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IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: 5 key clashes & memorable matches

The Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) qualified for IPL 2018 as the third placed team in the league stage while Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) were fourth-placed

cricket Updated: May 22, 2018 18:13 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
IPL 2018,Kolkata Knight Riders,Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals would hope Jaydev Unadkat to negate Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting attack in IPL 2018 qualifier 1.(HT Photo)

Kolkata Knight Riders face Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. The Dinesh Karthik-led KKR qualified as the third placed team while Ajinkya Rahane-led RR were fourth-placed. A look at the five player clashes that might decide the fate of the eliminator, and a list of five memorable clashes between KKR and RR.

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Chris Lynn vs Gopal and Sodhi: Not many teams use two leggies but RR could given Gopal’s run of four wickets against RCB and Sodhi’s been an economic addition with a googly that right-handers have struggled to pick. Lynn has anchored KKR’s batting and has got three half-centuries. He provides the perfect foil to Sunil Narine but is known to struggle against spin.

Jofra Archer vs Andre Russell: The big men from the Caribbean could provide an interesting sub-plot to the match. Russell is known to struggle against the short ball and that could make Archer difficult to put away. Russell too is a crafty bowler and should the roles be reversed, it could make for some interesting times.

Kuldeep Yadav vs Ajinkya Rahane: India mates they may be but it was Rahane’s attempted reverse-sweep off Yadav that gave the Chinaman bowler his confidence back and triggered Royals’ downfall. Rahane has struggled in this IPL but is too good a player to not be able to come back.

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Rahul Tripathi vs Sunil Narine: The batsman comes into the eliminator having made 80 in the last game but he struggled against Shivam Mavi here. Narine, who at 121 has the most number of dot balls from either team, is usually used in the Power Play and that could lead to an interesting contest.

Dinesh Karthik v Jaydev Unadkat: Karthik has got useful runs at a brisk pace at the back-end. Unadkat has struggled to justify his Rs 11.5 crore price tag but being a former KKR player, he would know the conditions better and if he can stifle Karthik’s busy batting, it could hand RR a significant advantage.

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Five memorable KKR-RR matches

Cape Town, April 23, 2009

Two sixes and a four from Yusuf Pathan off Ajantha Mendis hurt KKR so much in the Super Over that they decided to buy him at the earliest available opportunity. Those lusty blows helped RR win the Super Over after the teams were tied on 150 after 40 overs. Pathan had made a 21-ball 42 to help RR reach 150/6. KKR made 150/8 with Sourav Ganguly top-scoring with 46 and Kamran Khan taking 3/18 in his four overs.

Abu Dhabi, April 29, 2014

Another Super Over in a foreign land and another defeat for KKR. This time too it was the Royals who batted first and made 152/5 with Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 72. Led by Gautam Gambhir’s 45, KKR equalled the score after needing only 16 off 12 balls with six wickets in hand. Both teams scored 11 in the Super Over but Royals won on the boundary count.

Jaipur, May 1, 2008

Shane Warne took RR to their fourth successive win and ripped into Sourav Ganguly for refusing to walk after Graeme Smith had claimed a catch. RR’s 45-run win came after Swapnil Asnodkar top scored with 60 and Yusuf Pathan made 55. KKR folded up for 151 with Ganguly making 51 and David Hussey 42.

Jaipur, April 15, 2011

KKR won this riding on Jacques Kallis’ 80 and his second-wicket stand of 152 with skipper Gautam Gambhir who made 75. Chasing 160, KKR won in 18.3 overs after Rahul Dravid (35), Shane Watson (22) couldn’t capitalise on their starts. And though he didn’t do much in this comprehensive win by then Yusuf Pathan had switched sides to wearing purple.

Kolkata, April 17, 2011

Laxmipathy Balaji became KKR’s hero taking 3/15 in 3 overs as RR were all out for 81 in 15.2 overs. Shakib Al Hasan took 2/21 in 4 overs. Their bowlers having done the job, KKR won by eight wickets with Gambhir (35) and Manoj Tiwary (30) taking them to victory in 13.5 overs.

First Published: May 22, 2018 17:27 IST