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.
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.
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