Their fate hanging by a thread, Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane believes his side still can qualify for the play-offs even after a bitter six-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. A victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last encounter will help them seal their spot in the playoffs. Opting to bowl, Kolkata bundled out Rajasthan for just 142 in 19 overs, riding on Kuldeep Yadav's 4-wicket haul. Kolkata chased down the total with two overs to spare. Narine is a marauding hitter of spin, though, and opening with Gowtham was a gamble.
What should have been done instead was done one over too late, when Narine sliced up a short of length delivery from Ben Stokes. Stokes struck again in his next over, when Uthappa played a mistimed hook to deep square leg.
But a mature 48-run stand between Lynn (45, 42b, 5x4, 1x6) and Karthik (41 n.o., 31b, 5x4, 1x6) ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders reach near the target and the journey was completed when Russel came up with a few of those archetypal beefy blows. Nitish Rana made another 21 runs before being trapped for LBW.
Lynn, after the 12th over chose to cut loose, hitting back to back boundaries, stepping up on the run rate. Kallis also lauded the captaincy of Karthik, who has also been consistent with the bat. Russell manages a boundary and Karthik finishes with a boundary and a six.
Stokes (3-15) chipped in with three wickets that included the scalp of Lynn in his return spell.
"The thing is, start which we got with Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler that was magnificient. but I feel after that we did not get any partnership". The England all-rounder, who, along with Buttler, will now bid adieu to the IPL because of his Test commitments, had an excellent game with the ball, taking 3/15 in four overs.
Russell provided the first breakthrough when Tripathi feathered a nick to the wicketkeeper, trying to hook a well-directed short ball. I knew Buttler would go for a reverse sweep and that's why I bowled the quicker one to him.
Narine joined the party, having Sanju Samson trapped in front for 12, when Karthik went for a brilliant review to have the on-field decision overturned.
After Over 5: KKR - 46 runs with the loss of 2 Wickets.
Jaydev Unadkat, batting at number eight delayed the fold up briefly; he scored 26 from 18 balls before becoming the last man to be dismissed.