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Rajasthan vs Kolkata - 15th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date & Time: 18 April 2018

Kolkata 163/3 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 8.65 | Kolkata won by 7 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Sunil Narine runout runout 352551
Chris Lynn bowled Gowthambowled Gowtham0200
Robin Uthappa c Stokes & b Gowthamc Stokes & b Gowtham483662
Nitish Rana Not OutNot Out352721
Dinesh Karthik Not OutNot Out422322
Andre Russell dnbdnb0000
Shubman Gill dnbdnb0000
Tom Curran dnbdnb0000
Piyush Chawla dnbdnb0000
Shivam Mavi dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 1, w 2, nb 0)
Total 163 (3 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
1-1 (Chris Lynn,0.3), 70-2 (Sunil Narine,8.4), 102-3 (Robin Uthappa,12.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Krishnappa Gowtham4 0 23 2 5.75
Dhawal Kulkarni2 0 20 0 10.00
Jaydev Unadkat3 0 34 0 11.33
Ben Laughlin3.5 0 37 0 10.57
Shreyas Gopal3 0 23 0 7.67
Ben Stokes3 0 25 0 8.33
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
D Arcy Short0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
Rahul Tripathi0 0 0 0 0


So KOL have broken RAJ's winning streak at this venue in T20 League (9 games) to climb to the top of the table. Things have fallen together nicely for them in these last couple of games. We'll see if they can sustain this momentum. That's a wrap of our coverage for today. This is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Srivathsa, Nikhil Jadhav, Akshay Maanay, Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Goodnight!

Rana, MoM: I know that my job is to defend runs and that's what I was striving for. I bowl regularly in domestic cricket. Backed myself, and I'm lucky to be MoM in both these last two games. Big platform this, we don't get loose balls regularly. The ones we get have to be converted into boundaries. That's why I was getting frustrated that I wasn't able to put some of them away. It's there at the back of my mind (to play for India), but right now my focus is to do my best.

Karthik, KOL captain: Feels good to get two wins on the trot. Slowly things are going in a good direction. Just feel that the wrist-spinners are a little harder to pick. For the fast bowlers, it could come onto the bat. So it makes sense to go with spinners at the top. Spinners did a good job for us. The way Robin batted was fantastic. He set the tone for us. Nitish is getting used to that role where he's coming not out which is good to see. Fielding could be better, death bowling could be better. If you want me to be harsh, even fast bowlers could be better. Consistency is something we're looking at as a team. Rana is a good player. Last year he did well for MUM. And now he's come to KOL. He's got a couple of rough ones, got a couple of good catches taken off him. His arm is slightly higher than Kedar Jadhav but he's done a good job for us.

Piyush Chawla: It is not easy to bowl in the powerplay. But at the moment, I am really enjoying it. As a leg-spinner, I always look to take wickets. But, when the situation demands, you have to bowl defensively. I always try to take wickets. We are fortunate enough to have 3 quality spinners and if you bowl well in tandem, you can restrict the teams under 150-160.

Ajinkya Rahane, RAJ captain: I thought we were 15-20 runs short. In T20 it's always not about scoring 180. In this format, fielding is a crucial part. We let ourselves down in fielding. Very disappointing. Game 1 - (the wicket had) very good bounce. Today, the ball was keeping low. But no complaints. I got a good start and it was my responsibility to carry on. We thought 175-180 would have been good on this wicket. Doesn't make too much difference (losing the toss) I believe in playing good cricket. The intensity has to be up to the mark. Our intensity was a little bit down today. It wasn't there. I wanted to keep backing my players (on an unchanged XI). T20 is all about backing your players. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Boys are doing really well. I just wanted to stick to the same combination.

23:26 Local Time, 17:56 GMT, 23:26 IST: Really good knock there from Dinesh Karthik. He's had a rusty start to the T20 League, but there were no signs of that tonight right from the minute he stepped in. KOL lost Lynn for a duck, but the freedom with which Narine and Uthappa batted in the powerplay set them on their way. At no point after the first over, did RAJ look like being in the game. They were probably a bit too light with their first innings score, for which the credit must go to how well the visitors' spinners bowled. Despite Narine enduring his worst T20 League figures, Chawla, Kuldeep and Rana combined really well to keep the Rajasthan down to 160, which, as we later found it, was not enough to contain a powerful Kolkata batting unit. They didn't even need Russell tonight. There could even be some concerns for Rahane when it comes to his new ball bowlers. They don't have the pace to blow out someone like, say Narine, who comes out slogging. Time for the presentations..

Laughlin to Karthik, SIX, hoisted over long-on to wrap up a clinical win for KOL. Set himself up for this length ball and launched it into the night sky, falls way back into the stands
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, slower short ball wide of off, Rana loses shape as he's forced to wait on his cut. Ends up chopping it off a thick under-edge towards point
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, powers the slower ball down towards long-on
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, chips the slower ball down towards long-on
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, wide, length ball down leg, Rana misses out. But they'll collect a wide
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 2 runs, an inswinging slower ball on middle and leg, Rana clears his front leg and drives to the right of long-off

Ben Laughlin [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, dabs this length ball down to third man
Stokes to Nitish Rana, no run, backs away to a short of length delivery, but still doesn't get the requisite amount of room to slash it away over point. Stokes's extra miles were too quick for him as well. Beaten
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, slower length ball just outside off, dabs it in front of backward point
Stokes to Karthik, FOUR, full toss outside off, 144kph, Karthik carves it away through backward point. Rocketed off his bat

Changing the field regularly

Stokes to Karthik, 2 runs, the leg-cutter drifts in at Karthik's hips, he shuffles across and whips it away wide of long leg
Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, short-arm jab through square leg for one

Ben Stokes [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

That 16-run over should seal it for KOL.

Unadkat to Nitish Rana, 1 run, slower length ball on off, defended wide of cover
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, SIX, pretty full from Unadkat, and this is brilliant use of the crease from Rana. He takes a step back which allows him to get under the ball. Mid-off was up in the ring, so the idea was to just loft it over him. And despite the bat turning in his hands, it still clears the ropes
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery slanted across off, punched through point
Unadkat to Karthik, SIX, oh what a freebie, and what a time for it. Any pressure that had built on KOL has evaporated. Slower short ball on leg-stump, Karthik whip-pulls it witheringly over the long leg boundary
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, 1 run, full and straight, prevents Rana from getting under the ball. Driven along the ground to long-on
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, walks down the pitch and flicks this length ball towards deep mid-wicket. Almost similar to how he got out against DEL. But this one's gone on the bounce to Stokes

Time-out! RAJ haven't given away much in the last three overs, so KOL might look to do something straightaway after this interval. Big over coming up.

Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, Karthik cracks a back-cut to third man
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, very full just outside off, smeared to the left of sweeper cover who covers good ground very swiftly and keeps them to one
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, no run, good length ball on middle, 133kph, Rana clears his front leg and drives to short cover
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery, works it down to long-on
Laughlin to Karthik, no run, driven straight to cover
Laughlin to Karthik, 2 runs, short of length delivery at the chest, Karthik works it softly into the vacant mid-wicket region. Senses the opportunity for two, with the deep fielder having a lot of ground to cover

Ben Laughlin [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

It's looking comfortable for KOL. But RAJ are not completely out of it. The required rate is such that a wicket here could open the door for panic to set in

Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length off-cutter on middle and leg, tucks it round the corner for one
Unadkat to Karthik, no run, slower ball on off, defended into the off-side
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, 1 run, slower short ball outside off, Rana's feet are in the air as he scythes it over point. Only a single
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, no run, slower length ball on off, Rana defends back towards the bowler and sets off for a single. Ridiculous judgement. Karthik obviously sends him back, but even a dive wouldn't have saved him if Unadkat had hit the stumps direct. Michael Clarke calls it the worst attempted single in the history of cricket
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, clatters the pull shot but hits it straight to deep mid-wicket. Unlucky there. Five yards either side would have been an easy four
Unadkat to Karthik, 2 runs, crisp back-foot punch from Karthik through the covers, "two two two" is the call. And sure enough, they race back for the second

Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Shreyas Gopal to Karthik, 1 run, 92kph, length ball on off, Karthik nudges it through mid-wicket. He looks for the second but it's not there
Shreyas Gopal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, shovels the googly down to long-on


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