Jaipur, April 6: The Kolkata Knight Riders made light work of the target of 139 as they clinched an easy eight wicket victory over hosts Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Sunday. This is the biggest win for any team in terms of balls remaining.
High on confidence after their maiden victory, Rajasthan Royals will look to carry the momentum by exploiting familiar conditions when they host a rampaging Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 here on Sunday (April 7).
The visitors will also be brimming with confidence with their batsmen Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill in top form. Rajasthan bowlers Jofra Archer, Jaidev Unadkat and Ben Stokes have leaked runs in the death overs. They will have to rethink their strategy after Russell's sensational display of power hitting (48 off 13 balls) against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The biggest positive for the Royals has been Shreyas Gopal, who, with his googlies, deceived the likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer, finishing with 3 for 12. Despite the victory against RCB, Royals will still look to iron out certain flaws which have plagued them recently.
They have often failed to grab moments losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings after being in commanding position. While star players, including Steve Smith and Ben Stokes, have failed to live up to the expectations, the likes of Sanju Samson, who had hit first ton of this IPL, Jos Buttler and captain Ajinkya Rahane have been good. Smith, although, scored 38 against RCB.
Meanwhile, KKR's bowling department, led by Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, will look to exploit the wicket at Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which has played slow and low recently. KKR will head to the game with the belief that the side can win from any situation, which they have demonstrated time and again. Both teams will also have to deal with the soaring heat in the the Pink City with temperatures nearing 40 degrees celsius.
Here’s MyKhel’s Live Updates of the Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders match:
ENDS WITH A WIDE! KKR made light work of the chase as they won by eight wickets. Biggest win for any team in terms of balls remaining.
Scores level. One to win from 38 balls.
FOUR to start the over! Just three more to win!
KKR need 7 to win from 42.
ANOTHER MAXIMUM! Just seven to win
Robbie Uthappa joins the party with a maximum! KKR knocking on the doors of an easy win.
The Knight Riders need 24 off 53. The opening pair have set the visitors up for a win and it doesn't look like Jaipur with get to see the Russell storm tonight.
Shubman Gill the new batsmen in.
WICKET!! Lynn goes for 50 off 32. Top-edge, finds deep backward square as Midhun takes a safe catch off a Gopal delivery to end the KKR openers innings.
Lynn completes his 50 off 32!
MAXIMUM! Lynn powers it for a six to bring the Knights closer to home.
The Knight Riders need 34 off 59 to win
Expensive over from Midhun as he gives away 13 runs dotted with two fours.
FOUR! Lynn brings up the 100 with a boundary. Its the second fastest team hundred of the season.
Robin Uthappa the new man in. Hits Midhun for four to get off on the right foot.
WICKET!!! Narine goes for 47 off 25 as Smith makes no mistake to take a sharp catch at first slip and end the opening stand.
MAXIMUM! Lynn starts the over with a maximum. KKR flying here with no wickets down.
Another MAXIMUM to end the over
MAXIMUM! Narine hits Midhun for a six.
Sudhesan Midhun into the attack for Royals.
Good over from Shreyas Gopal. Halts KKr's charge as he gives away just 3 runs.
Shreyas Gopal into the attack
Powerplay done. KKR cruising at 65/0.
FOUR more! Narine hits Kulkarni for a boundary. Rajasthan being punished for dropping him.
FOUR! One bounce and over the ropes.
MASSIVE! Could have been a catch but it safely clears the boundary! Lynn punishing Archer after surviving scare.
The jokes on the hosts as both the openers survive!
MISSED! The ball hits the wicket but the bails don't come off! Lynn survives this time!
DROPPED!!! Narine dropped by Rahul Tripathi.
NARINE ON FIRE HERE! Gowtham getting hammered here as he's hit for four FOURs and a maximum to give away 22 runs in the second over!
FOUR followed by a MAXIMUM! The KKR batsmen look to be a in hurry here.
FOUR more! 10 off the first over. KKR off to a flying start
FOUR! Lynn off with a boundary off just the second ball.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to begin KKR's chase. Kulkarni with the new ball. Dot ball to begin the innings.
Time for the second innings. The Royals are definitely around 15 runs short. It is the lowest score in 20 overs after losing three wickets or less in an IPL match. Can the Royals bowlers tame KKR?
Just seven off that last over as Rajasthan Royals score 139/3.
FOUR! Smith gets the much needed boundary off Gurney.
Last over. Gurney into the attack. RR desperately need boundaries in this over.
Stokes stumbles off a Prasidh delivery again. Free Hit.
FOUR! Smith gets it past DK for a boundary.
Free hit. Just one off it. The ball hits Stokes on the bicep and he falls in pain. But manages to get up and get the single.
MASSIVE! Smith sends it into the crowd for a maximum. Length ball at middle stump, Smith sends it way over midwicket.
Narine to Smith, KKR review the lbw decision. It's umpire's call. Smith survives a second time
Ben Stokes is the new batsman in.
WICKET! Piyush Chawla patiently waits for it after it goes straight into the air. Too much elevation and didn't have the distance for the boundary. Rahul Tripathi goes for 6 off 8.
Five more overs left. The pitch is a slow one but Rajasthan will hope to add 50 more at least to give themselves a fighting chance against KKR's batting power
FOUR! Slow, short of leg side. Smith brings in his 50 off 44 balls.
Narine to Smith: 1 leg bye. Length on middle stump, Smith comes forward and misses. Cops it on the pad and runs. Survives the run out at the other end as DK misses the throw.
Rahul Tripathi the new batsman in
Piyush Chawla in for his last over.
WICKET! Big wicket for KKR. Gurney gets his man. Buttler finds deeo midwicket this time but Shubman Gill calmly takes the catch. Jos Butller goes for 37 out of 34
MASSIVE!!! That's a massive six. After a quiet over from Gurney Buttler dispatches it into the crowd for a six
The 11th over went for 11 runs. Rajasthan need more overs like this to set a formidable chase.
Kuldeep Yadav being smashed by Buttler/Smith here. Three balls 9 runs.
Four off the first ball of Kuldeep
Halfway through the innings Rajasthan going steady at 61-1. But the hosts would look to add more boundaries to speed up the scoring
50 comes of the 2nd wicket partneship between Smith and Buttler off 51 balls.
FOUR more!! Smith joins the party now. 50 comes up with the boundary for Rajasthan
FOUR! Kuldeep to Buttler: Smashed it over backward point. Buttler getting into the groove here in Jaipur.
FOUR! Through, past the fielder. Much-needed boundary for Rajasthan.
Kuldeep Yadav gives away 7 off his first over. The boundaries have slowed down for the home batsmen.
That's the end of the powerplay. Lowest powerplay for Rajasthan Royals this season. RR 28/1 in 6 overs
Sunile Narine into the attack. Last over of the powerplay
FOUR! Buttler smashes it over short fine leg. One bounce and over the ropes.
FOUR! slow length ball. Butller clips it past short mid wicket for a boundary.
FOUR! Chawla to Buttler. A googly but the line is wrong, whipped behind square for a boundary.
Steve Smith in
OUT! Prasidh Krishna get a wicket on his very first ball! Rahane has to go. KKR off to a perfect start. Rahane goes for 5 off 7.
FOUR! Chawla to Rahane: Three dot balls followed by a boundary. A single to finish the over. Five from the first over.
Piyush Chawla in with the new ball.
Robin Uthappa walks in wearing a face mask. There was a sand storm earlier.
The umpires walk in. KKR in a huddle and we are set for the match. Rahane & Buttler top open the hosts innings.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna KKR one change: Harry Gurney comes in for Lockie Ferguson
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI: A Rahane, J Buttler, S Smith, R Tripathi, B Stokes, P Chopra, K Gowtham, J Archer, S Gopal, S Midhun, D Kulkarni. Two changes in RR: Prashant Chopra comes in for Stuart Binny, Midhun comes in for Varun Aaron
Captain’s speak: Dinesh Karthik: The wicket looks good, will hold good for 40 overs, so we want to chase. Early days in the tournament, we are trying to keep the mood and spirits up.
Captain’s speak: Ajinkya Rahane: We played three games in five days. It was important to have that kind of a break, so the guys are in good shape. It’s all about giving out best and playing to our strength.
The Toss is just ten minutes away
The Knight Riders on the other hand have just lost one out of their four matches. KKR currently lie third on the table and will be riding high on confidence when they clash with RR. Andre Russell has been explosive for the visitors and the Knights will be hoping for another match-winning knock from the big man to notch their fifth win of the season.
The Rajasthan Royals currently lie seventh on the table, having notched just one win from four matches. They will take heart from their last match when they defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore to secure their only win of the season. But the Ajinkya Rahane-led team will have their task cut out against KKR as they have been in rampaging form.
In match no. 21 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, the Rajasthan Royals will host the Kolkata Knight Riders at home in the second match of the Sunday double-header at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium at 8:00pm and here’s MyKhel’s live updates from the match.