RR vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets

Krishnappa Gowtham offered Rajasthan a glimmer of hope with two wickets but Rana (34) and Dinesh Karthik (41) took KKR home in the penultimate over.

In tonight's game, League toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad, who easily beat KKR in their last game, will travel to Mohali to face Kings XI Punjab, who are on a high after their victory against Chennai Super Kings. Without a doubt, Gowtham was the pick of the RR bowlers.

After playing themselves in by taking the score to 15/1 in three overs, Narine changed the gear with three consecutive fours off Dhawal Kulkarni in the next over. Uthappa continued to time the ball well but once again threw away a good start as he fell for 48.

Sunil Narine also showcased his array of shots, scoring 35 before being run out. After that it Rana and Karthik made sure KKR register an impressive win and stitched a match-winning stand. Krishnappa Gowtham was the lone wicket-taker for Royals.

Earlier, the trio of Piyush Chawla (1/18), Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) and part-timer Nitish Rana (2/11) conceded 52 runs in 10 overs, sharing four wickets between them as Rajasthan failed to get going. The highlight of Rahane's knock was hitting Narine for four consecutive boundaries in the bowler's opening over.

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The in-form Sanju Samson (7) getting out cheaply also hurt the home team which could never get a move-on with wickets falling at regular intervals.

After the first three overs, Kolkata were 15 for one but in the next three they raked up 38 runs.

D'Arcy Short (44) and Ajinkya Rahane (36) had appeared to put the visitors on a sound footing in Jaipur, while Sunil Narine was uncharacteristically impotent with ball in hand, finishing with bowling figures of 0-48. The following over from pacer Shivam Mavi too produced 13 runs, giving the innings a much-needed impetus.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler attempted to increase the run-rate but could only hit two boundaries from his 18 deliveries as the Royals stuttered to 160-8.

  • Lawrence Cooper