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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018 Eliminator, highlights: KKR beat RR by 25 runs

Follow highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018 eliminator here. Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell guided KKR to victory over RR in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday

cricket Updated: May 23, 2018 22:53 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times
KKR cricketers celebrate after their win over RR in the Indian Premier League Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.  Follow highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018 eliminator here.
KKR cricketers celebrate after their win over RR in the Indian Premier League Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. Follow highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018 eliminator here.(BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) produced a disciplined bowling performance to beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 25 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. Chasing 170, Sanju Samson (50) and Ajinkya Rahane (46) looked in control but Piyush Chawla (2/24) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/18) were the top bowling performers for KKR as they clinched the game for the hosts. Earlier, skipper Dinesh Karthik (52 off 38) and all-rounder Andre Russell (49 off 25 balls) played brilliantly as KKR posted a competitive total of 169/7 in 20 overs. Krishnappa Gowtham, Ben Laughlin and Jofra Archer took two wickets each to give RR the early momentum, but KKR fought back brilliantly. KKR will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday. Follow highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018 eliminator here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING)

22:50 hrs IST: Andre Russell was the man of the match for his impressive all-round performance.

22:48 hrs IST: “I think winning 4 games on the row feels good. Credit to Shubman Gill. He played some lovely shots and eased the pressure of me. In these kind of crunch games, it is never about the par score. Touchwood, the bowlers have picked up their game.” - Dinesh Karthik after the victory.

22:40 hrs IST: Rajasthan Royals needed 61 runs to win from 6 overs, but they completely lost the plot to slump to a 25-run victory.

22:30 hrs IST: That’s it! KKR have won the game by 25 runs and they will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2!

22:26 hrs IST: What an over by Andre Russell. The batsmen had no chance and this is almost over. Rajasthan Royals need 34 runs in 6 balls

22:21 hrs IST: KKR is clearly in the driver’s seat with Andre Russell and possibly Prasidh Krishna bowling the final over.Rajasthan Royals need 40 runs in 12 balls

22:17 hrs IST: Prasidh Krishna is bowling the 18th over and lot will depend on his performance. RR 129/3

22:14 hrs IST: Sanju Samson reached his fifty but was unable to stay for long as he was dismissed by Piyush Chawla. Rajasthan Royals need 44 runs in 19 balls, RR 126/3

22:11 hrs IST: An important boundary for Heinrich Klaasen as Rajasthan Royals need 51 runs in 24 balls. This match is truly going down to the wire!

22:06 hrs IST: The match is suddenly turning in KKR’s favour. Rajasthan Royals need 59 runs in 30 balls.

22:03 hrs IST: OUT! Ajinkya Rahane departs as Kuldeep Yadav completes a good caught and bowled dismissal. Can this be the start of the Kolkata Knight Riders revival? RR 111/2

21:55 hrs IST: Andre Russell gets the next over and it is getting quite tight. The same trend continued in the next over and Sunil Narine is looking quite lethal at the moment. A six for Sanju Samson and with 36 balls to go, Rajasthan Royals need 61 runs more to win.

21:50 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla is getting a lot of turn and this is now getting close. Rajasthan Royals need 74 runs in 48 balls but they have nine wickets remaining.

21:46 hrs IST: Tidy over by Kuldeep Yadav as he conceded just 2 runs. Pressure slowly building as Rajasthan Royals need 80 runs in 54 balls.

21:41 hrs IST: A six and a four for Sanju Samson and the KKR bowlers are really struggling at the moment. Rajasthan Royals need 82 runs in 59 balls.

21:34 hrs IST: Two boundaries for Samson and it has been a disappointing performance by Kuldeep Yadav till now. After 9 overs, Rajasthan Royals are 74 for the loss of one wicket.

21:31 hrs IST: This is good batting by the RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane as he reached 35 off 24 balls. Rajasthan Royals need 106 runs in 72 balls and judging by their performance till now, the visitors are clearly in the driver’s seat.

21:27 hrs IST: A decent over by Kuldeep Yadav as just three runs came from it. Rajasthan Royals need 116 runs in 78 balls.

21:23 hrs IST: Sanju Samson is the new batsman for RR and the team’s 50 came up in the 6th over. Rajasthan Royals 51 for the loss of one wicket.

21:19 hrs IST: OUT! Finally the breakthrough for KKR as Piyush Chawla gets the wicket of Rahul Tripathi. It was a soft dismissal as Tripathi gave an easy catch back to the bowler. RR 47/1

21:16 hrs IST: Two consecutive sixes for Rahul Tripathi and this was a bad start for Sunil Narine. 5 overs gone and RR are 47 for no loss.

21:12 hrs IST: Prasidh Krishna was unable to stop the runs as RR are 32/0 after 4 overs.

21:07 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla bowls the third over and he ended up conceding an easy boundary. There was a close LBW call but the RR openers are going great guns right now. RR 22/0

21:02 hrs IST: Rahane is looking quite comfortable and he gets another boundary through mid-wicket off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna. RR 15/0 after 2 overs.

20:58 hrs IST: A six for Ajinkya Rahane and a solid start for Rajasthan Royals. Russell bowled well but it was some confident batting by the RR skipper. RR 9/0

20:52 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to start the proceedings for RR while Andre Russell will bowl the first over for KKR. Game on!

20:48 hrs IST: Karthik held the innings together with Shubman Gill, the duo adding 55 for the fifth wicket when all looked lost. The KKR skipper made 52 off 38 balls with four fours and two sixes and Gill made a 17-ball 28 that was worth much more given the circumstances in which it came. Then Russell provided turbo power in the end overs, his 49 coming in 25 balls with three fours and five sixes; the one slapped back off Jofra Archer in the 19th over encapsulating the kind of power those big hands can generate.

20:44 hrs IST: Shubman Gill was all praise for Andre Russell after the innings. Here’s what the youngster had to say - “Of course, he is a beast and always does it for us. Did it again. I think we got enough runs and we’ll give some good memories to the crowd.”

20:38 hrs IST: A boundary for Andre Russell and that’s the end of the innings. KKR were 169/7 and Andre Russell was unbeaten on 49 off 25 balls.

20:35 hrs IST: Another wicket goes down as Searles is caught in the deep by Joffra Archer. KKR 164/7

20:31 hrs IST: The first four balls conceded just 2 runs but Russell got his six in the fifth ball with a humongous shot over long-off. KKR 157/6

20:27 hrs IST: Two sixes for Andre Russell. One over mid-wicket and the last ball went over fine leg! This is not a bad total on this pitch as KKR are 149/6 after 18 overs.

20:23 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik departs! He went for the big one but was caught in the deep by Ajinkya Rahane. A big wicket for Ben Laughlin and Rajasthan Royals! KKR 135/6

20:21 hrs IST: 6,1,6,4, 1, 1 - Jaydev Unadkat’s lean run continues. Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik attacked the pacer and 25 runs came from that over. 17 overs gone, KKR are 135 for the loss of 5 wickets.

20:18 hrs IST: 16th IPL half century for KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik! This was a truly special innings from the wicket-keeper batsman and he reached the milestone with a boundary. KKR 123/5

20:13 hrs IST: A very good over by Ish Sodhi. He has been getting great turn today. KKR 116/5 in 16 overs

20:10 hrs IST: KKR lost Gill but they won’t mind much as Russell is the new batsman. He got a free hit early in his innings and the Windies all-rounder slammed the ball over mid-wicket for a huge six! KKR 114/5

20:06 hrs IST: OUT! Finally Shubman Gill’s innings comes to an end as he is caught behind off Joffra Archer for 28. Andre Russell is the new batsman. KKR 106/5

20:04 hrs IST: 2,1,4,6,1,6 -- What an over for Shubman Gill! The youngster is finally going on the offensive and it is a sight to behold. Two huge sixes over mid-wicket and KKR are 102/4 after 14 overs.

20:00 hrs IST: After 13 overs, KKR are 82/4. The partnership is now 33(31) and this is excellent stuff by Dinesh Karthik and Shubman Gill.

19:57 hrs IST: 12 overs gone. Kolkata Knight Riders are 76 for the loss of 4 wickets. Gill and Karthik continue to play brilliantly as KKR are slowly regaining the momentum.

19:53 hrs IST: Gill joins the party as he gets a cheeky boundary through third man. This partnership is exactly what the doctor ordered for KKR and they will have to play a big role today. KKR 73/4

19:48 hrs IST: Karthik continues to play sensibly as the scorecard keeps ticking thanks to the singles. There was also a boundary in the over and this can be the perfect learning moment for the young Shubhman Gill. KKR 63/4

19:43 hrs IST: Time for the first strategic time-out! It has been all RR till now with KKR batsmen struggling to get accustomed to the pitch. The spinners are getting quite a bit of movement off the turf and another wicket now can break the KKR innings completely. KKR 56/4

19:38 hrs IST: Shreyas Gopal strikes! The ball stayed a bit low and Lynn mistimed the shot straight to Gopal. This is a crucial wicket for RR and will this be the beginning of the end for KKR? KKR 51/4

19:33 hrs IST: Ish Sodhi is introduced into the attack and a quiet over for RR. Lynn and Karthik played him cautiously and just 2 runs came from it. KKR 48/3 after 7 overs.

19:30 hrs IST: This was exactly the over that KKR needed. Jaydev Unadkat was all over the place and the KKR batsmen took him to the cleaners with 14 runs coming in the over. Karthik got two consecutive boundaries while Lynn got one through the covers. KKR 46/3

19:24 hrs IST: End of the fifth over, Kolkata Knight Riders are 31 for the loss of 3 wickets. This is a good spell from Gowtham - he has taken two wickets and he is not leaking any runs. KKR needs a saviour right now and DK is the ideal candidate!

19:22 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman for KKR and a lot will depend on the skipper. He has performed well in the competition till now and he got a boundary of his very first ball. KKR 29/3

19:20 hrs IST: Horrible stuff by KKR as another batsman bites the dust. Nitish Rana went for a mindless shot off Joffra Archer and ended up getting caught at mid-on. Absolute horror show! KKR 24/3

19:17 hrs IST: KKR are truly on the backfoot now. Gowtham took his second wicket and this is turning out to be the perfect start for the visitors. Lynn continued the play his natural game and got a boundary, but the hosts are still struggling on 22/2 after 3 overs.

19:14 hrs IST: OUT! Krishnappa Gowtham strikes again! Uthappa top edged the straighter one from the spinner and it was an easy caught and bowled attempt for the youngster. KKR 17/2

19:11 hrs IST: Sensible batting by Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa as they kept the scorecard ticking. Joffra Archer struggled with his line, but there were no boundaries in the over. KKR 17/1

19:06 hrs IST: An eventful over to start the proceedings. A boundary came off the last ball when Uthappa attempted a reverse sweep but Gowtham will be happy with how he bowled there. KKR 10/1

19:01 hrs IST: A four and a wicket! Exciting start to the match. Narine slogged the first ball for a boundary but he was unable to connect with the second one and Klassen completed the easy stumping to provide the breakthrough for RR. KKR 4/1

18:59 hrs IST: Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders while Krishnappa Gowtham is bowling the first over.

18:55 hrs IST: There are chances of rain in Kolkata today and in case of a complete washout, KKR will advance to the Qualifier 2 thanks to their better position in the group stages.

18:52 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK -- Sunil Narine needs two more wickets to take 50 IPL wickets at Eden Gardens. Lasith Malinga. at Wankhede Stadium, is the only other to achieve such a feat.

18:46 hrs IST: The Eden was emptier than usual at toss time but that is possibly because this is a midweek clash and the stands would fill up as the evening blends into night. KKR would want the proverbial 12th man to back them as it has throughout this season.

18:40 hrs IST: In the pitch report, Michael Clarke said that it will be a good batting surface and both teams will score a lot of runs - something that is not quite uncommon for the Eden Gardens pitch.

18:34 hrs IST: Both teams are going with an unchanged squad. Here’s a look at the playing XIs -

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin

18:31 hrs IST: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to field in the crucial encounter. This will be a blow to KKR as they are more comfortable while chasing.

18:28 hrs IST: In other news, AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. The South African talisman making his decision known through social media on Wednesday. Read the full story here.

18:25 hrs IST: RR’s Jofra Archer experiment didn’t yield favourable results against RCB, and they can look for a proper opener like D’Arcy Short on Wednesday.

18:20 hrs IST: This is the sixth time since 2011 when the playoffs were introduced that twice champions KKR have survived the league phase. After winning in 2008, RR, who didn’t come to the ground because of early evening rain, made that far only in 2013 before this.

18:14 hrs IST: When it comes to their head-to-head record, KKR have a 8-7 advantage over RR. But, at Eden Gardens, the hosts have won five out of their six games against Rajasthan Royals.

18:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the IPL 2018 Eliminator match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

During the group stages of the tournament, KKR were able to defeat RR on both occasions and the visitors will be trying to break that trend at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

The winner of the Eliminator will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier at the same venue on Friday after the Kane Williamson-led side were defeated by Chennai Super Kings by two wickets in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.