Manish Pandey* 57(42); | Shakib Al Hasan 24(12);
Mohit Sharma* 4-0-51-2; | Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-53-0
Dinesh Karthik* 42(23); | Nitish Rana 35(27);
Ben Laughlin* 3.5-0-37-0; | Ben Stokes 3-0-25-0
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..
Ben Laughlin [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack
Changing the field regularly
Ben Stokes [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
That 16-run over should seal it for KOL.
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.
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
Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Shreyas Gopal [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Laughlin [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Krishnappa Gowtham [2.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack
Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Shreyas Gopal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Time-out! 52 runs off the last five overs. Only one came off the first over and since then it has been the Narine-Uthappa show. Rajasthan need to break this stand before it gets too late.
Ben Laughlin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Dhawal Kulkarni, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Narine and Chris Lynn are at the crease. Narine is on strike. Gowtham will open the attack