Dinesh Karthik was one of the architects of KKR's win in Eliminator © BCCI
Dinesh Karthik was one of the architects of KKR’s win in Eliminator © BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) managed to edge past Rajasthan Royals (RR) to set up a semi-final clash (or in IPL terms, Qualifiers 2) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla spun Royals in a web, and Prasidh Krishna backed them with some superb death bowling. From 109 for 2, RR finished on 144 for 4, chasing 170. They scored a mere 57 off the last 10 overs. For KKR, Andre Russell rose to the occasion, whipping 49 runs in 25 balls after Dinesh Karthik had set a foundation. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson kept the visitors in hunt, but could not push their side past winning line. After an enthralling contest at Kolkata, here are the marks out of 10 for both sides:

Players Performance Marks Out of 10
Sunil Narine 4 (2), 4-0-39-0 2
Dinesh Karthik 52 (38) 8
Shubman Gill 28 (17) 5
Piyush Chawla 4-0-24-2 7
Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-18-1 6
Prasidh Krishna 4-0-28-1 5
Chris Lynn 18 (22) 3
Nitish Rana 3 (5) 1
Robin Uthappa 3 (7) 1
Andre Russell 49* (25), 3-0-22-0 8
Javon Searles 2 (5), 1-0-13-0 2

 

Players  Performance Marks Out of 10
Ajinkya Rahane 46 (41) 4
Heinrich Klaasen 18* (18) 2
Sanju Samson 50 (38) 5
Jofra Archer 4-0-33-2 5
Stuart Binny 0 (3) 0
Rahul Tripathi 20 (13) 2
Jaydev Unadkat 2-0-33-0 4
Krishnappa Gowtham 9 (7), 3-0-15-2 6
Shreyas Gopal 4-0-34-1 4
Ben Laughlin 3-0-35-2 5
Ish Sodhi 4-0-15-0 6

 Note: Ajinkya Rahane loses points for his sub-par captaincy. 

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 169 for 7 in 20 overs [Dinesh Karthik 52 (38), Shubman Gill 28 (17), Andre Russell 49 (25); Krishnappa Gowtham 3-0-15-2, Jofra Archer 4-0-33-2] beat Rajasthan Royals 144 for 4 in 20 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 46 (41), Sanju Samson 50 (38); Piyush Chawla 4-0-24-2, Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-18-1]

Player of the Match: Andre Russell.

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