IPL 2018: Rajasthan vs Kolkata Match Report

IPL 2018 Our destiny is in our hands says KKR coach Jacques Kallis

IPL 2018 Our destiny is in our hands says KKR coach Jacques Kallis

If Shivam Mavi gets fit for this game, he might come in place of Kuldeep Yadav or Piyush Chawla, as the Eden pitch is good for pace bowling.

Kolkata sharpened their chances of a playoff berth with a convincing six-wicket win over Rajasthan in a crucial T20 clash at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Victory in next two games will take them to 16 points and assure them a spot in the play-off stage, but in case of a loss, they will have to win the final game by a huge margin and depend on results of other matches. KXIP lost to Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad while RR lost to Delhi Daredevils as well as Kane Williamson's side.

Rajasthan made the mistake of starting with spin with Narine on strike.

However, it could not take his bamboozling knock further as he felled to a Ben Stokes delivery in the second over.

Their batting revolves around skipper Karthik (371 runs) and Chris Lynn (325 runs) mainly.

From there, Lynn and Nitish Rana struck a decent partnership before Ish Sodhi broke the partnership trapping Rana lbw.


But because of a slightly better net run rate they are placed in the top half with 12 points. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs.

But Karthik ensured Kolkata strolled to victory with Russell smashing three fours and a winning six over long-on off Jofra Archer. Karthik's finishing six took him to an unbeaten 31-ball 41. Sunil Narine is proving himself to be the biggest hitter for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Rahul Tripathi opened with in-form batter Jos Buttler. Thus began a 10-ball streak where every delivery disappeared to the fence. The first four balls went six, four, six, four and KKR's chase was kick-started just like that. The Royals' skipper Rahane and Buttler, who failed to notch up his sixth fifty on the trot, Buttler fell to reverse sweep. At this point, Tripathi was relishing being an opener again and Buttler had raced off to yet another score at the top.

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne seems to be highly impressed by Sanju Samson's impressive show in the ongoing 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he said that Rajasthan Royals' wicketkeeper-batsman will be the next superstar of the Indian cricket.

Ben Stokes lasted just 11 runs while Stuart Binny and Krishnappa Gowtham managed 1 and 3 runs respectively.

Mavi did a lot better in his comeback over, conceding just three runs and bouncing out the unsafe Gowtham (3 off 5). By this point the required rate was less than a run a ball and Karthik and Russell finished it off in a hurry, clattering Unadkat and Archer for four fours and a six in the 17th and 18th overs. Russell impressed with 2 for 13 in his three overs, but Kuldeep's 4 for 20 easily outshadowed their figures. Prasidh, who had been expensive earlier on, helped clean up the tail, finishing with 2 for 35.

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