Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) produced a bowling masterclass as they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator clash on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens. With the loss, Rajasthan have been eliminated from this tournament while Kolkata will play SunRisers Hyderabad on Friday in Qualifier 2. Chasing 170, Rajasthan looked steady as their batsmen Ajinkya Rahane (46), Rahul Tripathi (20) and Sanju Samson (50) contributed well during the innings. However, things turned in Kolkata's favour after Piyush Chawla (2/24) took Samson and Tripathi's wicket to peg back the chasing side. Rajasthan crumbled under pressure from the Kolkata bowlers in the latter stages of the match and eventually lost to the better team. (SCORECARD)
Dinesh Karthik (52) and Andre Russell (49) took Kolkata Knight Riders to 169/7 against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator match on Wednesday. KKR were in deep trouble after losing their top four batsmen for 51 runs in 8 overs. Sunil Narine (4), Chris Lynn (18), Robin Uthappa (3) and Nitish Rana (3) failed to accumulate runs for their team. However, Karthik and Russell ensured KKR got to a competitive total. Krishnappa Gowtham (2/15) was once again brilliant with the ball for Rajasthan. Jofra Archer and Ben Laughlin also took two wickets each.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Eliminator match, straight from Eden Gardens
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22:30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders (169/7) beat Rajasthan Royals (144/4) by 25 runs. Kolkata will now play SunRisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday, May 25.
22:27 IST: This match seems to be getting out of Rajasthan's hands. Superb bowling by Russell. Rajasthan Royals need 34 runs in 6 balls
22:23 IST: RR need 40 runs in 12 balls.
22:22 IST: OUT! Binny departs for a duck. Easy catch. Rajasthan in deep trouble now. Lynn takes an easy catch. RR 130/4 in 18 overs
22:15 IST: Stuart Binny is the new man in for Rajasthan.
22:15 IST: OUT! Sanju Samson departs for 50 runs. Huge bow for Rajasthan. A well-settled batsman departs. He didn't get the distance. A delightful inning to watch. RR 126/3 in 16.5 overs
22:13 IST: FOUR! Full toss and Samson hammers the quicker delivery over the off side for a four. 3rd IPL fifty for Sanju Samson. A superb inning by him. RR 125/2 in 16.3 overs
22:12 IST: Piyush Chawla is back into the bowling attack for KKR.
22:10 IST: FOUR! Scooped and a reverse sweep over the two men behind point. Super shot by Klaasen. He can be dangerous for KKR. narine has been expensive tonight. Narine is done 0/39 runs in 4 overs. RR 119/2 in 16 overs
22:09 IST: Narine is turning the ball really well. Match is in balance now. After Rahane's dismissal, KKR have taken control.
22:07 IST: Heinrich Klaasen is the new man in. Appeals for LBW turned down by the umpire. Kuldeep Yadav finishes his spell with 1/18. RR 111/2 in 15 overs
22:04 IST: OUT! Caught and bowled. Rahane has to go. He departs for 46 runs. Rahane goes for the sweep shot and the ball spins taking an edge off it. Easy catch for Kuldeep. RR 109/2 in 14.1 overs
22:00 IST: SIX! Samson got the ball he was expecting. He hits a maximum. Too short and back of a length. RR 109/1 in 14 overs
21:58 IST: Four dot balls and pressure on Samson. Good over until now by Narine.
21:56 IST: Narine is back into the bowling attack.
21:55 IST: Kicks off the deck a bit as Russell bangs it in a little short, on the body. Rahane works it through mid-wicket and runs the first one hard. As a result, is able to come back for the second. Two runs. Good running has been the hallmark of this partnership. RR 103/1 in 13 overs
21:54 IST: 52-run partnership between Samson and Rahane.
21:52 IST: Andre Russell is brought back into the bowling attack for Kolkata.
21:50 IST: Rajasthan Royals need 75 runs in 49 balls
21:49 IST: Samson, Rahane have steadied Rajasthan's ship now. These two are looking solid in the middle and their partnership is key to Rajasthan's success in this match. RR 94/1 in 11.4 overs
21:46 IST: KKR desperately need a wicket now. Rajasthan are cruising towards a win now. RR 90/1 in 11 overs
21:39 IST: SIX! Too short and Samson hammers it towards the leg side. That was effortlessly done. RR 81/1 in 9.2 overs
21:32 IST: FOUR! Outside edge and its four for Rahane at third man region. RR 64/1 in 8 overs
21:30 IST: 56,362 people in attendance at the Eden Gardens.
21:26 IST: A good first over for Kuldeep. KKR needed a wicket badly and they got Tripathi's. They will have to get the danger man Rahane out. Just 3 runs off it. KKR 54/1 in 7 overs
21:23 IST: Kuldeep Yadav is the new bowler for KKR.
21:21 IST: Sanju Samson is the new man in for Rajasthan.
21:18 IST: OUT! Another caught and bowled. Tripathi departs for 20 runs off 13 balls. Googly and Tripathi fails to read it. RR 47/1 in 5.1 overs
21:12 IST: A big inside edge spotted! Bad review by Kolkata. Narine flicks it on a length around middle, it straightens a bit after landing as Tripathi tries to work across the line. He seems to have missed it to get hit on the back pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. Karthik and Narine have a chat and go for the referral. The replays detects a big edge. RR 47/0 in 5 overs
21:08 IST: NOT OUT! Review taken. Quicker delivery by Piyush Chawla. The original decision for LBW was out. Rahane awaits his fate. Decision overturned. Rahane survives. A good review taken. RR 21/0 in 3 overs
21:05 IST: FOUR! Now its Tripathi's turn. Good sensible cricketing shot. A sweet cover drive by the RR opener. RR 20/0 in 2.2 overs
21:04 IST: FOUR! The ball races away to the boundary. Rahane plays a proper cricketing shot. RR 16/0 in 2 overs
20:58 IST: SIX! Pace on the ball and Rahene punishes it. He does it so well. Uses the pace of the ball and gets himself a maximum over the back foot point area. Good positive beginning from him. RR 9/0 in 1 over
20:56 IST: Thick edge. Rahane survives. Wanted to play in the leg but gets a leading edge taking it to the onside. RR 2/0 in 0.1 over
20:54 IST: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane open the batting for Rajasthan. Andre Russell begins the proceedings with the ball for Kolkata.
20:40 IST: INNINGS BREAK
20:39 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 169/7 in 20 overs
20:39 IST: FOUR! That's going to be four. He is now on 48. In field moved in but Russell gets his boundary at the long on boundary.
20:36 IST: OUT! Archer takes a good catch. Searles departs for 2. Kolkata are seven down now. KKR 167/7 in 19.4 overs
20:36 IST: FOUR! Good bowling but Russell even hits such balls for a boundary. KKR 163/6 in 19.2 overs
20:35 IST: Back-to-back wides for Laughlin, pressure on the bowler.
20:32 IST: SIX! Archer bowls a slower one and Russell hits a six. Russell is turning it on for Kolkata now. KKR 156/6 in 18.5 overs
20:28 IST: SIX! Another wrong one and Russell hammers it towards the leg side for a huge six. The ball takes the top edge and sails over deep backward square fence. 14 runs and a wicket off this one. KKR 149/6 in 18 overs
20:25 IST: SIX! Russell swings away his bat and the ball still crosses the boundary despite lack of timing. KKR 142/6 in 17.3 overs
20:24 IST: OUT! Karthik departs for 52 runs. Ajinkya Rahane takes a lovely catch going back behind covers. Excellent innings comes to an end. One captain dismisses the other. KKR 135/6 in 17.1 overs
20:22 IST: FOUR! Russell hammers it over mid off for a boundary. Unadkat is not having a great night. KKR 135/5 in 17 overs
20:19 IST: SIX! Long way for a maximum. What a way to get your six. Leading edge and Karthik gets his 16th IPL fifty. KKR 123/5 in 16.2 over
20:14 IST: Strategic Time Out | KKR 116/5 in 16 overs
20:09 IST: NO BALL! SIX! Free Hit. Andre Russell faces Archer now. Russell gets it right in the slog and the big man gets a maximum. Off the mark with a six. KKR 114/5 in 15 overs
20:07 IST: OUT! Archer strikes. Shubman departs for 28 runs. A good cath by Klaasen behind the stumps. KKR 106/5 in 14.2 overs
20:06 IST: SIX! Karthik's turn now. 51-run partnership between these two. This is the partnership KKR have been looking for. KKR 102/4 in 14 overs
20:03 IST: SIX! 826th of the tournament. Shubman hits a fearless shot. The fielder at long off can only see the ball sail over him.
20:03 IST: FOUR! Gill uses the pace of the ball. Top quality shot by Shubman. Front foot square cut. KKR 89/4 in 13.3 overs
20:00 IST: Stuart Binny does well out there. Saves a probable boundary. Karthik takes two runs. KKR 81/4 in 12.4 overs
19:55 IST: Edgy run again. Karthik looks to work it away to the onside but gets it off the leading edge towards backward point for one. KKR 74/4 in 11.2 overs
19:51 IST: FOUR! Ben Laughlin gets punished with a four off his first ball. A deft touch by Karthik sees the ball go fine for a boundary. KKR 65/4 in 10.1 overs
19:50 IST: Gopal bowls for RR after the timeout. Rajasthan have been teriffic with the ball. Seven runs off the over. KKR 63/4 in 10 overs
19:45 IST: Ish Sodhi again impresses with the ball. 5 runs off it. Time for the strategic time out. KKR will have to rethink about their batting strategy. KKR 56/4 in 9 overs
19:41 IST: Shubman Gill is the new batsman for KKR.
19:40 IST: WICKET! Caught and bowled again. Gopal gets his man. Lynn departs for 18 runs.Kolkata in deep deep trouble. Catching practice for Gopal. KKR 51/4 in 8 overs
19:37 IST: Through the gap for a double. Lynn places it perfectly and gets his two runs. KKR 51/3 in 7.3 overs
19:36 IST: Shreyas Gopal is the new bowler for KKR.
19:34 IST: A bit of turn here. Karthik pushes it with that to covers. The man there dives and stops that. Good cricket all around. A very good start for Sodhi. Only two runs off it. KKR 48/3 in 7 overs
19:32 IST: Ish Sodhi is the bowler for Rajasthan.
19:30 IST: A good over for Kolkata after initial hiccups. Karthik played two superb looking shots. The powerplay comes to an end. This is the over KKR were searching for. Lynn gets his boundary this over too. Three boundaries in the over. This is poor bowling. You can't be giving batsmen room outside off stump. KKR 46/3 in 6 overs
19:27 IST: FOUR! Jaydev Unadkat gets welcomed with a boundary by Karthik. A fuller length and Karthik gets onto the front foot to drive over the cover fielder for a four. Back-to-back boundaries for Karthik. Poor bowling by Unadkat. KKR 40/3 in 5.3 overs
19:26 IST: Superb over for Gowtham. Only 5 runs off it. Lynn, Karthik need to rebuild for KKR after early jolts. KKR 32/3 in 5 overs
19:25 IST: This is a perfect start for the men in blue.
19:22 IST: FOUR! Impeccable timing by Karthik. Pulls it over the mid off region for a boundary. Great stuff by the KKR skipper. KKR 28/3 in 4 overs
19:21 IST: KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik is the new man in.
19:20 IST: OUT! Nitish Rana departs for 3 runs. This is too easy for RR. Rana mishits completely and an easy catch for Jaydev Unadkat. Archer serves a length ball on the stumps, Nitish yet again looks to back away and hit it. Is deceived by the lack of pace and gets it off the inner half. Unadkat at mid on takes a couple of steps forward and takes it with ease. KKR are in deep trouble now. KKR 24/3 in 3.4 overs
19:19 IST: Two runs for Rana. Cut towards the mid off region.
19:17 IST: FOUR! Lynn hammered on the offside. Bottom hand comes into play. A good shot. A much-needed boundary for KKR. That was a beautiful stroke.Nobody stood a chance of cutting that off. KKR 22/2 in 3 overs
19:15 IST: Nitish Rana is the new batsman for KKR.
19:14 IST: OUT! Gowtham strikes again. Uthappa gets a leading edge and the bowler catches it easily. Uthappa departs for 3 runs. KKR 17/2 in 2.1 overs
19:10 IST: Extra bounce by Archer. Hurled on a length around off, it bounces more and hits high on the bat. Goes straight to backward point. No run for Uthappa. KKR 17/2 in 2.1 overs
19:07 IST: Jofra Archer bowls the 2nd over. Lynn hits it straight to mid on. Thankfully there is no pace on the shot. Lynn survives as the ball doesn't reach the fielder.
19:05 IST: FOUR! Bye. 10 runs and a wicket off the first over for Kolkata. KKR 10/1 in 1 over
19:04 IST: Robin Uthappa is the new man in for KKR.
19:03 IST: FOUR! And now stumped! What a wicket. Big wicket of Sunil Narine. He departs for 4 runs. KKR 4/1 in 0.2 over
19:01 IST: FOUR! Flatter outside off on a shorter length, Sunil stays back and smashes it through covers for a boundary. Whatta start for Narine and KKR.
19:00 IST: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. Krishnappa Gowtham begins the proceedings for Rajasthan Royals with the ball.
18:41 IST: Teams
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin
18:30 IST: Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane wins toss, elects to bowl vs Kolkata Knight Riders
18:27 IST: We are moments away from the toss.
18:25 IST: RR have lost their last six IPL games at the Eden Gardens with their only win here coming in 2008
18:00 IST: TRIVIA! Sunil Narine needs two more wickets to take 50 IPL wickets at Eden Gardens. Lasith Malinga. at Wankhede Stadium, is the only other to achieve such a feat.
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