KKR 175/6 (20.0ov)
RR 177/7 (19.2ov)
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Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets

MOM: Varun Aaron

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  • So Kolkata suffer their sixth consecutive loss of the season, while Rajasthan get level on points with them after this win. Things are getting intense now. Indian T20 League action continues as on Friday, Chennai host Mumbai at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Do tune in for that. Take care!
  • Man of the Match, Varun Aaron, says his fitness is good and it was just a case of the cramps. Adds that he had a little injury before, but he just caught the cramps because of dehydration. Feels that he didn't do too much wrong in the game he played earlier, but is happy he was able to contribute to the win tonight. Ends by saying that he dreams of playing for the national side and is working hard towards that goal.
  • Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith, says they certainly made it difficult for themselves. Adds that they lost wickets in clumps but credits Riyan Parag for playing like a seasoned pro. Continues saying that Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer chipped in with handy contributions which is pleasing to see. States that there was a bit of grass on the surface, which is the reason why they went with the pacers. Reckons that the death bowling could have been better, but also applauds Dinesh Karthik for executing his shots very well. Feels that earlier they couldn't get over the line in close games, but is glad to be on the other end of the result this time around. Mentions that Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer won't be there from the next game as they return for national duty and he will himself leave after their clash against Bangalore.
  • Jofra Archer coming in for a chat as well says that he was just thinking to get bat on ball in the last over. Mentions that he is very excited to play for England but at the same time, he is disappointed he is leaving the Rajasthan team for this season. Further adds that they have a great bunch of boys and anyone who replaces him and Ben Stokes will do a good job. Ends by saying that he is grateful for Rajasthan taking a chance on him despite him not playing any international cricket so far.
  • Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says he is disappointed as they had the game in the bag but could not get over the line. Mentions that they were looking to go full and on the stumps but the edges did not help and hence, the equation became easy. Further adds that the dew too did not aid their cause. States that he is happy with the way they fought but is disappointed with the result. Ends by saying that the mood is decent in the camp and he hopes they continue trusting him as a skipper but he is sad that they are struggling to win games.
  • Kolkata will be really disappointed that they couldn't get over the line. They reduced Rajasthan to 98/5 in the 11th over, with all of their experienced batsmen back in the dugout. What happened post that was something they'd have never imagined. The spin duo did its job, but the pacers couldn't back it up and they ended up leaking a lot of runs, resulting in the loss. What would upset them and Karthik in particular, is the fact that the Kolkata skipper powered his side to 175 with an amazing unbeaten 97. A sixth consecutive loss for Kolkata in this season. Not something they'd be pleased with.
  • A fantastic win in the end for the tourists, especially taking into account the position they were in after losing the best players rather early. The Powerplay belonged to Rajasthan despite losing Rahane just before its end, but post that, the tide completely swung in Kolkata's favour. Their spinners, Chawla and Narine, ran through the top order and allowed others to chip in and eat into the tail. All seemed lost but young Parag had other ideas in mind. He stitched a few solid stands but the main one came with Archer (Of 44) where they just scored freely. Parag departed, but Archer hung around and put the finishing touches on the win, with 4 balls still to spare.
  • 19.2PKrishna to JArcher

    6
    SIX! Jofra Archer has won it for his side. Oh, this is sensational. Just sensational! He knocks this out of the park and finishes things off in style. Full delivery around off, Archer makes room and gets under this one. Launches it over the wide long off fence for half a dozen. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
  • 19.1PKrishna to JArcher

    4
    FOUR! Edged and away! The Rajasthan dugout holds its celebration. There's still some ways to go. Length ball around off, Archer throws everything at it and gets a thick edge. It goes over short third man and away for a boundary.
  • Prasidh Krishna to bowl the final over of the game. He has 8 runs to defend.
  • 18.6ARussell to JUnadkat

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    Full on the stumps, it's driven to mid on for no run.
  • 18.5ARussell to RParag

    W
    OUT! He's gone! How unfortunate. Kolkata needed this desperately and they've got the dangerman. Russell bangs it in short and angles it in on leg, Parag looks to pull but is off balance a bit. It goes off his glove and in the process, the batter knocking his bails off with his swinging bat. It's taken upstairs to check if it's a no ball or not for height and replays show it's fine.
  • Jaydev Unadkat is the new man in.
  • Something's being checked here. Think it's to check if it's a no ball or not. Could be a decisive factor as Parag has knocked his own bails off with his bat. Let's see here...
  • 18.4ARussell to RParag

    6
    SIX! Riyan Parag playing some amazing shots here. He gets some good power behind this. Slower in pace, on a back of a length outside off, Parag muscles this towards wide long on. It seems Brathwaite out in the deep might catch this, but it goes just over his leaping attempt.
  • 18.3ARussell to JArcher

    1
    On the fuller side of the length, it's hit to mid off. The batsmen don't think twice and charge to the other end.
  • 18.2ARussell to RParag

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    Parag drives this full ball outside off through to sweeper cover and crosses over.
  • 18.1ARussell to JArcher

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    Shortish on middle and off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • Andre Russell back into the attack.
  • 17.6PKrishna to RParag

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    SIX! That's right off the middle. Is this where the tide turns in Rajasthan's favour? Short of a good length in line of the stumps, Parag swings across the line and nails the heave perfectly. It goes sailing over the square leg stands for half a dozen. 13 off the over. 18 runs needed in 12 balls.
  • 17.5PKrishna to RParag

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    Play and a miss! Fuller length ball wide outside off, Parag loses his balance as he tries to reach out and hit it away. Fails to make any kind of connection.
  • 17.4PKrishna to RParag

    4
    FOUR! Lucky runs for Parag and Rajasthan. They won't mind this at all. Fuller length ball around off, Parag throws his bat at it and gets an inside edge which goes past the leg stump and away to the fine leg boundary.
  • 17.3PKrishna to JArcher

    1
    Full toss well outside off, hit through to sweeper for a single.
  • 17.2PKrishna to RParag

    1
    Full again, angling in on middle and leg, drilled away wide of mid on for another brisk single.
  • 17.1PKrishna to JArcher

    1
    Good stop from Narine. Full delivery attacking the stumps, Archer smashes it towards mid off where the fielder moves to his left and stop it with his foot. The batsmen take a run.
  • Prasidh Krishna back on now.
  • 16.6SNarine to JArcher

    1
    Archer swings his bat across the line and helps the pull in front of square leg for a single. 15 runs off the over, Narine doesn't end his spell well. 31 runs needed in the last three overs.
  • 16.5SNarine to RParag

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    Stays on the back foot and punches it through to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 16.4SNarine to RParag

    4
    FOUR! 13 already off the over. Rajasthan doing well here. Quick and on the leg stump line, Parag tickles it fine down the leg side and finds the fence.
  • 16.3SNarine to RParag

    2
    Goes with the spin and works it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 16.2SNarine to JArcher

    1
    Leading edge but safe. Quick, flat and short on middle and off, Archer closes the face early and it pops off the edge safely in the cover area.
  • 16.1SNarine to JArcher

    6
    SIX! That's gone flat! What a start to the over from Archer. Short, quick and outside off, Archer plants his front foot forward and hammers it straight back over the bowler's head for a biggie. This is the boundary scored off Narine's spell so far.
  • Sunil Narine to bowl out.
  • 15.7PKrishna to JArcher

    1
    The attempted yorker, angling in on middle and leg, it's turned behind square leg for one.
  • 15.6PKrishna to JArcher

    4
    FOUR! That's hit really well. Back of a length into the body, Archer stands tall and heaves it aerially, flat through mid-wicket. It's placed nicely in the gap and that's a boundary.
  • 15.5PKrishna to JArcher

    WD
    Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide called by the umpire.
  • 15.4PKrishna to JArcher

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    Just ahead of a length and Archer meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 15.3PKrishna to RParag

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    Full ball attacking the stumps, Parag works it to the right of the bowler and takes a quick single.
  • Jofra Archer is next in to bat.
  • 15.2PKrishna to SGopal

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    OUT! Gopal holes out and that should be it for Rajasthan. Should be. Fuller length ball just outside off, the batsman clears his front leg and attempts to go big downtown. He doesn't time it at all, and hands a simple enough catch to Gill running in from the deep.
  • 15.1PKrishna to RParag

    1
    Good length delivery in the channel outside off, it's punched wide of cover for a run.
  • Strategic break. Rajasthan need 54 in 30 balls, and this would be in reach, if they had wickets in hand. Seems a difficult task for them now, unless Gopal and Parag say otherwise. Kolkata will still feel confident, knowing that a single wicket at this point will be enough. Also, Prasidh Krishna is back on to bowl.
  • 14.6NRana to SGopal

    4
    FOUR! Three in a row. Gopal doing a terrific job by going after the part-timer. Some flight on this one, Shreyas Gopal drives it sweetly and times the drives through the covers well. Wide long off tries to cut it off by moving to his left, but it's too good for him. 13 runs off the over.
  • 14.5NRana to SGopal

    4
    FOUR! Another short ball, another poor ball and that's another boundary. Too straight in line, Gopal pulls it through square leg and beats the man in the deep.
  • 14.4NRana to SGopal

    4
    FOUR! Too much width on offer, short and flat outside off, Gopal sticks on the back foot and cuts it hard through point for a boundary.

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