Kolkata Knight Riders will host Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2018 on Tuesday.
Dinesh Karthik-led KKR will be fresh from an astonishing victory against Kings XI Punjab while Rajasthan Royals will be banking on their recent good form to overcome the KKR at the Eden Gardens.
The race for the play-offs spots is tight, with both KKR and RR sitting at third and fourth place respectively with 12 points each.
Interesting fact: RR have lost their last five IPL games at the Eden with their only win here coming in 2008.
# Kuldeep Yadav (Man of the Match): I was a bit under pressure after the start they got. I was only thinking of taking a wicket, Jos Buttler is the man in form and I was really trying to get him out. You have to motivate yourself, you have to back your strengths and basics and try to succeed. I don't try a lot because I try to succeed with my strengths only. But you need to keep changing in a format like T20. I knew Buttler would go for a reverse sweep and that's why I bowled the quicker one to him.
# Dinesh Karthik: I think they started off brilliantly; especially Buttler and Tripathi played really well. But it also shows our character where we just didn't give up. When we got the chance we just didn't let it go. Winning one, losing the next and then coming back is a part of the IPL. We just try and put in team bonding sessions, keep interacting and look to put a smile one everyone's face to keep them motivated. Yeah I was convinced. I thought at that stage the wicket was really important. Kuldeep is an international quality bowler and is one of the best chinaman bowler in the worl. He is sometimes so confident that he ends up slacking off and giving out one easy ball.
# Ajinkya Rahane:
# Kolkata Knight Riders win by 6 wickets, crucial 2 points for them!
# 17.6 Overs: SIX! DK finishes off in style, KKR win the match!
# 17.5 Overs: FOUR! To third man..KKR 139/4
# 17.2 Overs: FOUR! DK smashes it. KKR 135/4
# After 16 Overs, KKR are 119/4
# 15.2 Overs: OUT! Lynn goes..Late turn of fate? Chris Lynn c Anureet Singh b Stokes 45(42) KKR 117/4
# After 15 Overs, KKR are 116/3
# After 14 Overs, KKR are 109/3
# KKR have lost Narine, Rana and Uthappa
# KKR need 143 runs to win
# 18.6 Overs: OUT! All done for RR! Unadkat b Prasidh 26(18) RR 142-all out
# 17.3 Overs: OUT! Archer goes back..Jofra Archer c Shubman Gill b A Russell 6(5) RR 135/9
# 16.3 Overs: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Ish Sodhi c Karthik b Prasidh 1(6) RR 128/8
# After 16 Overs, RR are 128/7
# 14.3 Overs: SIX! Hooked away by Unadkat. RR 117/7
# 14.2 Overs: FOUR! Fantastic drive by Unadkat. RR 111/7
# 13.5 Overs: OUT! Wow Kuldeep with another one..Stokes c and b Kuldeep Yadav 11(13) RR 107/7
# 12.6 Overs: OUT! Another one..what a comeback by KKR..Gowtham c Karthik b Shivam Mavi 3(5) RR 103/6
# 11.1 Overs: OUT! Beauty of a ball by Kuldeep! Binny st Karthik b Kuldeep Yadav 1(4) RR 96/5
# After 11 Overs, RR are 96/4
# 10.3 Overs: OUT! Another one goes..KKR are fighting back.. Samson lbw b Narine 12(10) RR 95/4
# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Towards backward square leg by Samson. RR 92/3
# 9.2 Overs: OUT! Kuldeep has taken the big fish here.. Buttler c Searles b Kuldeep Yadav 39(22) RR 85/3
# After 9 Overs, RR are 85/2
# 7.2 Overs: OUT! Rahane missed the reverse sweep. Rahane b Kuldeep Yadav 11(12) RR 76/2
# 4.5 Overs: OUT! GONE..big blow..R Tripathi c Karthik b A Russell 27(15) RR 63/1
# After 4 Overs, RR 59/0
# 3.1 Overs: FOUR! Tripathi joins in..RR 53/0
# After 3 Overs, RR are 49/0, crazy hitting from Buttler.
# After 1 Overs, Rajasthan Royals are 2/0
# Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi are at the crease to open the innings for RR
# Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w), Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh
# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
# Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to field
# Pitch Report: "This pitch is a little different. One end seems like a nice even grass covering, nice and dry too, and looks like a batting surface. The other end is particularly dry, and so the KKR spinners like Narine are likely to dominate bowling from the other end. A wonderful pitch, excellent weather, and we are in for a cracker of a contest," says Michael Clarke.