Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana played key roles as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash to register their third win of the season. Chasing a modest 161-run target, KKR looked comfortable throughout barring the early dismissal of their opener Chris Lynn in the first over itself. After that, Sunil Narine made up for his poor bowling as he hit a quickfire 35 runs including 5 fours and a maximum. He was ably supported by Uthappa who made his presence felt right from the outset. He played a brilliant knock of 48 runs that included 6 fours and 3 sixes. The Rajasthan bowlers didn't trouble the visitors as Rana and skipper Dinesh Karthik both remained unbeaten on 35 and 42 runs respectively ensuring his team crossed the finishing line in only 18.5 overs. (SCORECARD)
Earlier, a good bowling display by Kolkata helped them restrict Rajasthan to 160/8 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. After being put in to bat, Rajasthan got off to a cautious start with skipper Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short playing it safe. After the first two overs, Rahane began playing his shots as he hammered Sunil Narine for four consecutive boundaries. However, the RR skipper eventually fell for 36 off 19 balls in the seventh over. Short then started to play the shots as he scored a fighting 44 before getting dismissed by Rana. After his departure, wickets kept falling at regular intervals courtesy some good disciplined bowling display by KKR. Tom Curran bowled well for KKR as he finished with figures of 2-19 while Nitish Rana also took two wickets to restrict the hosts to a below-par total.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders match, straight from Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
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23:25 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 163/3 in 18.5 overs (Uthappa 48, Rana 42*) beat Rajasthan Royals (160/8) by 7 wickets
23:25 IST: SIX! What a way to win the match. Karthik hits a six to finish it off.
23:20 IST: 51-run partnership already between Rana and Karthik.
23:18 IST: FOUR! Karthik places it beautifully towards the offside for a boundary. Juicy full toss on the offside and he picks the gap well. Another boundary for him. 150 comes up. KKR 150/3 in 17.4 overs
23:18 IST: Excellent running by these two. They have been superb between the wickets. Taking singles and doubles regularly to keep the run rate going. KKR 145/3 in 17.2 overs
23:13 IST: SIX! Now Rana hits a maximum. Such a good-looking shot. Rana has been prolific with both bat and ball. KKR 141/3
23:13 IST: SIX! His first six. Short and width and he hammers it to the shortest boundary of the field. Played the shot really well. He has been rotating the strike as well. Both Rana and Karthik are playing some good cricket here. KKR 135/3
23:05 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders need 35 runs in 24 balls
23:00 IST: Unadkat back into the attack for RR. Karthik takes a double off the first ball.
22:59 IST: KKR just need singles to win from here. They are in a comfortable situation. They need another 45 runs in 36 balls. A boundary here and there should be sufficient for them. At present, they are coasting with 7 wickets in hand. KKR 116/3 in 14 overs
22:56 IST: Two runs. Brilliant batting by KKR captain Karthik. Placement and hard running is exactly what KKR are looking for in this situation. KKR 113/3
22:55 IST: KKR captain Dinesh Karthik is the new man in for the visitors.
22:50 IST: WICKET! That was some improvisation by Ben Stokes. Outstanding catch by him to dismiss dangerman Uthappa. Kolkata Knight Riders lose their 3rd wicket as Robin Uthappa departs for 48 vs RR | KKR 102/3 in 12.2 overs
22:48 IST: FOUR! That's gone fine. Good shot by Nitish Rana. Little too staright for Rana and gets it fine for a four. KKR 101/2
22:46 IST: FOUR! Nitish Rana is such a good player. Lovely timing and drives it towards the deep point. The ball races for a four. KKR 94/2
22:44 IST: A good over for Gowtham Only 3 runs off it. Only 3 singles off it. Review taken for a stumping but the decision is in favour of Uthappa. KKR 90/2 in 11 overs
22:42 IST: Uthappa is playing a brilliant knock. KKR need 73 runs off 58 balls.
22:37 IST: FOUR! Poor fielding. Unadkat misreads the ball completely and Stokes is not happy at all. KKR 82/2
22:34 IST: SIX! Ball sails into the stands. Great shot by Uthappa. KKR 77/2 in 9 overs
22:33 IST: WICKET! Kolkata Knight Riders lose their 2nd wicket as Sunil Narine departs for 35 vs RR. Unadkat runs Narine out. Narine fails to put his bat inside the crease | KKR 70/2 in 8.3 overs
22:29 IST: FOUR! Thick edge off Ben Stokes' delivery. Nothing much one can do as a keeper or a bowler. Narine is treading dangerously. KKR 57/1
22:25 IST: SIX! Half-tracker and deserved that punishment by Uthappa. 213th six of the tournament already. 91 metres long six. Poor bowling by Shreyas Gopal. KKR 59/1
22:21 IST: SIX! Wow. ball is right on his striking zone and hits the first six off KKR's innings. Superb stuff by Narine. He seems to be making up for his poor bowling today. KKR 53/1 in 6 overs
22:20 IST: Both Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa have steadied the KKR ship after early Chris Lynn's departure.
22:18 IST: FOUR! Uthappa punishes the poor ball by Laughlin.
22:15 IST: FOUR! Uthappa is now taking to playing the big shots. Loves going down the ground and gets his boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for him. Cleverly places it and uses the bowler's angle perfectly for a boundary. KKR 40/1 in 5 overs
22:14 IST: FOUR! One bounce and a four. Uthappa sees the vacant space between the midwicket region. Waits for the ball and makes the most of the gap. KKR 31/1
22:12 IST: FOUR! Narine finds the gap again. He has this knack of finding gaps and makes the most of the slower ball. Poor bowling by Kulkarni. 12 runs off the over. KKR 27/1 in 4 overs
22:10 IST: FOUR! That's better. Narine clears the circle and puts it over the offside region for a boundary. Back-to-back boundary for him. Second one was brilliantly driven towards the offside. Superb stuff by Narine. KKR 23/1
22:10 IST: Kulkarni bowls his second over.
22:07 IST: Another good over by Gowtham. Only 6 runs off it including a boundary. KKR 15/1 in 3 overs
22:04 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot. Punched off the back foot. Cuts it through wide mid off for a boundary. Very good batting by Uthappa. KKR 13/1
22:03 IST: Single off the last ball. 8 runs off Kulkarni's over. KKR 9/1 in 2 overs
22:02 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni bowls it short and Narine places it over the keeper's head. A slice of luck and the ball races to the boundary. KKR 7/1 in 1.4 overs
22:00 IST: Sunil Narine is the new batsman for KKR.
21:28 IST: Superb first over by Gowtham. Only a single run off it and a wicket of the danger man Chris Lynn. KKR 1/1 in 1 over
21:55 IST: WICKET! Krishnappa Gowtham strikes early. Kolkata Knight Riders lose their 1st wicket as Chris Lynn departs for a duck vs RR | KKR 1/1 in 0.3 overs
21:41 IST: Rajasthan Royals 160/8 in 20 overs (D Arcy Short 44, A Rahane 36; N Rana 2/11) vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur
21:41 IST: Last ball and Buttler is on strike. Dot ball to finish it.
21:40 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their 8th wicket as Dhawal Kulkarni departs for 3 vs KKR | RR 160/8 in 19.5 overs
21:37 IST: Shivam Mavi's over is turning into a long over. 3 wides already.
21:32 IST: DROPPED! Buttler survives on 19. Chris Lynn can't believe it. Should have taken it.
21:32 IST: FOUR! Brute force. Goes straight and gets a boundary. They need more of these in the last over. RR 151/7 in 19 overs
21:30 IST: Only a single. Not bad from Tom Curran.
21:30 IST: NO BALL! FREE HIT! Two wickets of the first two balls. And now a no-ball. Kulkarni is on strike now. Will they make it count?
21:26 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their seventh wicket as Shreyas Gopal departs for a duck vs KKR | RR 141/7 in 18.2 overs
21:25 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their sixth wicket as Krishnappa Gowtham departs for 12 vs KKR | RR 141/6 in 18.1 overs
21:22 IST: FOUR! Buttler hammers it towards the offside boundary. Superb shot. RR 141/5 in 18 overs
21:21 IST: SIX! Didn't time it well but Gowtham manages to clear off the boundary line. RR 134/5
21:18 IST: Rajasthan Royals have been finidng it har to score runs here. Only Rahane and Short were able to get some runs. Others have failed to stitch partnerships. Credit to KKR bowlers for bowling well.
21:16 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their fifth wicket as Ben Stokes departs for 14 vs KKR. Superb bowling by Piyush Chawala. Googly completely deceives Stokes | RR 122/5 in 16.1 overs
21:13 IST: SIX! Ben Stokes hammers it for a six. 209th tournament six. The ball is off to the stands over mid-wicket boundary. RR 121/4
21:12 IST: Reverse sweep by Buttler but only a single. Straight to the fielder.
21:10 IST: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have to build a partnership and start scoring runs.
21:08 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their fourth wicket as Rahul Tripathi departs for 15 vs KKR | RR 106/4 in 14 overs
21:06 IST: FOUR! Superb shot by Tripathi.
21:05 IST: 100 up for Rajasthan in 13.1 overs.
21:00 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their third wicket as D Arcy Short departs for 44 vs KKR. Short failes to read Nitish Rana's line and gets clean bowled. | RR 98/3 in 12.5 overs
20:55 IST: SIX! What a shot by Short. Brilliant shot by Short. He is taking on the fast bowler. Pulls it over the leg side and bang, right onto the stands. Follows it up with a four. Good shot. RR 89/2
20:52 IST: FOUR! Well done by Rahul Tripathi. Poor bowling by Narine. he has been super expensive. RR 81/2 in 11 overs
20:50 IST: SIX! One bounce over the ropes. Smart batting by Short. He gets the placement right at the legside boundary. Narine has so far struggled with his length. RR 76/2
20:48 IST: Sunil Narine returns for KKR.
20:45 IST: Outside edge for Short. Takes two runs. These two, Rahul Tripathi and Short, need to build a partnership.
20:42 IST: Tom Curran bowls his first over.
20:41 IST: WICKET! Rajasthan Royals lose their second wicket as Sanju Samson departs for 7 vs KKR | RR 62/2 in 8.4 overs
20:38 IST: FOUR! Uses the pace of thebowler. Just outside the off stump and he times it sweetly towards the offside boundary.
20:37 IST: Short struggling against spin. He needs to play a big knock.
20:35 IST: Pitched outside leg stump. Completely bamboozled Samson. No appeal made. Superb bowling by Kuldeep.
20:33 IST: Kuldeep Yadav bowls his 2nd over.
20:30 IST: Rajasthan Royals lose their first wicket as Ajinkya Rahane departs for 36 vs KKR. Superb stumping by Dinesh Karthik. What a way to dismiss Rahane. | RR 54/1 in 6.5 overs
20:27 IST: FOUR! Short gets his first boundary against spin. Good placement. Nitish Rana doesn't get it right at all.
20:26 IST: Nitish Rana is the new bowler for KKR.
20:22 IST: STRATEGIC TIME OUT!
20:21 IST: FOUR! Rahane is dealing in boundaries. Superb shot. Pure timing by him.
20:18 IST: FOUR! Now Short starts getting the boundaries. After a nervy start, RR have started to get the run rate going. RR 40/0 in 5 overs
20:18 IST: SIX! What a shot by the Rajasthan captain. Straight down the ground for a maximum. Strikes the ball sweetly. RR 35/0
20:15 IST: Shivam Mavi is the new KKR bowler.
20:13 IST: FOUR! Four back-to-back boundaries. Wow. He is turning it on for Rajasthan. He is timing the ball perfectly. Poor bowling by Sunil Narine. RR 27/0 in 4 overs
20:06 IST: Rajasthan off to a slow start. Some good bowling display by the spinners. Both Piyush and Kuldeep have bowled well. RR 9/0 in 2.3 overs
20:05 IST: Kuldeep Yadav is the new bowler for KKR.
20:04 IST: A good over by Chawla. He is not giving any room to the batsmen. Good bowling by him. Gives away only 3 runs off it. RR 3/0 in 1 over
20:00 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short open the batting for Rajasthan. Piyush Chawla to begin proceedings for KKR with the ball.
19:37 IST: Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
19:33 IST: Both teams come into this match with an unchanged team.
19:30 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik wins toss, elects to field vs Rajasthan Royals
19:26 IST: The pitch looks to be a beautiful surface. The pitch has some grass and shoud aid the batsmen.
19:18 IST: We are minutes away from the toss.
19:03 IST: RR are on a 9-match winning streak in Jaipur.
18:47 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the 15th match of this season's IPL between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
With Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine at the top and big hitters like Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell in the middle, KKR has enough firepower and depth. Their bowling too has the right balance with the deceptive Narine, the current purple cap holder in the tournament. Wily old horse Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav are capable of weaving a web around any batting side. Pacer Shivam Mavi, who rose to stardom during the recent U-19 World Cup, and Russell provide the medium pace variety to KKR.
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