Kolkata Knight Riders Outplay Rajasthan Royals, To Face SunRisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2
Skippper Ajinkya Rahane's slow batting cost Rajasthan Royals dearly as two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders comfortably beat them by 25 runs in the Eliminator to set-up the IPL Qualifier 2 clash with SunRisers Hyderabad.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss, opted to bowl. (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
Ajinkya Rahane rang the bell at the Eden Gardens to start off proceedings of the Eliminator.
K Gowtham left Kolkata in tatters with a twin blow of Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa in his first two overs.
There was more misery in store for Kolkata as Chris Lynn did not survive long as their top four batsmen folded for 51 in eight overs.
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell revived KKR with their magnificent batting.
Dinesh Karthik found a fine ally in Shubman Gill as the duo added 55 runs in 38 balls.
Dinesh Karthik continued his sublime form to lead them to safety with a 38-ball 52, containing four fours and two sixes.
Royals began their chase in right earnest with Ajinkya Rahane (46 off 41) and Rahul Tripathi (20) adding 47 runs for the first wicket
Sanju Samson played a smart innings of 50 runs from 38 balls.
Piyush Chawla removed Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson to tilt the match in the hosts' favour.
Kolkata reigned supreme at the death to advance to Qualifier Two for the second time in as many seasons.