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Kolkata Knight Riders etched a comprehensive win over Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets to move to the third spot in the points table. KKR were given a target of 143 runs in 20 overs that they chased down with one over to spare. Earlier, RR were put into bat by Dinesh Karthik and they were off to a brisk start before Kuldeep Yadav was brought into the attack. The Chinaman spinner bagged a four-for to restrict the Royals to a small total. Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane admitted that other batsmen needed to take the responsibility and capitalise on the tone set by the two openers.
“The intent was positive (from the team). Jos (Buttler) and Tripathi batted really well and when I went in I just wanted to carry the momentum forward. Jos was batting really well and it’s not just upto him all the time. Batsmen will have to take responsibility. We have to blame all the batsmen and we lost because we played badly. I felt our bowlers bowled really well. 170-180 would have been very good. We still have a chance. We have to learn from this game and move forward. We know how the wicket will play in Jaipur, so we got to learn and move forward. We will definitely miss Jos and Stokes, but as a cricketer I really feel happy for Jos that he has been picked in the Test squad. As a player you feel really happy when selected to play the Test matches,” Rahane said in the post-match presentation.
Chris Lynn scored a vitao 45 off 42 that provided the resistance to KKR’s innings. Lynn talked about his knock and said, ” The only way we’d have let RR into the game is by losing a couple of more wickets. Exciting cricket but we got the job done. Important 2 points on the board. I didn’t want to leave it to anyone else in the end. We wanted to boost that run-rate, which will come into play in a game’s time. We have got quality players against spin in the middle overs. My strength, obviously, is against the quicker bowlers. We got to get our momentum back, and the boys are excited. (They) showed character in the first six overs.”
Dinesh Karthik hailed Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling and said,” I think they started off brilliantly; especially Buttler and Tripathi played really well. But it also shows our character where we just didn’t give up. When we got the chance we just didn’t let it go. Winning one, losing the next and then coming back is a part of the IPL. We just try and put in team bonding sessions, keep interacting and look to put a smile one everyone’s face to keep them motivated. (On the review he took) Yeah I was convinced. I thought at that stage the wicket was really important. Kuldeep is an international quality bowler and is one of the best chinaman bowler in the world. He is sometimes so confident that he ends up slacking off and giving out one easy ball. But he is very hardworking, always in the gym and if I can keep him consistent it is enough. (On qualifications) Now you are scaring me (chuckles).”
Kuldeep Yadav who was adjudged man of the match talked about his spell and the plans during the match. “I was a bit under pressure after the start they got. I was only thinking of taking a wicket, Jos Buttler is the man in form and I was really trying to get him out. You have to motivate yourself, you have to back your strengths and basics and try to succeed. I don’t try a lot because I try to succeed with my strengths only. But you need to keep changing in a format like T20. I knew Buttler would go for a reverse sweep and that’s why I bowled the quicker one to him. You need to keep planning in every game for every batsman; sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t but you need to keep trying,” Kuldeep said.