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Kolkata vs Rajasthan - Eliminator

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: 23 May 2018

Rajasthan 144/4 (20 Ovs) RR: 7.20 | Kolkata won by 25 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ajinkya Rahane c Kuldeep Yadav & b Kuldeep Yadavc Kuldeep Yadav & b Kuldeep Yadav464141
Rahul Tripathi c Chawla & b Chawlac Chawla & b Chawla201312
Sanju Samson c Searles & b Chawlac Searles & b Chawla503842
Heinrich Klaasen Not OutNot Out181810
Stuart Binny c Chris Lynn & b Prasidhc Chris Lynn & b Prasidh0300
Krishnappa Gowtham Not OutNot Out9710
Jofra Archer dnbdnb0000
Shreyas Gopal dnbdnb0000
Ish Sodhi dnbdnb0000
Jaydev Unadkat dnbdnb0000
Ben Laughlin dnbdnb0000
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 144 (4 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
47-1 (Rahul Tripathi,5.1), 109-2 (Ajinkya Rahane,14.1), 126-3 (Sanju Samson,16.5), 130-4 (Stuart Binny,17.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Andre Russell3 0 22 0 7.33
Prasidh Krishna4 0 28 1 7.00
Piyush Chawla4 0 24 2 6.00
Sunil Narine4 0 39 0 9.75
Kuldeep Yadav4 0 18 1 4.50
Javon Searles1 0 13 0 13.00
Chris Lynn0 0 0 0 0
Robin Uthappa0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0
Nitish Rana0 0 0 0 0
Shubman Gill0 0 0 0 0


Eliminator has seen RAJ being eliminated. It went down to the wire, the scoreline won't suggest it but it did. RAJ were in the chase till over number 17 but then in the last three overs KOL never blinked. Their boisterous home crowd also gave them the cushion when the chips were down. KOL have now won 4 on the trot. On the other hand HYD have lost 4 on the trot. Who does the jinxing act? The answers will be delivered on the 25th. The team of Kumar Abhisekh Das, Pratyush Sinha, Vineet Anantharaman, Sriram, Hariprasad and Shashi had immense pleasure in bringing this game to you. CIAO!


A stat round-up, courtesy Deepu Narayanan -

* Samson crosses 400 runs in a season for the first time

* Most runs in an T20 League season for KOL:
660 R Uthappa (2014)
590 G Gambhir (2012)
501 G Gambhir (2016)
498 G Gambhir (2017)
493 S Ganguly (2008)
490 D KARTHIK (2018) *

* Sunil Narine in play-offs:


Andre Russell, Man of the Match: "It feels very good. It has been a hectic road since the game against PUN. Every game moving forward has been like a final. We know how important this was and it feels good to have contributed with the bat and the ball. (On his batting prowess) I think it is just a clear head. You get a short ball, you get a slower ball or a wide ball, you try to play a shot accordingly. It is about having a still base. I try to swing hard and believe in my ability. I have some good sticks as well. (On almost leading the pace attack this season) I think it is good to take responsibility as a senior player. I don't mind smashing and finishing the innings off and then come and bowl the first over. It was a good game for all of us. As I said, every game from here on is a final and we cannot take anything for granted. It is going to be a new game with a new ball and we will have to start on the front foot."

Dinesh Karthik: "I think winning 4 games on the row feels good. Especially this one as we were under the pump. Credit to Shubman Gill. Absorbed all the pressure when he walked in. Before he got out, he played some lovely shots and eased the pressure off me. In these games, it is about the attitude and the belief about how much you have got. In these kind of crunch games, it is never about the par score; it's about how much pressure you can put on the other side. Touch wood, the bowlers have picked up their game. We fielded well as well today, which was good to see. They (RAJ) always think out of the box. They kept a short leg and put pressure on the batsman. They get the captain thinking. You need to hold your game and nerves. Every game is important from here on. Next game is important as there are two good teams which will be competing."

Sourav Ganguly is one of the names out there giving the awards away. The crowd at the Eden has more reasons now to be happy.

Kuldeep: "It was an important game for us and wicket of Ajju bhai (Rahane) was important. Was a slow wicket and was gripping. Later, it was good to bat on. We started well but couldn't get early wickets. Wicket of Rahane was the turning point."

Rahane: "Disappointed, especially given how we started, taking 4-5 wickets early. That partnership (between Karthik and Gill) and the dropped catch of Russell hurt us. When you get a start like that, you generally look to win the game. I think KOL bowled really well. They know the conditions really well. It was gettable. They were 10-12 runs short. It's important to finish the games and we didn't have partnerships towards the end. When me and Sanju were batting, we were looking to play positively. I told him during the second timeout that I will go after bowlers and that you bat through. But unfortunately he got out. I think overall we played good cricket. Our bowling unit fantastic this season. Need to improve in our batting and fielding."

And how good is Krishna? Note this name down. Gill, Mavi, and now Krishna. KOL's young turks have been phenomenal on the big stage. Krishna bowled with a smile on his face as he sent down the missiles in his last two. But as I said earlier, where did RAJ get it wrong? The three dot balls bowled to Binny. Tough to say that. Two things did not help them. The Russell blitzkrieg in the first innings and the wicket of Rahane after the second time-out during the chase. So, KOL will stay at the Eden. HYD will join them and another pot-boiler awaits us on the 25th. Your Man of the Match? Mine would be DK. For his splended rescue act and his captaincy when it mattered the most.

No loud celebrations from KOL. Pretty much in sync with their skipper's demeanour. DK's fifty, you can weigh that in gold. The KOL camp is thrilled. RAJ of course are distraught. DK has a quiet word with one of the umpires. Let's talk about the game. 61 needed off the last 6 overs and RAJ lose this by 25 runs. Phew. The second time-out just time-bombed their chase. Post that, the troika of spinners bowled one over each and stifled the opposition.

Prasidh to Gowtham, FOUR, mark the calendar! KOL vs HYD - 25th May! KOL win this by 25 runs as they did the choking act much better than RAJ in the death overs. RAJ's dream run has been stalled. The last ball was short, the pull was not controlled but went fine on the on-side for a four. Did not matter
Prasidh to Klaasen, 1 run, right up there. This man has been metronomical with his deliveries at the end. Dragged away to long-on

31 runs off 2 balls. I know, not worth mentioning.

Prasidh to Gowtham, 1 run, slower ball outside off and what a find this man has been! The batsman outer-edges the ball away towards the short third man region for a single
Prasidh to Gowtham, no run, that was not signalled a wide! The batsman went across his sticks and the bowler spilled it down leg. Did not miss the sticks by much but that should have been wided
Prasidh to Gowtham, 2 runs, slices the ball away. A couple of drops and the man at deep cover hauls it back. 32 off the last 4 balls
Prasidh to Gowtham, no run, now mathematics will also find it difficult to win it for RAJ. Length and wide outside off, the batsman goes for a big whirlwind hit and misses it

The last five overs have gone for only 27. Poor from RAJ!

A Russell to Klaasen, no run, 34 it would be off the last over! Russell held his nerves and read the mind of the batsman, who expected a fuller length but out came the bumper. Klaasen was not too pleased as he felt that was a wide. Not to be
A Russell to Klaasen, 2 runs, low dipping full toss and the batsman hacks the ball away to deep mid for a couple
A Russell to Gowtham, 1 run, inside edges the length ball away into the on-side. Anotehr single only
A Russell to Klaasen, 1 run, clears his front leg and biffs the ball away to long-off. 37 off 9 looks herculean. KOL fans are almost sure of the win now
A Russell to Gowtham, 1 run, squirts the uppish ball away towards deep third man. A couple of bounces and Narine does the rest. Another harmless single
A Russell to Klaasen, 1 run, inside edges the ball to square leg as he tried to slog the length ball away. Only a single. KOL fans have found their voices

Andre Russell [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease

40 runs from 2 overs. KOL favourites from here on. I don't mind a bit of humble pie for dinner!

Prasidh to Binny, out Caught by Chris Lynn!! Slower dipping full toss and the slog sweep, sans any power, finds the man at square leg. Huge wicket or a blessing in disguise for KOL? Tough to say. It would bring in Gowtham. Three dot balls from him will hurt RAJ. But my word, this boy is special. Nailed the blockhole stuff and slower balls to perfection. Binny c Chris Lynn b Prasidh 0(3)

Prasidh to Binny, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Prasidh to Binny, no run, why Binny why? That was short, he goes for a pull without even looking at it. A shot, more in hope, brings no result for RAJ. This over has gone for only 3 runs so far. Why was it not Gowtham ahead of Binny?
Prasidh to Binny, no run, right up there in the blockhole outside off and the batsman fails to squeeze the ball away. Dot ball
Prasidh to Klaasen, 1 run, Krishna has been terrific! Bowls it in the blockhole and the best that the batsman could do is toe-end the ball away to mid-off
Prasidh to Klaasen, 2 runs, cramps the batsman with the shortish and skiddy ball. Drags the ball away into the on-side for a couple. Overthrows it could have been but Binny was backing up too far as the man at deep cover did the mopping up job
Prasidh to Klaasen, no run, slower ball wide outside off. Very close to the tramline. That should have been a wide. The batsman went for the whirlwind hit and missed it

Prasidh Krishna [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

43 needed off the last three overs. CHN needed the same and got home. Who will play 'Faf'lously well for RAJ?

Chawla to Klaasen, 1 run, waits on the back foot and tucks the ball down to long-on for a single

Stuart Binny, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Chawla to Samson, out Caught by Searles!! Gone. Taken at long-on. That was dragged short, quicker as well. The batsman went for the pull but there was no distance on it. A lot of elevation though and was taken in the deep. Huge strike again from KOL. They keep dragging this back. The batsman got a bit carried away with the length I guess but the half-trackers have done the job in this edition of the T20 League. Samson c Searles b Chawla 50(38) [4s-4 6s-2]

Chawla to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Chawla to Klaasen, 1 run, backs away and slices the ball uppishly towards the point region for a single


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