IPL 2018 KKR vs RR: Kolkata Knight Riders moved to the third spot after beating Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets at home. Chasing a target of 143, the home side went past the score with two overs to spare. Captain Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten at 41 while Chris Lynn scored 45. Earlier, RR were off to a brisk start when Jos Buttler once again showed his class but the Ajinkya Rahane-led side lost wickets in quick succession and were eventually restricted to 142 in 19 overs.
Indian Premier League, 2018Eden Gardens, Kolkata 17 August 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders 145/4 (18.0)
Rajasthan Royals 142 (19.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 49 ) Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets
IPL 2018 Highlights, KKR vs RR: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals IPL Match 49 at Eden Gardens
IPL KKR vs RR: A buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with a charged up Rajasthan Royals in a battle for survival at the Indian Premier League T20 tournament at Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Their fate hanging in balance, a loss in the penultimate league round match may virtually sound the death knell for one of the two teams.
It's a mad scramble for the two available play-off berths with five teams including KKR and RR, who are tied on 12 points, remaining in the hunt. To make the competition stiffer, both the teams have picked up late momentum in the business end of the tournament.
Down after back-to-back defeats, KKR bounced back with a bang, posting the fourth highest total of the IPL -- 245/6 -- to down Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs in their last match.
From being on the verge of elimination, RR too have returned to the reckoning with a hat-trick of wins, thanks to the imperious form shown by Jos Buttler who was adjudged man-of-the-match in all the three victories.
The RR opener struck an unbeaten 94 to seal an easy seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians last night. This was the English wicketkeeper-batsman's fifth consecutive half-century -- an IPL record jointly held with Virender Sehwag.
His scores in the last five innings read 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94* and Buttler along with allrounder Ben Stokes, who has played in different positions in the batting order, will be the two major threats for KKR.