Indian Premier League, 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 43

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date & Time: 25 April 2019

Rajasthan Royals 177/7

RR: 9.15 | Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ajinkya Rahane lbw Sunil Narine lbw Sunil Narine 342151
Sanju Samson bowled Piyush Chawla bowled Piyush Chawla 221502
Steven Smith bowled Sunil Narine bowled Sunil Narine 2600
Ben Stokes c Andre Russell & b Piyush Chawla c Andre Russell & b Piyush Chawla 111020
Riyan Parag hit wicket Andre Russell hit wicket Andre Russell 473152
Stuart Binny c Rinku Singh & b Piyush Chawla c Rinku Singh & b Piyush Chawla 111101
Shreyas Gopal c Shubman Gill & b Prasidh Krishna c Shubman Gill & b Prasidh Krishna 18940
Jofra Archer not out not out 271222
Jaydev Unadkat not out not out 0100
Oshane Thomas
Varun Aaron
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 0, w 5, nb 0)
Total 177 (7 Wkts, 19.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
53-1 (Ajinkya Rahane,5.2), 57-2 (Sanju Samson,6.3), 63-3 (Steven Smith,7.2), 78-4 (Ben Stokes,10.1), 98-5 (Stuart Binny,12.3), 123-6 (Shreyas Gopal,15.2), 167-7 (Riyan Parag,18.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Carlos Brathwaite2 0 16 0 8.00
Prasidh Krishna3.2 0 43 1 13.44
Andre Russell3 0 32 1 10.67
Sunil Narine4 0 25 2 6.25
Prithvi Raj2 0 28 0 14.00
Piyush Chawla4 0 20 3 5.00
Nitish Rana1 0 13 0 13.00

So Kolkata suffer their sixth consecutive loss of the season, while Rajasthan get level on points with them after this win. Things are getting intense now. Indian T20 League action continues as on Friday, Chennai host Mumbai at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Do tune in for that. Take care!

Man of the Match, Varun Aaron, says his fitness is good and it was just a case of the cramps. Adds that he had a little injury before, but he just caught the cramps because of dehydration. Feels that he didn't do too much wrong in the game he played earlier, but is happy he was able to contribute to the win tonight. Ends by saying that he dreams of playing for the national side and is working hard towards that goal.

Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith, says they certainly made it difficult for themselves. Adds that they lost wickets in clumps but credits Riyan Parag for playing like a seasoned pro. Continues saying that Shreyas Gopal and Jofra Archer chipped in with handy contributions which is pleasing to see. States that there was a bit of grass on the surface, which is the reason why they went with the pacers. Reckons that the death bowling could have been better, but also applauds Dinesh Karthik for executing his shots very well. Feels that earlier they couldn't get over the line in close games, but is glad to be on the other end of the result this time around. Mentions that Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer won't be there from the next game as they return for national duty and he will himself leave after their clash against Bangalore.

Jofra Archer coming in for a chat as well says that he was just thinking to get bat on ball in the last over. Mentions that he is very excited to play for England but at the same time, he is disappointed he is leaving the Rajasthan team for this season. Further adds that they have a great bunch of boys and anyone who replaces him and Ben Stokes will do a good job. Ends by saying that he is grateful for Rajasthan taking a chance on him despite him not playing any international cricket so far.

Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says he is disappointed as they had the game in the bag but could not get over the line. Mentions that they were looking to go full and on the stumps but the edges did not help and hence, the equation became easy. Further adds that the dew too did not aid their cause. States that he is happy with the way they fought but is disappointed with the result. Ends by saying that the mood is decent in the camp and he hopes they continue trusting him as a skipper but he is sad that they are struggling to win games.

Kolkata will be really disappointed that they couldn't get over the line. They reduced Rajasthan to 98/5 in the 11th over, with all of their experienced batsmen back in the dugout. What happened post that was something they'd have never imagined. The spin duo did its job, but the pacers couldn't back it up and they ended up leaking a lot of runs, resulting in the loss. What would upset them and Karthik in particular, is the fact that the Kolkata skipper powered his side to 175 with an amazing unbeaten 97. A sixth consecutive loss for Kolkata in this season. Not something they'd be pleased with.

A fantastic win in the end for the tourists, especially taking into account the position they were in after losing the best players rather early. The Powerplay belonged to Rajasthan despite losing Rahane just before its end, but post that, the tide completely swung in Kolkata's favour. Their spinners, Chawla and Narine, ran through the top order and allowed others to chip in and eat into the tail. All seemed lost but young Parag had other ideas in mind. He stitched a few solid stands but the main one came with Archer (Of 44) where they just scored freely. Parag departed, but Archer hung around and put the finishing touches on the win, with 4 balls still to spare.

P Krishna to J Archer, SIX! Jofra Archer has won it for his side. Oh, this is sensational. Just sensational! He knocks this out of the park and finishes things off in style. Full delivery around off, Archer makes room and gets under this one. Launches it over the wide long off fence for half a dozen. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
P Krishna to J Archer, FOUR! Edged and away! The Rajasthan dugout holds its celebration. There's still some ways to go. Length ball around off, Archer throws everything at it and gets a thick edge. It goes over short third man and away for a boundary.

Prasidh Krishna to bowl the final over of the game. He has 8 runs to defend.

A Russell to J Unadkat, Full on the stumps, it's driven to mid on for no run.
A Russell to R Parag, OUT! He's gone! How unfortunate. Kolkata needed this desperately and they've got the dangerman. Russell bangs it in short and angles it in on leg, Parag looks to pull but is off balance a bit. It goes off his glove and in the process, the batter knocking his bails off with his swinging bat. It's taken upstairs to check if it's a no ball or not for height and replays show it's fine.

Jaydev Unadkat is the new man in.

Something's being checked here. Think it's to check if it's a no ball or not. Could be a decisive factor as Parag has knocked his own bails off with his bat. Let's see here...

A Russell to R Parag, SIX! Riyan Parag playing some amazing shots here. He gets some good power behind this. Slower in pace, on a back of a length outside off, Parag muscles this towards wide long on. It seems Brathwaite out in the deep might catch this, but it goes just over his leaping attempt.
A Russell to J Archer, On the fuller side of the length, it's hit to mid off. The batsmen don't think twice and charge to the other end.
A Russell to R Parag, Parag drives this full ball outside off through to sweeper cover and crosses over.
A Russell to J Archer, Shortish on middle and off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Andre Russell back into the attack.

P Krishna to R Parag, SIX! That's right off the middle. Is this where the tide turns in Rajasthan's favour? Short of a good length in line of the stumps, Parag swings across the line and nails the heave perfectly. It goes sailing over the square leg stands for half a dozen. 13 off the over. 18 runs needed in 12 balls.
P Krishna to R Parag, Play and a miss! Fuller length ball wide outside off, Parag loses his balance as he tries to reach out and hit it away. Fails to make any kind of connection.
P Krishna to R Parag, FOUR! Lucky runs for Parag and Rajasthan. They won't mind this at all. Fuller length ball around off, Parag throws his bat at it and gets an inside edge which goes past the leg stump and away to the fine leg boundary.
P Krishna to J Archer, Full toss well outside off, hit through to sweeper for a single.
P Krishna to R Parag, Full again, angling in on middle and leg, drilled away wide of mid on for another brisk single.
P Krishna to J Archer, Good stop from Narine. Full delivery attacking the stumps, Archer smashes it towards mid off where the fielder moves to his left and stop it with his foot. The batsmen take a run.

Prasidh Krishna back on now.

S Narine to J Archer, Archer swings his bat across the line and helps the pull in front of square leg for a single. 15 runs off the over, Narine doesn't end his spell well. 31 runs needed in the last three overs.
S Narine to R Parag, Stays on the back foot and punches it through to sweeper cover for a run.
S Narine to R Parag, FOUR! 13 already off the over. Rajasthan doing well here. Quick and on the leg stump line, Parag tickles it fine down the leg side and finds the fence.
S Narine to R Parag, Goes with the spin and works it through mid-wicket for a brace.
S Narine to J Archer, Leading edge but safe. Quick, flat and short on middle and off, Archer closes the face early and it pops off the edge safely in the cover area.
S Narine to J Archer, SIX! That's gone flat! What a start to the over from Archer. Short, quick and outside off, Archer plants his front foot forward and hammers it straight back over the bowler's head for a biggie. This is the boundary scored off Narine's spell so far.

Sunil Narine to bowl out.

P Krishna to J Archer, The attempted yorker, angling in on middle and leg, it's turned behind square leg for one.
P Krishna to J Archer, FOUR! That's hit really well. Back of a length into the body, Archer stands tall and heaves it aerially, flat through mid-wicket. It's placed nicely in the gap and that's a boundary.
P Krishna to J Archer, Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide called by the umpire.
P Krishna to J Archer, Just ahead of a length and Archer meets it with the full face of the bat.
P Krishna to R Parag, Full ball attacking the stumps, Parag works it to the right of the bowler and takes a quick single.

Jofra Archer is next in to bat.

P Krishna to S Gopal, OUT! Gopal holes out and that should be it for Rajasthan. Should be. Fuller length ball just outside off, the batsman clears his front leg and attempts to go big downtown. He doesn't time it at all, and hands a simple enough catch to Gill running in from the deep.
P Krishna to R Parag, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, it's punched wide of cover for a run.

Strategic break. Rajasthan need 54 in 30 balls, and this would be in reach, if they had wickets in hand. Seems a difficult task for them now, unless Gopal and Parag say otherwise. Kolkata will still feel confident, knowing that a single wicket at this point will be enough. Also, Prasidh Krishna is back on to bowl.

N Rana to S Gopal, FOUR! Three in a row. Gopal doing a terrific job by going after the part-timer. Some flight on this one, Shreyas Gopal drives it sweetly and times the drives through the covers well. Wide long off tries to cut it off by moving to his left, but it's too good for him. 13 runs off the over.
N Rana to S Gopal, FOUR! Another short ball, another poor ball and that's another boundary. Too straight in line, Gopal pulls it through square leg and beats the man in the deep.
N Rana to S Gopal, FOUR! Too much width on offer, short and flat outside off, Gopal sticks on the back foot and cuts it hard through point for a boundary.
N Rana to S Gopal, Gives the charge and looks to smack it down the ground. Doesn't time it quite well. Rana moves swiftly to his right and stops it nicely.
N Rana to R Parag, Sliding in on middle and leg, a little shorter in length, Parag goes back and works it in front of square leg for one run.
N Rana to R Parag, Full delivery outside the line of off stump, Parag prods forward and pushes it on the off side.

Nitish Rana is called on to have a go with the ball.

A Russell to S Gopal, FOUR! He's found the gap well. Extremely full and just outside off, Gopal drills it through extra cover and finds the fence with ease.