Riyan Parag's 47 and Jofra Archer' 27 off 12 balls overshadowed Dinesh Karthik's 97 runs as Rajasthan Royals managed to upstage Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With this win, Rajasthan Royals keep their hopes alive for the playoffs in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata, on the other hand, have now lost sixth game on the trot. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Rajasthan beat Kolkata by 3 wickets (Riyan Parag 47, Piyush Chawla 3/20)
WICKET: HIT WICKET! Oh dear! Riyan Parag out at the very wrong time if you're RR fan.
SIX!! What a player! What a shot! 9 needed off 8 balls!
18 needed off 12 balls! Can Andre Russell do it with ball for KKR?
Jofra Archer and Riyan Parag are taking the game deep. WWith 24 needed off 14 deliveries, the match can go either side.
WICKET: Shreyas Gopal just couldn't time that ball. He played a good cameo of 18 runs off 9 balls. SIXTH wicket down!
Three boundaries in the fifteenth over. 54 needed off 30 balls now.
So the equation has now come down to 67 runs off 36 balls. With Gopal and Parag at the crease, the chase will not be easy for the visitors. Kolkata, on the other hand, need to continue this momentum and move forward. After 14 overs, it's 109/5.
100 up for Rajasthan Royals!
WICKET: Stuart Binny tried to clear mid-wicket fielder but missed by some margin. Piyush Chawla picks his third. Rajasthan Royals making chase difficult.
WICKET: Another wicket down. Russell didn't do any mistake there, and Rajasthan Royals is in serious trouble. Ben Stokes gone for 11, and with that, his IPL-12 ends.
Rajasthan Royals lost three wickets in the first leg and scored 78. With another 98 runs needed, Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag need to take the game deep.
Sunil Narine drops Riyan parag for 0.
WICKET: Another wicket down. It's three in three overs now. Narine on fire. This time, it's Rajasthan Royals skipper!
WICKET: Knocked him over. Two wickets in no time. Piyush Chawla bowled a googly, and Samson missed it completely. Departs for 22.
The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have been able to put right foot forward and dominate game at the start. After 6 overs, it's 55/1.
So Kolkata Knight Riders were off to a quiet start but they have been able to recover well, credit to their captain - Dinesh Karthik. After 20 overs, it's 175/6.
Ajinkya Rahane is off the field. He has hurt himself, and all Rajasthan Royals fans will be hoping that it isn't serious. After 18 overs, it's 141/5.
WICKET: Jaydev bowls a slower one, and Carlos couldn't time it to perfection. Departs for 5(3).
WICKET: Stuarty Binny dropped him. Prashant Chopra dropped him. But Riyan Parag didn't. Half-side back to pavilion. Andre Russell's struggling innings comes to an end.
Prashant Chopra drops Andre Russell on 13.
ALERT: Dinesh Karthik gets to his 18th IPL fifty!
Stuart Binny drops Andre Russell on 3. How expensive will this be? - 100 up for Kolkata Knight Riders!
What a spell this has been from Varun Aaron. Came with a set plan, and has been able to execute it perfectly. After 14 overs, it's 96/4.
So Russell has joined Dinesh Karthik to the middle and hasn't been that explosive in the balls faced. The duo are looking to bat deep. After 13 overs, it's 86/4.
WICKET: Confusion. Confusion. Narine and Karthik tried to up the scoring rate and eventually created a confusion in the middle. Narine paid the price. Departs for 11 (8).
220.127.116.11.1.6 - 25 runs off the 11th over! What an over this has been for the hosts.
First SIX of the innings helps Kolkata Knight Riders get to 50 run mark. It took them 61 balls to achieve that landmark.
The matter is getting worse for the team, and they will be looking to cahnge it in second half of the first innings. After 10 overs, it's 49/3.
WICKET: You cannot keep Varun Aaron out of the game today. Shreyas Gopal bowled a short of a length delivery, and Rana gave himself room, played on the backfoot but found the point fielder. Third wicket DOWN!
It took seven deliveries for KKR captain to open his account. After 8 overs, it's 42/2.
The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have not only been able to keep KKR batsmen quiet, but have also sent the openers back to the pavilion. Varun Aaron has been the pick of the bowlers, and after 6 overs KKR could only manage 32 runs for the loss of two wickets.
WICKET: What a spell is Varun Aaron having. Another inside edge and onto the stumps. Shubhman Gill is having an IPL to forget. OUT for 14 (14).
Rajasthan Royals is off to a perfect start. Varun Aaron sent Chris Lynn for duck, and both Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill are struggling to get going. After 3 overs, it's 14/1.
WICKET: Knocked him over! First wicket for Varun Aaron this season. Gets an inside edge, and GONE! DUCK for Lynn!
Rajasthan Royals in the last hurdle before the game. Chris Lymm is along with a new opening partner. Umpires out in the middle. And it's game time!
Here are the playing XI for two sides:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron
TOSS: Rajasthan opt to bowl
TOSS: Rajasthan opt to bowl
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The toss is scheduled to happen in 50 minutes from now and the team winning the toss will look to have a bat first and put some runs on the board. However, this remains to be seen if the toss-winning captain goes with same idea.
The two teams haven't had the best of season so far and will look to get back on track. Kolkata, on one hand, has lost last five games and will look to break jink and Rajasthan, on the other, has to win all their remaining games to stay in the contention for playoffs.
Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of an encounter in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League as Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders host Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.