match like yesterdays are much better than batting team scoring 160-180 and chasing team chase it down in 16-18 overs without fuss.
7:35 pm: Sodhi to Karthik, 1 run, opens the bat face slightly to drive to the left of cover.
7:30 pm: DK v Unadkat before tonight: 52 runs in 35 deliveries (strike-rate of 148.6) across five innings. Never out.
7:22 pm: Archer to Rana, OUT, disaster! Mistimed to midwicket. Full on off, and Rana looks for the release shot. Attempts to slog it over midwicket, but it’s sliced. Easy as ABC for Unadkat
N Rana c Unadkat b Archer 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00
7:17 pm: Gowtham to Uthappa, OUT, leading edge, and caught by the bowler! Tossed it up, and Uthappa tried to work it towards the leg side. Through his shot too early, and the ball lobs straight back to KG. Big jump from the big man, and he manages to hold on to it. Two wickets in seven balls for Gowtham
RV Uthappa c & b Gowtham 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85
7:11 pm: Karthik should bat no.4 today. Because they are not chasing today.he is the best in KKR.
7:09 pm: Gowtham to Narine, OUT, aaaand stumped! Narine came dancing down the wicket, but Gowtham dropped his length. Pitches it just outside off and the ball spins away from Narine. He misses, and Klaasen whips the bails off in no time. Big, big wicket!
SP Narine st †Klaasen b Gowtham 4 (2b 1×4 0x6) SR: 200.00
Pitch Condition: Good batting surface,” says Michael Clarke. He also feels there could be some turn for the spinners. That said, there’s some moisture beneath caused by the sweating. The entire ground and playing surface was covered for most of yesterday and till about 4pm today.
6:30 pm: Rajasthan Royals have won toss and elected bowl first.
Here are the squads for the match:
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shubman Gill, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Javon Searles, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Prasidh Krishna
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Rahul Tripathi, 2 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Heinrich Klaasen, 5 Stuart Binny, 6 K Gowtham, 7 Jofra Archer, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ben Laughlin