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Rajasthan vs Kolkata - 15th Match

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

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

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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..

18.5
6
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
18.4
1
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
18.3
1
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, powers the slower ball down towards long-on
18.2
1
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, chips the slower ball down towards long-on
18.2
1
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, wide, length ball down leg, Rana misses out. But they'll collect a wide
18.1
2
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

17.6
1
Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, dabs this length ball down to third man
17.5
0
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
17.4
1
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, slower length ball just outside off, dabs it in front of backward point
17.3
4
Stokes to Karthik, FOUR, full toss outside off, 144kph, Karthik carves it away through backward point. Rocketed off his bat

Changing the field regularly

17.2
2
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
17.1
1
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.

16.6
1
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, 1 run, slower length ball on off, defended wide of cover
16.5
6
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
16.4
1
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery slanted across off, punched through point
16.3
6
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
16.2
1
Unadkat to Nitish Rana, 1 run, full and straight, prevents Rana from getting under the ball. Driven along the ground to long-on
16.1
1
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.

15.6
1
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, Karthik cracks a back-cut to third man
15.5
1
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
15.4
0
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, no run, good length ball on middle, 133kph, Rana clears his front leg and drives to short cover
15.3
1
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery, works it down to long-on
15.2
0
Laughlin to Karthik, no run, driven straight to cover
15.1
2
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

14.6
1
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length off-cutter on middle and leg, tucks it round the corner for one
14.5
0
Unadkat to Karthik, no run, slower ball on off, defended into the off-side
14.4
1
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
14.3
0
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
14.2
1
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
14.1
2
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

13.6
1
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
13.5
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, shovels the googly down to long-on
13.4
1
Shreyas Gopal to Karthik, 1 run, googly on middle and leg, only slightly short but it's enough for Karthik to swivel it away through square leg
13.3
0
Shreyas Gopal to Karthik, no run, nicely on top of this as he defends into the off-side
13.2
2
Shreyas Gopal to Karthik, 2 runs, flat leg-break on middle, Karthik goes right back and nurdles it softly behind square. He hurtles back for the second and dives into the crease
13.1
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, swatted on the bounce to deep mid-wicket. He pulled this very hard, but couldn't get much elevation

Shreyas Gopal [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

12.6
4
Gowtham to Karthik, FOUR, oh lovely. He's already showing some excellent touch out there. 102kph delivery from Gowtham, Karthik stays back to it and then dabs it out of the keeper's gloves. So so late and really really fine
12.5
2
Gowtham to Karthik, 2 runs, now he cuts this ball to the right of the man in the deep, they have to rush back for the second this time as the fielder gets to it quickly. Not a great throw
12.4
2
Gowtham to Karthik, 2 runs, flat and short outside off, Karthik back-cuts through backward point and comes back for two as sweeper cover cuts it off

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.3
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, out Caught by Stokes!! Superb catch at the boundary from Stokes, showing great awareness here. It was drilled back hard by Uthappa, and Stokes had plenty to do at long-on. Initially, he had to take a brilliant overhead catch while making sure that he times his jump nicely. And then he had to toss the ball back in as his feet were going to encroach the cushions. He judges the situation to a nicety and the execution is spot on. Uthappa c Stokes b Gowtham 48(36) [4s-6 6s-2]

Gowtham to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.2
1
Gowtham to Nitish Rana, 1 run, goes down on the back knee and sweeps to fine leg
12.1
4
Gowtham to Nitish Rana, FOUR, Gowtham darting them in real quick - 95kph this one. Rana goes back, uses the pace of it and tickles it nice and fine. Bit too straight this one from round the wicket
11.6
1
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, 137kph, yorker on middle, Rana hops back and works it through square leg
11.5
1
Laughlin to Uthappa, 1 run, this slower ball swings away from Uthappa who toe-ends the flick to deep mid-wicket. He took it on the full, but had no timing on it
11.4
0
Laughlin to Uthappa, no run, slower good length ball, Uthappa gets forward and defends
11.3
1
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, 1 run, 112kph, slower back of length delivery going across off, Rana pats it wide of Rahane at short cover and calls for a tricky single. He makes it comfortably in the end
11.2
0
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, no run, slower length ball at the stumps, blocked back
11.1
4
Laughlin to Nitish Rana, FOUR, low full toss outside off, Rana puts bat to ball and it skims away through the covers. Didn't go too hard on the drive, just focused on timing which was spot on

Ben Laughlin [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

10.6
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, they've gone upstairs for a stumping check, but the Rajasthan don't seem too excited. Oooh, Uthappa's back foot was out for a bit. But he's able to plonk it back inside the crease by the time the bails are taken off. He had stretched out to fetch the cross-batted swipe from outside off, but it skidded on from a length and sneaked under his bat
10.5
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, 97kph, length ball on off, bunted back in the air by Uthappa but it falls just short of Gowtham as he dives across - on the half-volley
10.4
1
Gowtham to Nitish Rana, 1 run, sliding in on middle and leg, 93kph, Rana nudges into the vacant square leg region
10.3
1
Gowtham to Uthappa, 1 run, fired in on a length at 100kph, Uthappa works it down to long-on
10.2
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, flat length delivery skidding on around off, punched back to Gowtham
10.1
1
Gowtham to Nitish Rana, 1 run, dances down and pushes back to Gowtham who misfields and lets it through to long-off

Krishnappa Gowtham [2.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, another slow and short delivery outside off, Rana has to wait for ages as he connects it cut past the man at point, only a single though
9.5
1
Stokes to Uthappa, 1 run, full length delivery on middle and leg, Uthappa chips it down to long-on for a single, that was in the air for a while but well short of the fielder
9.5
1
Stokes to Uthappa, wide, slower delivery gone wrong. Sprays it down the leg side and Uthappa leaves it alone
9.4
1
Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, right into the blockhole there, on middle and leg, Rana digs it out to mid-on for a single
9.3
1
Stokes to Uthappa, 1 run, on middle and leg, Uthappa drags it to deep mid-wicket for a single
9.2
4
Stokes to Uthappa, FOUR, misfield by Unadkat and Stokes isn't pleased by that. Was a back of a length delivery outside off, Uthappa went for it with hard hands, threw his bat at it and got an outside edge. Unadkat slips at square third man and misfields as the ball goes through him
9.1
1
Stokes to Nitish Rana, 1 run, on a length outside off, guides to backward point by Rana
8.6
6
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, SIX, a biggie to end the over! Excellent timing on that. Full and floated on middle, Uthappa doesn't miss out on the chance to slog it over mid-wicket, a meaty blow that was. That'll spoil the over for the bowler
8.5
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, flighted delivery around middle and leg, tucked to the on side by Rana to get off the mark

Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease

8.4
0
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, out Narine Run Out!! Poor piece of running there. First of all he tried to reverse sweep it and as it went off the pads to short third man. Narine wanted the run but Uthappa sent him back. There was no chance that Uthappa would have completed the run. Unadkat is the man who throws it at the keeper's end to catch Narine well short of his crease. Narine run out (Unadkat/Buttler) 35(25) [4s-5 6s-1]

Shreyas Gopal to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

8.3
0
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, no run, loopy delivery around off, Narine comes down the wicket and decides to defend as Gopal bowls a googly and shortens the length
8.2
1
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, Uthappa guides it to short third man and gets across to the other end. The throw came in at Narine's end and deflected away off his bat to long-off, hence Narine decided against taking the second, in the right spirit of the game...
8.1
1
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, leg byes, 1 run, flat and quick on the pads, Narine tries to nudge that away to the on side, gets struck on the pads but makes sure to change ends
7.6
0
Stokes to Uthappa, no run, only 6 runs off Stokes' first over! Was a fine over by him, apart from the edge that went to the boundary. This was short and quick outside off, Uthappa poked at it, got beaten all ends up
7.5
0
Stokes to Uthappa, no run, good delivery that one. Yorker outside off, too good for Uthappa who gets beaten as he tries to squeeze it out
7.4
1
Stokes to Narine, 1 run, fires in a full length delivery around off, Narine drives it past the diving fielder at extra-cover, gets a single
7.3
4
Stokes to Narine, FOUR, another edge, another boundary. On a length around off, Narine goes hard at it and gets an outside edge that makes it fly past the keeper. Even a dive by Buttler wouldn't have helped his cause
7.2
1
Stokes to Uthappa, 1 run, length delivery on middle and leg, Uthappa nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single
7.1
0
Stokes to Uthappa, no run, shout for an lbw, turned down by the umpire. Short of a length around middle and off, Uthappa looks to flick it away but gets beaten due to pace and is struck on the pads. Stokes goes up in an appeal but the umpire thinks it was going above the stumps. Or maybe, there was an inside edge

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

6.6
2
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, 2 runs, this was full in length and a straighter one outside off, Narine chips it towards wide long-off and gets two as Stokes sprints to his right and stops it with a fine effort in the outfield
6.5
0
Shreyas Gopal to Narine, no run, another googly by Gopal, Narine guides it back to the bowler
6.4
1
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, 1 run, flatter around off, Uthappa flicks it away to deep mid-wicket and gets off the strike
6.3
6
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, SIX, short and punished! Gopal drops it short on off, Uthappa camps back and times his pull over mid-wicket, an impressive blow
6.2
0
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, no run, loopy delivery outside off, Uthappa has punched it to the man at cover
6.1
0
Shreyas Gopal to Uthappa, no run, floater outside off, a googly in fact and Uthappa angles it away to point

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.

5.6
6
Laughlin to Narine, SIX, 50-run stand up between Narine and Uthappa! Short of a length around off, Narine clears his front leg and pulls it over mid-wicket to end the powerplay with a maximum. Good recovery by KOL after the loss of Lynn in the first over of the innings
5.5
0
Laughlin to Narine, no run, fine yorker by Laughlin there. Narine was backing away, he cleared his front leg but the bowler follows him, spears it on leg and Narine digs it out
5.4
1
Laughlin to Uthappa, 1 run, drives the full length delivery down to mid-off for a single
5.3
1
Laughlin to Narine, 1 run, short of a length around off, Narine pulls it away to deep mid-wicket
5.2
1
Laughlin to Uthappa, 1 run, knocks the length delivery down to long-on and takes a single
5.1
4
Laughlin to Uthappa, FOUR, poor line! Can't bowl such freebies when a batsman is in good touch. This was a shortish delivery on the thigh and all Uthappa wanted to do is get it past the fielder at short fine leg, manages to do so. Drags it past the fielder and gets another boundary

Ben Laughlin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6
1
Unadkat to Uthappa, 1 run, fine stop by Laughlin at mid-off, saves three runs for his team. Was a full length ball around off, Uthappa drove it to mid-off and Laughlin dived to his right and grabbed the ball with his right hand. Expensive over, nevertheless
4.5
4
Unadkat to Uthappa, FOUR, cheeky. That's Uthappa's experience for you. Shortish in length around off, Uthappa simply guides it down to third man and finds the fence again, can't keep a fielder so fine
4.4
4
Unadkat to Uthappa, FOUR, slower delivery and that's been put away to the fence again. Just outside off and on a length, Uthappa stands tall and pumps it right over the bowler's head
4.3
0
Unadkat to Uthappa, no run, angled away from the batsman on a length outside off, Uthappa tries to run it down to third man, but misses
4.2
4
Unadkat to Uthappa, FOUR, pulled away! Short of a length on middle and leg, Uthappa picks the length on it and pulls it neatly over mid-wicket, on a bounce and over the fence there
4.1
0
Unadkat to Uthappa, no run, on a length around off, Uthappa knocks it back to the bowler

Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

3.6
0
D Kulkarni to Narine, no run, good comeback by Kulkarni after conceding three boundaries. Pitches this one full and outside off, Narine tries to squeeze it out but that ball was probably too quick for him
3.5
4
D Kulkarni to Narine, FOUR, hat-trick of boundaries. Kulkarni put under pressure by Narine. Picks the length early on that short one, transfers his weight on to the back foot and pummels it through mid-wicket, the fielder there was too square to cut this off
3.4
4
D Kulkarni to Narine, FOUR, this was even better than the previous one. No fielders moved, just mere spectators. Short of a length outside off, Narine throws his hands at it and times his drive through the gap there, that came right from the meat
3.3
4
D Kulkarni to Narine, FOUR, finally manages to get a boundary. Was trying it since a while. This was a tad on the slower side but short enough for Narine to thrash it, goes aerial over covers and finds the boundary, his first convincing shot of the day
3.2
0
D Kulkarni to Narine, no run, short of a length outside off, punches that firmly off his back foot but straight to the man at cover-point
3.1
0
D Kulkarni to Narine, no run, sprays in a full length delivery outside off, Narine tries to reach for it with a drive, can't make any connection though. Rajasthan are bowling well to Narine tonight, making life difficult for him to get off to a flier
2.6
1
Gowtham to Narine, 1 run, comes down the wicket and flicks the slider to mid-wicket
2.5
0
Gowtham to Narine, no run, short again around off and Narine has punched it to the same man again
2.4
0
Gowtham to Narine, no run, flat and quick around off and middle, Narine rocks back to punch it to extra-cover
2.3
1
Gowtham to Uthappa, 1 run, mistimed... but safe again. Had this been timed would have been straight to Stokes at long-on. Short in length around off and Uthappa pulls it to long-on, on a bounce
2.2
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, short again around off, punches it into the off-side, can't find the gap though at cover
2.1
4
Gowtham to Uthappa, FOUR, showed glimpses of form in the previous game too. This is short around off, Uthappa camps back and punches it well past the fielder at mid-off, placement was bang on there
1.6
1
D Kulkarni to Uthappa, 1 run, length delivery seaming into the batsman right at the stumps on middle, Uthappa nudges it in front of mid-on and retains strike with a quick single
1.5
1
D Kulkarni to Narine, 1 run, on a length outside off, Narine eases it towards mid-off and gets across to the other end
1.4
4
D Kulkarni to Narine, FOUR, edged but safe! A short delivery around off, too close to cut and Narine goes ahead with the shot. Gets a top edge that eludes the leaping keeper and finds the fence. Lucky to be still out there, but this is how he plays
1.3
0
D Kulkarni to Narine, no run, short and outside off, Narine goes for a cut, mistimes it to the off-side
1.2
2
D Kulkarni to Narine, 2 runs, almost a mix-up there. Narine wanted the third too but Uthappa wasn't interested in it, sends him back. Coming to the delivery it was a slower delivery outside off and Narine check-drove it over covers. The throw came in at the bowler's end, had it been to the keeper's end, it might have been a run out
1.1
0
D Kulkarni to Narine, no run, full and outside off, Narine tries to reach for it but the ball is too wide to make contact

Dhawal Kulkarni, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, excellent opening over by Gowtham! Concedes only a single off it, gets a wicket too. This one is short and wide outside off and all Uthappa can do is punch it to the man at point
0.5
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, another short one, a tad quick outside off, Uthappa camps back and punches it to wide mid-off
0.4
0
Gowtham to Uthappa, no run, short and quick on leg, Uthappa tries to flick that away but gets struck on the pads

Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.3
0
Gowtham to Chris Lynn, out Bowled!! Duck for Chris Lynn! Couldn't have been a better start for the Rajasthan, this. Lynn not having a great time, dropped a catch earlier and departs without troubling the scorers. It's a short delivery and with a bit of off-spin, Lynn goes back to cut and gets undone due to the lack of bounce and spin on that. No Lynn special tonight and the crowd at Jaipur erupts. Chris Lynn b Gowtham 0(2)

Gowtham to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

0.2
0
Gowtham to Chris Lynn, no run, short and flat around off, Lynn knocks it back to the bowler
0.1
1
Gowtham to Narine, 1 run, starts off with a slider on middle and leg, Narine gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket as he looks to drive

Narine and Chris Lynn are at the crease. Narine is on strike. Gowtham will open the attack