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KKR vs RR Match 31 Commentary

Results
Match 31, Kolkata, April 16, 2024, Indian Premier League, 2024
Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 2 wickets

Commentary

6:35 PM IST Right then, the clash between the table toppers has come to a sensational end and the team at the top of the table has reigned supreme. It was Jos Buttler who struck his seventh Indian T20 League hundred surpassing the great Chris Gayle who had six to his name and pulled off the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history. Next up the caravan moves to Ahmedabad for a game between Gujarat and Delhi. That will be played on Wednesday, 17 April and will begin at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). You can join us a lot sooner for the build-up though. Till then, take care and goodbye!
6:33 PM IST Jos Buttler is the Player of the Match for his match-winning knock. Buttler says that he kept believing which was key and was struggling for rhythm sometimes and just wanted to let go of the negative thoughts. Adds that you need to keep telling yourself that it is fine and keep calm. Mentions that the coach has told him a lot about the breaking point and just giving your wicket away and telling him to stay the course. Ends by saying that it is his best knock and it is always satisfying to see your side home.
6:32 PM IST Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan is up for a quick chat and says they are happy with the win but they were a bit down with the fall of wickets but Rovman Powell did well and hit some sixes that gave them the momentum they needed and credits Kolkata as well saying they played well too. Mentions that Varun and Sunil bowled superbly and were hard to be hit against but Rovman Powell hit those boundaries at the right time. Credits Jos Buttler for his brilliance with the bat and mentions that Jos has been doing it since the last 5-6 years for them and he feels no chase is impossible if Jos stays at the crease till the 20th over.
6:27 PM IST The Presentation ceremony...
6:27 PM IST Earlier in the game, Sanju Samson won the toss and opted to field first. After losing Phil Salt early, Sunil Narine went into overdrive for Kolkata and hit every bowler for plenty. The usual spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin who are brilliant for Rajasthan had no answers for Narine who went on to score his maiden Indian T20 League century. Kolkata went on to score 223 which was a big score given the fact that scoring 200 plus in the second innings isn't something we have seen at Eden Gardens.
6:20 PM IST Rovman Powell, one of the chief architects of the chase is down for a chat. Powell says that the emotions are all over the place and anytime you chase down 200 plus it is a great game of cricket. Adds that he knew Sunil Narine was their best bowler and when you need 80 odd off 30 balls, you need to take him on. On Narine, he says that he has asked a lot of players to talk to him about a return to the national side and hopefully, he will listen. Mentions that morale in the team is high and he appreciates the clear and precise communication even when he isn't playing and hopefully long may that continue. Ends by joking that he is telling the management to get him up the order.
6:19 PM IST Shreyas Iyer, the captain of Kolkata says that it is a bitter pill to swallow and it was a roller coaster for them. Says that it is a funny game at the end and it is hard to explain what happened in the middle. Adds that at this point in time, a little miss here and there and the batter dispatches this over the ropes and this will give the youngsters a lot of learning and they will come back stronger. Mentions that Narine is just that kind of a character that turns up for the side and contributes with both bat and ball giving us the positive momentum right at the top. Closes by saying that they will just let it sink in and relax a bit as these were tough conditions to play in and they will look to come back stronger.
6:19 PM IST With 223 runs on the board, Kolkata went into the break pretty content and knowing the fact that no team has ever chased a total of 200 or more at this venue in this tournament. Mitchell Starc was wayward to begin with but Vaibhav Arora gave them an early breakthrough and then Harshit Rana came in and got a couple of wickets as well. Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy were brilliant after the Powerplay and Varun got two in two to hand his side the advantage. However, the pacers were pretty expensive and even when Andre Russell bowled one over, he went for 17 runs. Starc and Arora were hit for plenty and Harshit Rana couldn't hold his nerves in the 19th over. Varun had just 8 runs to play with in the final over and once that six was hit on the first ball, it was all over.
6:15 PM IST Rajasthan had a daunting target to achieve but Yashasvi Jaiswal was able to get out of the blocks. However, he fell soon and so did skipper Sanju Samson before the pair of Jos Buttler and Riyan Parag started to take on the opposition bowlers and scored 76 runs in the Powerplay. The middle phase was where Rajasthan lost momentum as Parag fell and then Dhruv Jurel and Shimron Hetmyer got out on consecutive deliveries. This affected Buttler at the other end and his strike rate took a big dip as Ravichandran Ashwin couldn't muster up runs. It was then Rovman Powell who came in and injected the necessary momentum by taking on Sunil Narine and even though he got out, he gave his side a big chance. After that, it was all Jos and his tactics as he managed to keep strike remarkably for the entirety of the last 3 overs and went on to score the match-winning hundred and limped on one leg to take his side home.
6:10 PM IST JOS 'THE BOSS' BUTTLER has taken Rajasthan to one of the most famous victories in recent times in the Indian T20 League! With that, Rajasthan equal their own record of the highest successful run chase in the competition's history. Another cracker-jack of a contest in the 2024 Indian T20 League but it is Rajasthan who have held their nerves better and have won this battle of the top two.
End of over 209 runs
RR: 224/8CRR: 11.20
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19.6

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 1 run

JOS BUTTLER HAS WON IT FOR RAJASTHAN. That's what champions are made up of. He was himself in some pain but he inflicted a lot more on the opposition tonight. Short of a length in the middle, Jos Buttler swings and connects well as the ball rolls through to deep mid-wicket and the batters cross for a single. Rajasthan wins this by 2 wickets. A game for the ages. With this win, Rajasthan have pulled off a highest successful run-chase in the history of the competition.

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19.5

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Full toss on off, Jos Buttler punches this to wide long off and jogs back with a stiff back and a bit of illness for the second.

0
19.4

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

This is cricket madness as Jos Buttler looks for the reverse and finds the fielder at short third. 3 needed of the last 2 now.

0
19.3

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

Short and wide of off, Jos Buttler punches this to sweeper cover and denies another single.

0
19.2

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

Fuller one on off, Jos Buttler punches this to long off and denies the opportunity of a single.

6
19.1

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! HUNDRED! This is probably the most important one for Jos. Short of a length in middle, Jos Buttler moves back and slogs this way over the fence and into the stands towards long on for a maximum.

6:02 PM IST Who will bowl the final over? 9 runs needed for the win and Shreyas Iyer has tossed the ball to Varun Chakaravarthy who has bowled in a similar situation before. However, Kolkata are behind on the over rate and will have one less boundary-rider which could be decisive as well.
End of over 1919 runs
RR: 215/8CRR: 11.32RRR: 9
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Jos Buttler:98 (54)
Harshit Rana:4-0-45-2
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18.6

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Good length in middle, Jos Buttler gently nudges this wide of Rana towards his right and takes a single. Jos will again keep the strike for the final over.

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18.5

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Slower one back of a length around middle, Jos Buttler smashes this towards dep mid-wicket and collects a couple.

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18.4

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! HOW'S THE JOS(H), Rajasthan! Short-pitched on off, Jos Buttler pulls this flat and over the deep fine leg fielder for a maximum. OH JEEZ! This is what Rajasthan has backed him for and he keeps on delivering.

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18.3

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Perfectly executed boundary. Rana attempts a yorker and misses marginally as the ball converts into a full toss in the middle, Jos Buttler hammers this straight down the ground for a boundary. Buttler is single-handedly winning this for Rajasthan.

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18.2

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, no run

Fuller on off, Jos Buttler drives this to extra-cover for no run.

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18.1

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! Hammered away for a maximum. On a length in middle, Jos Buttler clears his front leg and slogs this way behind the fence for a maximum towards deep mid-wicket region.

End of over 1818 runs
RR: 196/8CRR: 10.89RRR: 14
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17.6

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Pitched up on off, Jos Buttler punches this through cover and manages to take a comfortable single. Jos will keep the strike.

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17.6

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 5 runs

FIVE WIDES! That's exactly not what Kolkata wanted. Full and way too wide outside off, Phil Salt fails to collect this and the ball rolls through his legs and races over the fence for a boundary. 5 crucial extra runs for Rajasthan and that's poor from the keeper.

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17.5

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Jos does well to find the gap with that stroke. Bumper on leg, Jos Buttler smashes this and bisects the field inside the circle on leg for four.

0
17.4

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, no run

Fuller one angling across the batter, Jos Buttler looks for the reverse scoop but misses.

5:54 PM IST Avesh Khan is the new man in at the other end.
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17.3

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

OUT! RUN OUT! Boult sacrifices for the side. Full and wide of off, Jos Buttler drills this all along the ground towards wide long off and looks for the second. Trent Boult was slow off the hooks and was nowhere to be seen when the throw came in from Shreyas Iyer and Starc removed the bails at the non-striking end. There was never a second there.

0
17.2

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, no run

That's what wicket does. Back of a length outside off, Jos Buttler cuts this towards deep point but decides against the single.

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17.2

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

WIDE! Pressure telling on Starc as he darts one full and wide way too wide outside the off stump.

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17.1

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! You just never know with Jos in the middle. PItched up on off, Jos Buttler clears his front leg and launches this dead straight up and over the bowler for a maximum. There is still a lot of life left in this contest.

End of over 1716 runs
RR: 178/7CRR: 10.47RRR: 15.33
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Sunil Narine:4-0-30-2
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16.6

Sunil Narine to Trent Boult, no run

Tossed up on off, Trent Boult swings and connects off the cue end. Lofts the ball dropping on Angkrish Raghuvanshi at deep mid-wicket who runs in from the fence and puts in a good attempt bu drops it. Jos decided against the single.

5:48 PM IST Trent Boult is the new batter in.
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16.5

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, no run

OUT! TRAPPED PLUMB! Quicker one a bit short and turning into the batter, Rovman Powell looks to punch this off his backfoot but the ball skids on and hits his on the pads. The umpire raises his finger and Rovman Powell asks for a review straightaway. Nothing on UltraEdge and the ball tracker suggests all reds and the batter has to walk back. What a comeback from Narine and that could be the telling blow.

0
16.4

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, no run

Rovman Powell looks to defend one and gets beaten outside his off-stump.

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16.3

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, 6 runs

SIX! ROVMAN, YOU BEAUTY! An exhibition of power-hitting. Short of a length in middle, Rovman Powell slogs this up and over the fence towards deep mid-wicket region for another maximum.

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16.2

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, 6 runs

SIX! MIGHTY! The fight has been taken to the bravest warrior of Kolkata by Rovman Powell. Tossed up outside off, Rovman Powell leans back and launches this powerfully over the long off fence for a maximum.

4
16.1

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, 4 runs

FOUR! Rovman has decided to take on Narine and he starts off with a boundary. Short of a length around the pads, Rovman Powell advances down the track and slogs this towards the left of deep square leg for a boundary.

End of over 1617 runs
RR: 162/6CRR: 10.13RRR: 15.50
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15.6

Andre Russell to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Slower one pitched full and wid of off, Jos Buttler drives this towards sweeper cover for a couple.

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15.5

Andre Russell to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! Jos is starting to motor along. Back of a length on off, Jos Buttler clears his front leg and launches this over the fence towards the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.

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15.4

Andre Russell to Rovman Powell, 1 run

Full and wide of off, Rovman Powell opens this bat face late and guides this fine towards deep point for one.

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15.3

Andre Russell to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Pitched up on off, Jos Buttler clears his front leg and rolls this off the cue end towards wide long on for one.

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15.2

Andre Russell to Rovman Powell, 1 run

Good length on off, Rovman Powell loses his share looking for a big slog and ends up rolling it off the bottom towards deep mid-wicket for one.

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15.1

Andre Russell to Rovman Powell, 6 runs

SIX! GONE IN A FLASH! On a length around the pads, Rovman Powell uses his power to flick this all the way over the fence towards deep fine leg region for a maximum.

End of over 1517 runs
RR: 145/6CRR: 9.67RRR: 15.80
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14.6

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Fortuitous again but much-needed as well for Jos Buttler and Rajasthan. Flatter one, bowled a tad short around off, Buttler looks to pull off the back foot but gets an outside edge that goes well fine of short third and into the fence.

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14.5

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

Pushed through quicker on middle and angling it in, Jos Buttler goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.

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14.4

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Too full and angling down leg, Jos Buttler stays back and just whips it away into the fine leg fence for yet another boundary.

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14.4

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 1 run

WIDE! Fired down the leg side for a wide.

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14.3

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Finally, Jos Buttler nails that shot and brings up his FIFTY as well. Short and outside off, Buttler with more of a reverse-slap than reverse-sweep and he hammers it past backward point for four more. Buttler needs to keep going here.

4
14.2

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Edged away! On a dragged length on the stumps, Jos Buttler steps out to whip it leg side but gets an outside edge wide of short third for a boundary.

0
14.1

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

Floated up full and outside off, Jos Buttler looks for the reverse sweep but misses and loses his balance a bit. Phil Salt whips off the bails and appeals a bit. The umpire does go upstairs and the third umpire concludes that there is no bat involved. The replays show that the foot was grounded when the bails litt up and Buttler is safe.

End of over 143 runs
RR: 128/6CRR: 9.14RRR: 16
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0
13.6

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, no run

Wow, just three singles when the required rate is over 13! Quick and flat outside off, played off the back foot and cut away straight to point.

0
13.5

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, no run

Quicker and pushed through on a nagging length around off, punched away off the back footn but straight to covers.

5:29 PM IST Narine looks to be struggling with cramps. This is probably an aftermath of that marathon innings with the bat from Sunil and he is feeling the aftereffects of that now. Good news for Kolkata as Sunil Narine is up and ready to bowl again.
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13.4

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Dragged length over the stumps, worked away off the back foot through mid-wicket for a single.

0
13.3

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, no run

The change up now, bowled at 94.5 clicks and on a shorter length around off, this one holds in the pitch and Jos Buttler defends it down the deck.

1
13.2

Sunil Narine to Rovman Powell, 1 run

Bowled flatter and right at the stumps, Rovman Powell goes on the back foot and manages to flick it away to deep mid-wicket for one more.

1
13.1

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Floated up on a nagging length and on the pads, just nudged away in front of mif-wicket for a single by Jos.

5:25 PM IST Time for the final strategic break of the game. Rajasthan are in all sorts of trouble with them being 6 wickets down. Rajasthan have managed to score at good knots but the fall of wickets may well come to haunt them in this chase. There are no signs of dew right now and that is turning out to be a big impact on playing conditions. With a couple of overs each still in the kitty for both Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy it is Kolkata who has the upper hand in this contest.
End of over 134 runs
RR: 125/6CRR: 9.62RRR: 14.14
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12.6

Varun Chakaravarthy to Rovman Powell, no run

Fired in quicker at 99.6 clicks and on off stump, Rovman Powell goes back to a fuller ball and manages to keep it out.

1
12.5

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Slightly short over the stumps, worked away off the back foot behind square leg for a run.

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12.4

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

A genuine drag-down over middle and leg, Jos Buttler gets inside the line but doesn't get all of the pull shot. Mitchell Starc runs around to his right at deep backward square leg and glides across the turf to keep it down to a brace.

1
12.3

Varun Chakaravarthy to Rovman Powell, 1 run

No hat-trick! Flatter one, on a good length and angled in from middle, Rovman Powell goes on the back foot and pushes it away past square leg for a single.

5:22 PM IST Rovman Powell walks out at 8 for Rajasthan.
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12.2

Varun Chakaravarthy to Shimron Hetmyer, no run

OUT! CAUGHT! Oh, dear! Look away Rajasthan fans, look away now and Varun Chakaravarthy has two in two. Another one that is bowled slightly short and outside off at 94.7 clicks and this one holds in the deck which means there is now dew. Shimron Hetmyer is completely taken aback and ends up just chipping the ball off the face of the bat to short cover.The skipper, Shreyas Iyer takes the simplest of catches and Kolkata are in command here.

5:20 PM IST Shimron Hetmyer walks out next to bat.
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12.1

Varun Chakaravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

OUT! CAUGHT! Ravichandran Ashwin had to go at it and ends up holing out. Varun Chakaravarthy bowls it well over 100 clicks and digs it into the deck over middle stump. Ashwin rocks back to pull but the extra bounce means Ashwin can't get on top of it. Ashwin pulls it flat towards deep mid-wicket where Angkrish Raghuvanshi takes a fine catch diving forward. Rajasthan have now lost half their side and are in trouble.

End of over 126 runs
RR: 121/4CRR: 10.08RRR: 12.87
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11.6

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Slower one, a bit into the surface and over middle, Jos Buttler backs away to pull but gets an inside edge down to fine leg. They do well to hustle back for the second run.

1
11.5

Harshit Rana to Ravichandran Ashwin, 1 run

Skillful from Harshit Rana as he brings out the quick yorker now. This is bowled at 143.7 clicks and right on the money around off, Ashwin can only jam it out to covers for a run.

0
11.4

Harshit Rana to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

The move to send Ravichandran Ashwin up the order isn't quite working out for Rajasthan. A well-directed short ball around off and gets it high enough. Ashwin attempts a late ramp shot but is well beaten.

1
11.3

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Kolkata won't mind the singles and this is excellent bowling. Full and straight, in the blockhole and angling in, Jos Buttler heaves it away with an open stance to deep mid-wicket for a third single in the over.

1
11.2

Harshit Rana to Ravichandran Ashwin, 1 run

Goes for the tailing-in yorker at the legs but serves a full toss instead, Ravichandran Ashwin jams it wide of mid on for just one more.

1
11.1

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Slower delivery, on the stumps and right in the blockhole, Jos Buttler hangs deep and forces the lofted shot down to long off for a single. Something needs to give here for Rajasthan.

End of over 116 runs
RR: 115/4CRR: 10.45RRR: 12.11
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10.6

Varun Chakaravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, 4 runs

FOUR! Streaky but effective! Dragged short and over middle, Ravichandran Ashwin rocks back to pull but gets a thick outside edge that goes fine of short third and runs away to the fence.

1
10.5

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Bowled quite full and around off, Jos Buttler looks to clear the front leg and go downtown but doesn't get under it and hits it along the turf to long off for one.

0
10.4

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

Risky from Jos Buttler and the appeal for LBW is turned down. This is fired in full around off, Buttler goes for the reverse sweep and misses it completely, getting it on the back boot. Shreyas Iyer does review it eventually. No bat or glove is involved and Ball Tracking shows that impact is outside the line of off stump and the onfield call of NOT OUT will stand.

0
10.3

Varun Chakaravarthy to Jos Buttler, no run

A tad short on the stumps and coming back in, Jos Buttler backs away but can only play it back to the bowler.

1
10.2

Varun Chakaravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, 1 run

Flighted up, full and on middle and leg, Ravichandran Ashwin chips it away in front of mid-wicket and turns the strike over.

0
10.1

Varun Chakaravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

Starts off with a shortish ball on off stump, Ravichandran Ashwin gets pegged back and gets an inside edge back onto the pads.

End of over 108 runs
RR: 109/4CRR: 10.90RRR: 11.50
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9.6

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Scary moment for Kolkata and West Indies as Andre Russell was a bit rusty to get up but he is walking well after this fielding effort. Back of a length around middle and leg, Jos Buttler flat bats this to that gap between deep square and deep mid-wicket and takes a couple. Andre Russell fielded this with a stretch leg and was down for a while.

1
9.5

Mitchell Starc to Ravichandran Ashwin, 1 run

Back of a length around the pads, Ravichandran Ashwin looks for the nudge towards leg but closes the bat face early and get it just past Starc on his follow through for a single.

0
9.4

Mitchell Starc to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

Excellent fielding from Ramandeep Singh as he saves a certain boundary for his side. Pitched up on off, Ravichandran Ashwin leans back and drives this towards the backward point expecting runs but Ramandeep Singh dives well to his right and keeps it down to nothing.

1
9.3

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

On a length around middle and leg, Jos Buttler tucks this to deep mid-wicket for one.

0
9.2

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, no run

Good length on top of off, Jos Buttler edges this towards Ramandeep Singh at backward point for no run.

4
9.1

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Jos is winning the battle against Starc tonight so far. Pitched up on off, Jos Buttler lofts this up and over the mid off fielder for a boundary.

End of over 93 runs
RR: 101/4CRR: 11.22RRR: 11.18
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8.6

Sunil Narine to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

Tossed up a bit quicker and on off, Ravichandran Ashwin drills this back to the bowler.

0
8.5

Sunil Narine to Ravichandran Ashwin, no run

Short of a length outside off, Ravichandran Ashwin chops this off the under-edge towards point for no run.

1
8.5

Sunil Narine to Ravichandran Ashwin, 1 run

Tossed up around the pads, turning down leg. Ravichandran Ashwin misses this flick and the keeper collects well to his left. Ravichandran Ashwin looks amazed by this not being signaled as ide as asks for a review for WIde. The UltraEdge suggests nothing as the ball went past the batter and the on-fielder umpire is asked to signal Wide.

5:00 PM IST Ravichandran Ashwin has been sent up the order now.
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8.4

Sunil Narine to Dhruv Jurel, no run

OUT! LBW! Narine can do no wrong today. Tossed up a bit quicker this time, Dhruv Jurel takes a good stride out to block this but misses. Sunil Narine and Phil Salt appeal for an LBW but the umpire is unmoved. Shreyas Iyer after a consultation with Narine asks for a DRS. The ball tracker suggested all reds and the onfield umpire is asked to reverse his decision of Not-out to OUT. An excellent review from Iyer and Kolkata.

0
8.3

Sunil Narine to Dhruv Jurel, no run

Fuller one around off, Dhruv Jurel cuts this to point for no run.

1
8.2

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Quicker one in middle, Jos Buttler rocks back and pushes this towards long on for one.

1
8.1

Sunil Narine to Dhruv Jurel, 1 run

Off-break around middle and leg, Dhruv Jurel tucks this towards square leg and takes one.

End of over 813 runs
RR: 98/3CRR: 12.25RRR: 10.50
Ball
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Harshit Rana:2-0-20-2
1
7.6

Harshit Rana to Dhruv Jurel, 1 run

Back of a length around off, Dhruv Jurel dabs this late towards third man for one.

4:54 PM IST Dhruv Jurel is the new man in.
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7.5

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, no run

OUT! TAKEN IN THE DEEP! Excellent bit of bowling from Rana. Rolled his fingers on this and Riyan was too early into his stroke. Slower one around off, Riyan Parag looked to rip the bones out of it but ended up skying this high in the dark sky towards deep mid-wicket region. Andre Russell does well to run in from the fence and take a good catch as the ball was swirling above the big guy.

1
7.4

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Good length around the pads, Jos Buttler tucks this gently towards square leg for one.

1
7.3

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 1 run

Misses out on another boundary. Pitched up and was there to be hit but Riyan gets it off the toe and rolls it toward Andre Russell at deep mid-wicket for one.

4
7.2

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 4 runs

FOUR! Wristy! Back of a length wide of off, Riyan Parag stretches his arms and cuts this over the backward point fielder for four.

6
7.1

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 6 runs

SIX! OH DEAR ME! Shade of arrogance behind this from Riyan Parag. On a length around the pads, Riyan Parag stands still and flicks this taking it over the fence towards deep fine leg for a maximum.

4:47 PM IST Strategic Break! This has been a good first 7 overs of the chase and the game seems to be in the balance for now. Rajasthan have lost a couple of key batters but Jos Buttler and Riyan Parag looked settled. Kolkata will look to boss the middle phase with Sunil Narine and co but need more wickets to get on top of proceedings. Rajasthan bat deep and the middle phase will be crucial for both sides. Let's see which team gets their noses ahead before the death overs. Also, Harshit Rana switches ends.
End of over 79 runs
RR: 85/2CRR: 12.14RRR: 10.69
Ball
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Jos Buttler:23 (16)
Riyan Parag:23 (10)
Sunil Narine:1-0-8-0
0
6.6

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, no run

Tossed up around off, Jos Buttler gives it some respect and blocks this out.

1
6.5

Sunil Narine to Riyan Parag, 1 run

Fuller on off, Riyan Parag gently drives this to long off and takes a comfortable single.

1
6.4

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 1 run

LEG BYE! Length dragged back and a bit quicker, Jos Buttler misses this flick but takes a single as the ball clips his pads and rolls towards the leg side.

2
6.3

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 2 runs

Touch fuller and in middle, Jos Buttler goes deep in his crease and flicks this towards the gap at deep mid-wicket for a couple.

2
6.3

Sunil Narine to Riyan Parag, 2 runs

TWO WIDES! Short of a length down leg, Riyan Parag swings wild but misses and so does Phil Salt behind the stumps. The batters run a single.

2
6.2

Sunil Narine to Riyan Parag, 2 runs

Nicely judged couple. Short of a length in middle, Riyan Parag rocks back and nudges this softly towards deep mid-wicket and scampers back for a couple.

1
6.1

Sunil Narine to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Narine starts off with one around the pads, Jos Buttler tucks this to short fine for a quick one.

4:44 PM IST Sunil Narine comes into the attack straight after the Powerplay.
End of over 623 runs
RR: 76/2CRR: 12.67RRR: 10.57
Ball
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Jos Buttler:20 (12)
Vaibhav Arora:3-0-45-1
4
5.6

Vaibhav Arora to Riyan Parag, 4 runs

FOUR! A boundary to end the over and the Powerplay and Rajasthan are 76/2. Pitched full and wide of off, Riyan Parag shifted his body weight nicely as he leaned over and drives this through the gap between mid off and extra-cover for four.

6
5.5

Vaibhav Arora to Riyan Parag, 6 runs

SIX! BONKERS! That's how good Riyan has been this season. Good length around middle and leg, Riyan Parag stays still and swings well with a pure connection right from the middle of his bat taking this all the way over the long on fence for a maximum.

1
5.4

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Back of a length into the body, Jos Buttler pulls this flat towards deep square leg for a single.

6
5.3

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, 6 runs

SIX! HAMMERED! A loosener from Vaibhav Arora does no good to him and Kolkata as he throws a full toss in the middle towards Jos who just clears his front leg and launches this over the fielder at long on for a maximum.

1
5.3

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, 1 run

NO BALL! A good delivery from Vaibhav but he has overstepped and it is going to be a free hit for Jos. Full and angled into the legs, Jos fails to swing it away.

1
5.2

Vaibhav Arora to Riyan Parag, 1 run

Good length delivery just outside off, Riyan Parag takes a good stride in front and drives this towards extra-cover for one.

4
5.1

Vaibhav Arora to Riyan Parag, 4 runs

FOUR! Much better from Riyan Parag. Vaibhav darts this onto his pads and Riyan just glances this all along the carpet through square leg for four.

End of over 57 runs
RR: 53/2CRR: 10.60RRR: 11.40
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1
4.6

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 1 run

Good length angled into the pads, Riyan Parag once again looks to back away and swings across the line but miscues it behind square leg for just a single. Top first over from Harshit Rana.

4
4.5

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 4 runs

FOUR! A streaky boundary and that could have easily gone onto the stumps. Nagging length on middle and leg and angling it in, Riyan Parag looks not back away and gets it off the leading edge just past the stumps and past short third as well for a boundary.

1
4.5

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, 1 run

WIDE! The attempted slower one now, fuller and trying to attack the pads but it is spilled well down leg for a wide.

0
4.4

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, no run

Beaten! Hard length over the stumps and angling in at 145 clicks, Riyan Parag looks to make room and cut is away but is beaten by the pace and bounce.

0
4.3

Harshit Rana to Riyan Parag, no run

A quick bumper now, banged in halfway down the track and outside off, Riyan Parag goes chasing after it but misses by a long way.

4:33 PM IST Riyan Parag comes in next for Rajasthan.
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4.2

Harshit Rana to Sanju Samson, no run

OUT! CAUGHT! Straight up and taken! The cross-seamer from Harshit Rana and he bowls it at almost 145 clicks, on a hard length and angled into the batter. Sanju Samson gets himself in an awkward position and looks to whip it away but closes the bat face early and the ball gets lobbed up just over mid on. Sunil Narine tracks back and takes it reverse cup and that earlier dropped catch doesn't cost Kolkata much.

1
4.1

Harshit Rana to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Starts on a nagging length at 140 clicks and looks to swing it in from off stump, Jos Buttler with a tentative push and gets an inside edge behind square leg for a single.

4:30 PM IST Harshit Rana replaces Mitchell Starc (2-0-24-0) in the attack.
End of over 410 runs
RR: 46/1CRR: 11.50RRR: 11.12
Ball
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0
3.6

Vaibhav Arora to Sanju Samson, no run

Closes out the over well after conceding two boundaries right at the start. Full and on off stump, Sanju Samson plays it back to the bowler.

1
3.5

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Slightly fuller and outside off, driven off the outer half of the bat to the left of cover-point for a quick run. Good fielding there.

0
3.4

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, no run

Right around the top of off stump and just angling in, Jos Buttler stays back and pushes it back to the bowler.

1
3.3

Vaibhav Arora to Sanju Samson, 1 run

Length ball at the stumps, punched away from the crease to long on for a single.

4
3.2

Vaibhav Arora to Sanju Samson, 4 runs

FOUR! Excellent awareness from Sanju Samson. Fullish length outside off, Samson gets across the off stump and whips it away off the pads in front of deep square leg for another boundary.

4
3.1

Vaibhav Arora to Sanju Samson, 4 runs

FOUR! Glorious! Good length on middle and angling in, Sanju Samson holds his shape well and just lofts it over mid on for a boundary while holding the pose as well.

End of over 313 runs
RR: 36/1CRR: 12.00RRR: 11.05
Ball
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1
2.6

Mitchell Starc to Sanju Samson, 1 run

Did it carry? Much better from Mitchell Starc as he brings the line a lot closer to the off stump and gets it to seam away. Sanju Samson prods ahead and looks to drive but gets an outside edge that goes down towards short third where Varun Chakaravarthy dives forward and the ball goes through him on the bounce. A single is taken. The replays show that the ball did carry and hence, that is a big miss that could haunt Kolkata.

1
2.5

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Short and wide again, hit away firmly through cover-point for just a single as there is now protection in the deep.

4
2.4

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Too much width on offer and Jos Buttler says thank you very much. Lacking control here as Mitchell Starc serves it way too short and way too wide, Buttler reaches out and slaps it in front of square on the off side for another boundary.

1
2.4

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

WIDE! Short ball, banged in well down the leg side at 141 clicks, Jos Buttler misses the pull and a wide is called.

0
2.3

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, no run

Back of a length and outside off, Jos Buttler looks to stand tall and punch it away hut hits it straight to cover-point.

1
2.3

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

WIDE! Goes full and wide again but pushes it a bit too wide, left alone.

4
2.2

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 4 runs

FOUR! Crashed away and Jos Buttler has the number of Mitchell Starc in this format as he generally strikes at over 175 against the left-armer. Full and wide at 146 clicks but right in the slot, Buttler frees his arms and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary.

1
2.1

Mitchell Starc to Sanju Samson, 1 run

On a hard length outside off, looking for the inswinger but this one slants right across and Sanju Samson taps it away to third man for a single.

End of over 212 runs
RR: 23/1CRR: 11.50RRR: 11.16
Ball
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1
1.6

Vaibhav Arora to Sanju Samson, 1 run

Gets away with a loosener! This is a juicy full toss on the fifth stump line, Sanju Samson stands tall and mistimes the punch to the left of mid off and scampers across for a run.

4:18 PM IST Sanju Samson walks out next for Rajasthan.
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1.5

Vaibhav Arora to Yashasvi Jaiswal, no run

OUT! CAUGHT! Changes the angle of attack and gets the wicket! Brave bowling from Vaibhav Arora as he comes from around the stumps but bowls it full again and gets it right on the money. This one swings away from off stump and Yashasvi Jaiswal is on the back foot looking to whack it over covers. Just that hint of away movement means the outside edge is found and Venkatesh Iyer at first slip takes a sharp catch. Another short stay at the crease for Jaiswal.

4
1.4

Vaibhav Arora to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 4 runs

FOUR! Just over! Pitched up full on middle and leg, Yashasvi Jaiswal looks to whip it over mid-wicket but gets it straighter and wide of mid on where Varun Chakaravarthy dives across but the ball eludes him and goes into the fence.

6
1.3

Vaibhav Arora to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 6 runs

SIX! BANG! A tad full and angled across the left-hander, Yashasvi Jaiswal waits back in the crease and is able to free his arms, thumping it over long off for the first maximum of the chase. 50th maximum for Jaiswal in the Inddian T20 League as well.

0
1.2

Vaibhav Arora to Yashasvi Jaiswal, no run

Goes well full and pace on this time at the off stump, Yashasvi Jaiswal hangs back, clears the front leg but drives it straight to covers.

1
1.1

Vaibhav Arora to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Bustles in from over the wicket and bowls a slower one, fuller and angled into the stumps, Jos Buttler just pushes it to mid on for a quick single.

4:13 PM IST The Impact sub, Vaibhav Arora will bowl from the other end.
End of over 111 runs
RR: 11/0CRR: 11.00RRR: 11.21
Ball
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4
0.6

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 4 runs

FOUR! A boundary to end the over and Rajasthan get 11 off the first over. Back of a length on the fifth stump line, Yashasvi Jaiswal goes after it and gets it off the outer half and well fine of deep point for a boundary.

0
0.5

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, no run

Swing and a miss! Full and outside off, good pace again from Starc, well over 143 clicks and swinging away. Yashasvi Jaiswal doesn't move his feet and just throws his hands at it but misses.

4
0.4

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 4 runs

FOUR! Hammers that one away though! Good length at 144 clicks and slightly wide of the off stump, Yashasvi Jaiswal holds his shape, stays back and thumps it over covers for a boundary.

0
0.3

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, no run

A play and a miss! Banged in short and wide, swinging away at 142 clicks, Yashasvi Jaiswal with a loose attempt at the cut shot and he is well beaten.

1
0.2

Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, 1 run

Good length on middle and leg at 146.7 clicks, Jos Buttler watches it well and just nudges it in front of mid-wicket for a single.

1
0.1

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 1 run

Hard length in and around the off stump, Yashasvi Jaiswal hops back and edges it down with soft hands towards third man for a single to get off the mark.

1
0.1

Mitchell Starc to Yashasvi Jaiswal, 1 run

WIDE! A bit too loose to begin with! Steams from over the wicket and drags it down outside off and gets it to swing well away from the batter. Good take from the keeper though and Rajasthan are underway with a wide.

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