IPL 2019, RR vs KKR Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in Jaipur on Sunday. The 90-run stand between Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn steered KKR to a target of 140 in just 14 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, will return after a triumphant win over RCB, with the help of Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48*. KKR, will feel they have the edge, since they have lost only one game so far, that too in Super Over. The side, though, has struggled in the bowling department and will hope to do better against RR. IPL match between Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.
Indian Premier League, 2019Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 24 April 2019
Rajasthan Royals 139/3 (20.0)
Kolkata Knight Riders 140/2 (13.5)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 21 ) Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets
IPL 2019, RR vs KKR: Highlights
A Brief Round-up of the WEEK
So far in IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are well off the pace. Kings XI Punjab have been on the better side despite losing CSK. Delhi Capitals are well below par despite picking up a win against RCB. Mumbai Indians are beginning to find some form but CSK, KKR & SRH seem to be settling in the top 3.
KKR win by 8 wickets
A wide to finish off things in Jaipur. Kolkata Knight Riders win by 8 wickets. Once again it was the partnership of Sunil and Chris which works for
KKR edge towards win
2 sixes from Robin Uthappa and 7 runs needed.
If I had to pick a stylish eleven at the IPL, I would have Robin Uthappa among my earliest picks.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 7 April 2019
A bit more on Sunil Narine
STAT ATTACK: In IPL 2019, Sunil Narine is scoring at 17.7rpo against spin; yet almost half the balls he's faced have been from spin - do teams need to target him with pace?
Fifty and out
Out! Chris Lynn is gone after a gritty FIFTY off 31 deliveries. Shreyas Gopal gets his second wicket of the night. Flighted ball & Lynn goes for the sweep but the timing is awry- top edge goes straight to deep fine-leg! KKR, 115/2, need 25 in 54 balls
Lynn smashes another six and the ball hits the windscreen of the car. WOW! KKR-114/1
Narine does his job as he's caught at first slip for 47! Shreyas Gopal finally gets the first wicket for Rajasthan Royals. KKR-92/1, 9 ovs
2 sixes from Lynn! Are we in for an early finish today? Could it finally happen? KKR- 90/0, 8.1 ovs
Lady luck beaming on KKR
Fourth over of the match bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni. Tripathi first drops a dolly off Narine and then Lynn chops on but the bails don't come off! Can't get worse for them.
Lynn & Narine
These master smash and grab artists have got KKR off to a quick start, as one would expect. 10 off the first over and Narine hits a four off the first ball of the second.
Rajasthan Royals end their innings on 139/3
Steve Smith ends unbeaten on 73 off 59. They will have to bowl out of their skins to defend this one. KKR absolutely stifled RR in the middle overs with seven overs being bowled by spinners. KKR have got Russell and if RR manage to reach as far as getting him in the middle, then this match depends upon how quickly they can get him out.
A long 19th over
Two no balls, both for height, and a wide and that means although he bowled six balls, only three of them were legal. The final three balls are all legal and Stokes and Smith did struggle to get anything in the middle of the bat in that over. 12 runs off it.
Smith has got hold of this one and then some! Length delivery, Smith steps out and gets underneath it and sends the ball deep into the stands beyond deep midwicket. That was a hell of a strike! He moves to 62.
Into the last three overs
Narine appeals for LBW off the first ball of the 18th. Umpire shakes his head, KKR take a review, length delivery on middle that Smith looks to sweep. Impact is umpire's call so Smith survives this one.
WICKET! Tripathi falls
And Harry Gurney gets a second wicket. This is a good debut, folks, don't compare it to what Alzarri Joseph did yesterday. 2/17 in three overs are his figures at the end of that over.
13 overs gone
RR drag themselves past the 80-run mark. These are not easy conditions to bat in and KKR bowlers are seldom making mistakes.
OUT! BUTTLER GOES!
Harry Gurney's first IPL wicket is none other than Jos Buttler. He goes for a sweep and ends up finding Shubman Gill at deep midwicket.
10 overs gone
As quiet a start as they come from RR. It is tempting to say that they are in trouble as they have just over 50 runs on the board but the quality of the two players in the middle means that they can still make up for it.
The Powerplay overs
It has been a good competition thus far. RR may have lost a wicket and scored only 28 runs, this is a good foundation being built by Buttler and Smith. It may be strange seeing both players on the pitch having more balls than runs against their names in a T20 match though.
Four overs gone
RR 23/1. Smith and Buttler are ticking away the scoreboard. Buttler has done the bulk of the scoring and Smith just getting his eyes in.
OUT! Rahane falls early
Prasidh Krishna has struck off his very first ball of the match. Rahane walks over to the other side to confer with Buttler and the latter says that he has to walk. The RR captain trapped in front of leg and that ball was only going to hit the stumps and nowhere else.
The players walk out
Robin Uthappa has a face mask on. There was a dust storm earlier in the day. Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane open the batting for RR, Piyush Chawla has got the new ball in his hands.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Joffra Archer, Sudhesan Midhun, Dhawal Kulkarni
Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, WK), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
KKR win the toss, choose to bowl first
DK said that Lockie Ferguson will be replaced by Harry Gurney. Ajinkya Rahane said that Prashant Chopra comes in for Stuart Binny, Midhun comes in for Varun Aaron.
Hello and welcome!
On any other occasion, a match involving Rajasthan Royals would be all about how the opposition can reign in Jos Buttler. But here, we have someone who as reached levels that were hitherto unexplored by batsmen who have played in this tournament. So dangerous has Andre Russell been this season, that it really doesn't matter what you do against KKR. If you don't dismiss Russell for cheap, you are going down.