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Kolkata vs Rajasthan - 49th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: 15 May 2018

Kolkata 145/4 (18 Ovs) RR: 8.06 | Kolkata won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Sunil Narine c Gowtham & b Stokesc Gowtham & b Stokes21722
Chris Lynn c Anureet Singh & b Stokesc Anureet Singh & b Stokes454251
Robin Uthappa c R Tripathi & b Stokesc R Tripathi & b Stokes4600
Nitish Rana lbw Ish Sodhilbw Ish Sodhi211721
Dinesh Karthik Not OutNot Out413151
Andre Russell Not OutNot Out11520
Shubman Gill dnbdnb0000
Shivam Mavi dnbdnb0000
Javon Searles dnbdnb0000
Prasidh Krishna dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 1, w 1, nb 0)
Total 145 (4 Wkts, 18 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
21-1 (Sunil Narine,1.2), 36-2 (Robin Uthappa,3.5), 69-3 (Nitish Rana,8.2), 117-4 (Chris Lynn,15.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Krishnappa Gowtham2 0 32 0 16.00
Ben Stokes4 1 15 3 3.75
Jofra Archer4 0 43 0 10.75
Ish Sodhi4 0 21 1 5.25
Jaydev Unadkat3 0 23 0 7.67
Anureet Singh1 0 10 0 10.00
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson0 0 0 0 0
Rahul Tripathi0 0 0 0 0
Stuart Binny0 0 0 0 0


Right then. Rajasthan will have to do with the memories of Stokes and Buttler now in their quest to 14. Kolkata have matters in their hands though, with a top two berth too there to take. The probablity combinations are heating .. it's getting messy. But that's exactly why this league is so much fun. This is Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Rishi Roy, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Pratyush Sinha, Ramakrishnan and our scorer Sulthan. Until another qualification combination beckons, ta ta!!

Kuldeep Yadav | MoM: 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. (Half Hindi translation)

Dinesh Karthik | Winning skipper: 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 T20 League. 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 worl. 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)

Chris Lynn: The only way we'd have let RAJ into the game is by losing a couple of more wickets. Not so 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.

Ajinkya Rahane | Losing skipper: 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.

23:26 local: Save your ears, Eden. Over 60,000 of them at the top of their voices and a campaign that's found its legs again. Never mind the final flourish, it is the first innings that seemed to have sealed the fate. 142 was never going to threaten, surely not on a small ground, surely not with dew setting in, surely not when the Rajasthan bowling has lacked teeth and surely not when the opposition ranks have batsmen in such form. Stokes did pull things back at the start after the first over carnage, Sodhi did do it in the middle overs, but a boundary an over elsewhere was never going to help their cause. Meanwhile Lynn anchored well, the others played around and Karthik, who's made it a habit, finished in style. Stay on, the interviews coming your way.

Jofra Archer to Karthik, SIX, goes over. And Kolkata keep the 16-pointer dream alive. Shortened length, Karthik deposits it into long-on with an all muscle heave

Into one shot mode now.

Jofra Archer to Karthik, FOUR, genuine edge. Zips up off the turf to take the splice on Karthik's lost overused dab. But the pace is enough to run it into third man. Or is it? Gowtham chases, dives, but nope, can't get his hand off the ball while his leg touches the rope
Jofra Archer to Karthik, no run, lines up to the good length, settling into a defensive whip to mid-wicket
Jofra Archer to A Russell, 1 run, 145kph. Another attempted yorker not quite right. This time the drill straight down finds long-on
Jofra Archer to A Russell, FOUR, oh the hammer. Brute. Archer misses the yorker by an inch, Russell takes out a mile. Launching into the overcook to crunch it through the covers
Jofra Archer to Karthik, 1 run, bumped in. Karthik pulls, not quite in control, but enough to ensure that fine leg can only take it on the bounce

Jofra Archer [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack

Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, conventional. A driving steer down to third man
Unadkat to Karthik, no run, and again. His dab ditches him again. And DK's angry, let's the stump mic carry up some anger to us
Unadkat to Karthik, no run, another try. Goes to dab, but the ball's just wide enough to evade the poke, never mind the inward nip
Unadkat to Karthik, FOUR, pulls out some deft dabs from his bag of tricks. Unadkat keeps going through with full-paced seam ups .. Karthik's waiting, showing it the opened up face and dabbing it just wide of Buttler's dive
Unadkat to A Russell, 1 run, length now. Front leg out as usual. Almight swing as usual. Skews out an edge to gully
Unadkat to A Russell, FOUR, innocuously short, dishing out full pace. Russell gets back fiercely on his back leg, swings his cut, going over point and almost into deep point .. millimeters

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Stokes to Karthik, no run, sees it out. It's been some spell this - 4-1-15-3. A pity the runs weren't there in the bank to give him the MoM. DK does it with a stoic block
Stokes to Karthik, no run, full again, around off this time as Karthik shuffles and knocks it to mid-wicket
Stokes to A Russell, 1 run, gets in the yorker. Russell's ready, squeeze-drilling it straight down
Stokes to Karthik, leg byes, 1 run, it slams the pad. Buttler seems to be jumping up in appeal. Stokes is busy trying to clean up the possible leg bye. Oh Rajasthan have to take it up. It's all up to the angle .. how big is it getting? Okay so DK has missed the glance, he's stuck in front of middle. And yes, HawkEye shows it clipping the edge of the bail. Everyone's happy

Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

A time-out. Right, with an asking rate under six, Kolkata shouldn't be worried. Right?

Stokes to Chris Lynn, out Caught by Anureet Singh!! Strokes has another. Oh where was he hiding all this while? Anyway, it takes him to dish out a short-slower sticker into the pitch. Lynn as usual can't resist, loads up with a leg-cleared-cut. But doesn't quite adjust to the time the ball takes in getting there, slices off the top-edge and deep point couldn't have been placed better. Chris Lynn c Anureet Singh b Stokes 45(42) [4s-5 6s-1]

Stokes to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, good length on middle. Chipped away, quite off the outside half towards mid-on

Ben Stokes [3.0-1-13-2] is back into the attack

Dharmasena wants another ball in the over. Thank god for the third umpire to intercept .. we don't know the code to change in getting in a seven-ball over.

Ish Sodhi to Chris Lynn, no run, another wide toss up, Lynn drives from his stance. And it's air he gets. It's the end of Sodhi
Ish Sodhi to Chris Lynn, 2 runs, a little too full to be sweeping. But neatly changes his commitment into a lap. Never mind the top-edge, it's safely behind square
Ish Sodhi to Chris Lynn, no run, 85.4kph, teases him with the width. Teases him with the flight. And Lynn being the bully he is wants to launch it straight down. Slogs an entirely different line
Ish Sodhi to Karthik, 1 run, drifting into middle. A watchful dab, softly to cover
Ish Sodhi to Karthik, FOUR, gets cheeky. Picks up the floaty leggie outside off, knows there's nobody at third man. And reverses. Nailing it past slip
Ish Sodhi to Karthik, no run, clears his front leg going into a leaning drive. Straight to extra cover

Ish Sodhi [3.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

The equation's under six. Rahane has to attack. And that means a slip.

Jofra Archer to Chris Lynn, FOUR, rub in the luck too. Neat bouncer, at the nose, but Lynn's already moving away, putting everything in his hooky-swing. Gets a fat edge that proves just enough to clear the keeper
Jofra Archer to Karthik, 1 run, half a hop again, stays back longer to dab it way too fine for point to cut it off
Jofra Archer to Karthik, no run, 140kph - there comes the pace in a back of a length back-bender. DK hops, tries guiding it through the cordon. Nah, can't


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