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IPL 2019 Highlights, KKR vs RR: Rajasthan Royals win by three wickets

KKR vs RR As It Happened, IPL 2019: Follow highlights from the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

By HT Correspondent | Apr 26, 2019 00:26 IST

Highlights: Teenager Riyan Parag led a dramatic late fightback along with Jofra Archer as Rajasthan Royals recovered from a batting slump to snatch a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match in Kolkata on Thursday. The 17-year-old Parag from Assam played without any fear in only his 14th T20 match to score a 31-ball 47 in a determined rearguard innings as the Royals chased down their target of 176 with four balls to spare.

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23:49 hrs IST

Archer wraps up the match with a six and a four

Archer inched Rajasthan closer to victory with a boundary off the first ball of the last over from Krishna. He finished the match with a six off the next delivery. The Rajasthan Royals haven’t had the best of days with the bat, but Parag and Archer held their nerve and took their team over the line. Archer remained unbeaten on 27 from 12 balls, while Parag scored 47 runs from 31 balls.

23:43 hrs IST

Parag smashes Russell for a six and gets out

Parag has played a gem of an innings here. He took on Russell and sent him for a six over the straight boundary, but in the very nest ball he hit the stumps with his bat. Parag is out hit wicket for 47 runs. RR need 9 from 7 balls.

23:40 hrs IST

Parag inches Rajasthan closer to victory

Parag slams Krishna for a six and a four as Rajasthan move to 158/6 in 18 overs. They need 18 runs from 12 balls to win. Suddenly, the Rajasthan Royals are in the driver’s seat!

23:34 hrs IST

Narine concedes 15 runs

Is there a twist in the tale? Archer and Parag are looking very comfortable in the middle and are sensibly getting towards their target. They take 15 runs from the 17th over as RR need 31 runs from 18 balls.

23:27 hrs IST

Gopal departs for 18 runs

Gopal goes for a big shot but hits the ball straight to Shubman Gill in the long-off area. He goes for 18 runs as Rajasthan Royals lose their sixth wicket.

23:17 hrs IST

Kolkata in driver’s seat

The Rajasthan Royals need 72 runs from 38 balls and they have Parag and Gopal at the crease. The Kolkata Knight Riders can easily close out this match from here.

23:09 hrs IST

Binny falls for 11 runs

Binny tries to open his arms against Chawla and gets caught in the deep. He goes for 11 runs as Rajasthan continue to crumble.

23:06 hrs IST

Brathwaite concedes 11 runs

Parag and Binny haven’t given up and are keeping Rajasthan in the chase with some streaky boundaries. Rajasthan move to 96/4 in 12 overs.

22:57 hrs IST

Stokes departs for 11 runs

Ben Stokes takes on Piyush Chawla and he gets caught in the deep by Andre Russell. Is that game,set and match for Rajasthan? RR rest their hopes on Riyan Parag and Stuart Binny.

22:55 hrs IST

Stokes and Parag hang on

Stokes and Parag take 11 runs from Prithviraj’s over as Rajasthan move to 78/3 in 10 overs.

22:45 hrs IST

Narine strikes again

Narine bowls Smith out! The skipper had no idea about the line of the ball and missed it completely. Rajasthan are in deep deep trouble now. They will need a special innings from Stokes today.

22:38 hrs IST

Chawla bowls Samson out

Sanju Samson leaves a big gap between bat and pad as the ball from Piyush Chawla goes through it and hits the stumps. He goes for 22 runs as Rajasthan are in a spot of bother here.

22:31 hrs IST

Narine dismisses Rahane

Rahane misjudges the line of the ball from Narine as it strikes him in front of the stumps. The opener doesn’t review it and goes for 34 runs.

22:26 hrs IST

Rahane slams 14 runs in three balls

Rahane is picking the deliveries from Prithviraj very well. He slams him for 16 runs in three balls as Rajasthan move to 53/0 in 5 overs.

22:18 hrs IST

Russell concedes 13 runs

Rahane and Samson take on Russell as the West Indian concedes 13 runs in the third over. Rajasthan move to 30/0, need 146 more runs to win.

22:09 hrs IST

Rahane looking good

Rahane times the ball beautifully to send a delivery from Brathwaite to the boundary in the first over. Rajasthan: 5/0 in one over.

21:52 hrs IST

Karthik scores 97 as Kolkata post 175/6 in 20 overs

Karthik smashes Unadkat for two sixes and a four in the last over as Kolkata post 175/6 in 20 overs. The KKR skipper remained unbeaten on 97 at the end of the innings.

21:44 hrs IST

Archer concedes 16 runs in the 19th over

Dinesh Karthik smashes Jofra Archer for two consecutive sixes as Rajasthan Royals move to 157/6 in 19 overs. Can KKR post a total of 170 from here?

21:34 hrs IST

Rahane takes a brilliant catch

Brathwaite looked threatening when he smashed Unadkat for a boundary, but in the very next ball, the West Indian goes for a big shot and Rahane dives forward to take a good catch in the deep. Brathwaite goes for 5 runs as KKR move to 131/6 in 17.2 overs.

21:25 hrs IST

Russell goes for 14

Big wicket for Rajasthan Royals! Andre Russell is cramped for room as he tries to pull a delivery off Oshane Thomas. He hits the ball straight to Riyan Parag in the deep. KKR: 127/5 in 17 overs.

21:23 hrs IST

Karthik scores fifty

Dinesh Karthik brings up his half-century in 35 balls. The KKR captain has played a brilliant innings after coming into bat in a pressure situation. KKR: 119/4 in 16.4 overs.

21:15 hrs IST

Costly drop for Rajasthan Royals

Andre Russell should never be dropped and certainly when he is batting on three. Russell strikes a delivery from Jofra Archer straight to Stuart Binny and the all-rounder puts the catch down! KKR: 100/4 in 15 overs.

21:04 hrs IST

Karthik powers KKR on

Karthik slashes at a delivery from Aaron and the ball goes onto the stands. The KKR captain is looking good in the middle at the moment. He and Russell need to stay till the end for Kolkata. KKR: 92/4 in 13.3 overs.

20:55 hrs IST

Aaron runs out Narine

Karthik goes for a second run which isn’t there. Narine is far away from the crease as Aaron throws the ball to Rahane, who takes off the bails. Replays show that Karthik didn’t finish the first run as well. Narine goes for 11 runs.

20:51 hrs IST

Big over for Kolkata

Finally the KKR have got a move on here. Karthik slams Gopal for three sixes and a four before Narine wrapped up the 11th over with a big six. Gopal concedes 25 runs in the 11th over as KKR move to 74/3 in 11 overs.

20:48 hrs IST

Kolkata reach 49/3 in 10 overs

Surprisingly, Sunil Narine has come out to bat at number five. The West Indian isn’t looking to slog every ball, but he is trying to bat sensibly with Dinesh Karthik. The Kolkata Knight Riders reach 49/3 in 10 overs. They certainly need a move on in the next over.

20:38 hrs IST

Rana departs for 21 runs

Rana tries to slash at a delivery from Gopal, but hits the ball straight to Aaron on the off-side. Kolkata are in trouble as they have lost their third wicket. KKR: 42/3 in 8.2 overs.

20:32 hrs IST

Gopal bowls a brilliant over

Shreyas Gopal concedes just three runs in the seventh over. The Rajasthan Royals are keeping the Kolkata Knight Riders under control at the moment. Rana and Karthik will hope that they don’t leave too much to do for Russell and Brathwaite later on in the innings.

20:23 hrs IST

Aaron strikes twice!

Varun Aaron is on fire today! He bowls a brilliant in-swinger to Shubman Gill and the ball crashes onto the stumps. The Kolkata Knight Riders are in trouble at 31/2.

20:13 hrs IST

Streaky boundary for Rana

Rana has been living dangerously in this innings so far. He runs down a delivery from Aaron for a boundary through the third man region. KKR: 14/1 in three overs.

20:02 hrs IST

Aaron dismisses Lynn in the first over

Varun Aaron strikes for the Rajasthan Royals! Chris Lynn inside-edges a delivery onto the stumps and goes for a duck in the third ball of the first over. The Rajasthan Royals are away.

19:57 hrs IST

Captains corner

Steve Smith: We are gonna bowl first. It (pitch) looks nice. Bit of grass coverage. A bit of a welcome change from what we are playing in Jaipur. Some positive signs, you want your batters in the top four to score runs. We got two changes. Big Oshane Thomas makes his IPL debut. He comes in for Ashton Turner. Dhawal Kulkarni is out and Varun Aaron replaces him.

Dinesh Karthik: It’s got a lot of grass cover on it and it’ll be a great batting wicket. One of the things is to keep right people in the right space. It’s very important that we get the best out of the players who are doing well. Prasidh comes in for KC Cariappa. Brathwaite comes in for Gurney.

19:39 hrs IST

RR Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron

19:36 hrs IST

KKR Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna

19:33 hrs IST

RR opt to field

Rajasthan Royals opt to field against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Two changes for both sides as the pitch looks like a fine batting track.

19:28 hrs IST

Russell Mania

Andre Russell’s IPL exploits deservingly earned him a place in the Jason Holder-led 15-member West Indies squad for the World Cup in England and Wales starting May 30.

Russell has been in prime form for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and has so far singlehandedly won four games for his franchise. However, Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians and Sunil Narine of KKR have not picked in the squad which also has 40-year-old Chris Gayle who will wear the West Indies jersey one last time.

19:21 hrs IST

Player Battle: Archer vs Russell

Andre Russell’s big-hitting ability had been the key to KKR’s initial success in the tournament and the men in purple would expect the Caribbean superstar to put on another saviour act tonight. In front of the power hitter will be Royals’ biggest weapon, England’s Jofra Archer. Archer’s extra pace and immaculate discipline could be the answer to the ruthlessness of Russell’s big blade.

19:13 hrs IST

Player Battle: Karthik vs Stokes

Two men who were expected to deliver the goods but have been below par with their performances this season have a chance to make amends. Stokes has been poor with the ball in hand and would like to make a difference in his last outing of the season. Karthik on the other hand has struggled as captain and a good hand with the bat will go a long way in pumping up his morale.

19:05 hrs IST

Player Battle: Smith vs Narine

The two players who will be expected to hold fort during the middle over with bat and ball respectively. Narine has dismissed Smith once before but it is the Australian who holds the edge in this duel. Smith could be the key for the Royals as they look to create a platform for a late assault, while KKR will expect Narine the spinner to pick the crucial wickets.

18:59 hrs IST

KKR Practice

18:56 hrs IST

KKR’s troubles

Robin Uthappa has been struggling with his own issues. While he has managed to score more runs than Karthik, 220 to be exact in nine matches but his strike rate of 119.56 has been a real cause of concern for the two-time champions.

Uthappa wasted a lot of deliveries, which proved to be costly in their last home game against RCB. KKR fell 10 short of the 214-run target. He was dropped in their last game and so was Kuldeep Yadav who has failed to shine this season going for lot of runs and failing to deceive the batsmen.

Five cricketers -- Karthik, Uthappa, wicket-keeper Nikhil Naik and pacers Shrikant Munde and Prithvi Raj Yarra -- went to Mumbai for a break, a move Kallis said was done to take the players away from the game a bit and re-energise.

18:52 hrs IST

Test for Karthik

Chosen ahead of the young Rishabh Pant in the World Cup squad in a debatable decision,Dinesh Karthik, who was KKR’s leading run-getter last season, is struggling for runs with an average of 16.71 from nine outings.

Facing a must-win situation ahead of the remaining four matches, head coach Jacques Kallis has backed the under-fire skipper to script a 2014-like turnaround when they won their second title with nine wins in a row.

18:42 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of the IPL 2019 encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. KKR found themselves on the brink of elimination with five losses in a row, the latest coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday as the team think tank chose to give their under performing India players, including skipper Karthik, some days’ break. Rajasthan Royals are also struggling at the eighth position.