IPL 2019, Match Highlight: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders full score and results: Kolkata Knight Riders go top of the table with 8-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan just appeared listless with the ball. A complete contrast to the first innings where the batsmen struggled so much to make proper connection with the ball. Whether it be spinner or pacer, the Kolkata opening pair successfully attacked anyone they faced and put the game to bed more easily than anyone would have thought. Plenty for the home side to ponder and work on. Earlier in the evening, Rajasthan managed to post 139 on the board on the back of a fine fifty from Steven Smith, but it eventually didn’t prove to be enough.

A thumping victory for Kolkata. Where Rajasthan struggled so much with the bat, the visitors have just battered the hosts’ bowling attack like it was a flat wicket. It poses a big question as to what happened in the first innings. Lynn and Narine set the tone and more or less finished the job at hand as the duo put 91 runs between them for the opening stand, with the former scoring a fast fifty. Uthappa and Gill then came in and put the finishing touches on a comfortable chase.

Over 14: and there’s the match. Ben Stokes bowls a wide and hand shake time. Massive win this for KKR, with eight wickets in hand and 37 balls remaining. They go top of the table with their fourth win.

Over 13: Robin Uthappa digs in to his  Karnataka teammate Shreyas Gopal with two maximums and that should signal an early end to the match. 7 needed off 42 now

Over 12: Tidy over from Jofra Archer. Just three off it, but KKR don’t have to rush. They need just 22 off 48 balls.  

Over 11: 50 for Chris Lynn but he departs in the same over. Tried to take on Shreyas Gopal for a second six of the over but holes out at deep backward square leg. He made 50 off 32 balls. He made 10 runs off it. KKR 118/2

Over 10: Sudehsan Midhun back on and he is taken for two more fours. One from Robin Uthappa and one from Chris Lynn. 13 runs off it. 105/1

Over 9: Finally a wicket for Rajasthan as Shreyas Gopal strikes to remove Sunil Narine for 47 off 25 balls. Narine went for a swing, but the edge was taken well at first slip by Steve Smith. But the West Indian has done the job for his team. In walks, Robin Uthappa. KKR 92/1, need 48 off 11 overs.

Over 8: Debutant Sudhesan Midun comes in to the attack and he is taken of two sixes by Sunil Narine. Baptism by fire this for the Kerala tweaker. 16 runs off it. 84/0

Over 7: Shreyas Gopal in to the attack and a tidy over this. Just three runs off it. 68/0

Over 6: Dhawal Kulkarni in to his third and that’s two fours off the over. 11 runs off it. KKR 65/0. Sunil Narine is on 34 off 16 balls, Chris Lynn is on 29 off 20 balls.

Over 5: Jofra Archer back for his second over and Chris Lynn launches one straight for a six and that’s 50 up for KKR in just 4.1 overs. 8 runs off the over. 54/0

Over 4: What an over this from KKR. Dhawal Kulkarni had Sunil Narine foxed with a slower one, but the skier was dropped by Rahul Tripathi. Off the next ball, Kulkarni had Chris Lynn playing one of to the stumps and the stump lights lit up, but the bails did not dislodge and Lynn survives. Kulkarni can’t believe his luck. And Lynn takes a four to add insult to injury. 46/0 

Over 3: Jofra Archer in to the attack and Chris Lynn takes  a four early on. But that’s the only runs he concedes in the over. 36/0

Over 2: Massive over this for Kolkata Knight Riders. 22 runs off it as Sunil Narine gets the ball in his arc and takes four fours and a six off Krishnappa Gowtham. 32/0

Over 1: Good start by Chris Lynn as he takes two fours off Dhawal Kulkarni’s first over. 10/0

So, not going to be a straightforward chase in any way. Kolkata will have to be cautious and pick their moments. The wicket is slow and turning, and the home team has some quality spinners in their ranks. Let’s see how the second half unfolds.

Harry Gurney is caught for a chat. He says that there was a little bit resistance on the pitch and the ball was not coming onto the bat. On his impressive debut, Gurney says practice is the key. Adds that sometimes the ball grips and sometimes it does not, but it is important to bowl according to the plan. Tells everyone that the experience of playing here is special. Admits that he has played international cricket but the atmosphere here is fantastic.

Kolkata took advantage of the slow nature of the surface and didn’t really let the runs leak as such, but they’d feel they could have done better in trying to prevent the occasional boundary which let up the pressure off the home side. Harry Gurney starred on debut with 2/25, while Krishna took the other wicket but was slightly expensive. The spin trio of Chawla, Narine and Kuldeep might not have got wickets, but were economical in their combined 12 overs.

Rajasthan have 139 posted on the board. This could be either of two things – either the surface is a difficult one or it’s just that the hosts couldn’t adapt well enough. But, given what a quality batsmen Steven Smith and Jos Buttler are, you’d find it hard to buy that these two players couldn’t get used to the conditions. Rajasthan lost Rahane early, but Buttler and Smith were keeping the scoreboard ticking and scored 72 runs between them, albeit not in their usual pacey manner. The latter went on to remain unbeaten on 73, which could be the difference maker in the end in this game.

Over 20: Another good over from Harry Gurney but Steve Smith manages a four off it and that’s 8 runs off the over. Steve Smith remains unbeaten on 73 off 59 balls. That’s quality innings from the Australian international, but are RR 10-15 runs short? Maybe they are, but they do have the bowling line-up to curtail KKR. RR 139/3

Over 19: A strange over this from Prasidh Krishna. A froot foot no-ball, three full tosses, including a beamer, a wide and that’s 12 runs for Rajasthan Royals. They move to good looking 131/3 with one over to go

Over 18: Eight runs off Sunil Narine’s final over as Steve Smith launches one over the ropes for a massive six. Only the second of the match. 8 runs off it. RR 119/8 with two go

Over 17: Nelson for three are Rajasthan Royals at the end of 17th over. Just five off it from Kuldeep Yadav’s final over. He finishes well with 33 runs in his four overs. Steve Smith is on 55*, Ben Stokes on 2*.

Over 16: Top over this from Harry Gurney. Just three off it and the wicket of Rahul Tripathi, who was looking to up the ante, but was foxed by a slower one, caught at short extra cover by Piyush Chawla. RR 106/3

TIME-OUT!

Over 15: Good over this for Rajasthan as 12 runs come off it. Steve Smith brings up his fifty and that’s 100 up for Rajasthan as well. RR 103/2

Over 14: Sunil Narine back on and two leg byes and a wide earns Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith seven runs off it. RR 91/2

Over 13: It’s just not happening for Rajasthan Royals as Piyush Chawla completes his spell of four overs giving away just 19 runs. Six runs off the over. RR 84/2

Over 12: Successful over this for Harry Gurney. He was clubbed for the first maximum of the night off a slower one by Buttler, but Buttler tries to go big once again and is holed out at cow corner. Buttler goes for 37 off 34 balls. RR 78/2 

Over 11: Kuldeep Yadav proving to be rather expensive here. Two fours again off his third over. That’s 11 runs off the over. RR 67/1 

Over 10: Harry Gurney in to the attack and that’s just three runs off his first over. RR 56/1

TIME-OUT!

Over 9: Rajasthan Royals get a move on, two fours off Kuldeep Yadav’s over. RR 53/1

Over 8: Something has to give and soon enough. Steve smith slices one for four past the point region to take the first boundary for Rajasthan in over three overs. But still only eight runs off it. RR 43/1

Over 7: A slightly better over this for Rajasthan Royals. Seven runs off it as Kuldeep Yadav comes in to the attack. RR 35/1 

Over 6: Sunil Narine in to the attack and a good over. Play and misses by Jos Buttler  as only three runs come off it. RR 28/1. That’s their lowest Powerplay score this season.

Over 5: Tidy over by Piyush Chawla. Just two runs off it and that’s 11 dots balls in his three overs. The slowness of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, pretty much evident. Has Dinesh Karthik missed a trick by opting to bat second today! RR 25/1 

Over 4: Jos Buttler is looking in good nick as he takes two boundaries off Prasidh Krishna’s second over. The Karnataka youngster tried to experiment and gets punishes. 11 runs off it. RR 23/1

Over 3: Piyush Chawla in to his second over and Jos Buttler is up and running with a boundary off a googly, but only six runs off the over. RR 12/1

Over 2: Super over from Prasidh Krishna as  he traps Ajinkya Rahane in front off his first delivery of the match. Rahane failed to read the angle of the delivery and has to depart for 5. Just a single off it. RR 6/1

Over 1: Tidy over from Piyush Chawla four dot balls but the men in pink are on their way with Ajinkya Rahane picking up a boundary with a sweep towards the cow corner. RR 5/0   

And we are underway! Piyush Chawla had the new ball for Kolkata Knight Riders while Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for Rajasthan Royals.

Teams:

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna

TOSS: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik wins the toss and elects to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Match 21 of the IPL 2019 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday.

PREVIEW

How do you stop Andre Russell? The question must be eating away Ajinkya Rahaneas he awaits the arrival of ‘Russell Storm’ in Jaipur on Sunday as his Rajasthan Royals face Kolkata Knight Riders.

His superb form has seen KKR surge to victories from difficult positions right from their season opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Russell’s brutal hitting has been the common thread running through their impressive show.

So, how do they neutralise Russell? Spin. Although, RR are struggling with their bowling, the form of legspinner Shreyas Gopal has been good news. In their last match, Gopal bamboozled RCB pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with his googlies which eventually proved decisive in guiding them to a maiden win of the season.

Before they even focus on the Jamaican, RR will have to deal with KKR’s top order that has been in equally good, if not destructive. Their spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla only adds to the challenge. But RR have just won their first match and the high-on-confidence hosts will be itching to keep the momentum. They also boast of world-class batting order but barring a couple, the rest are yet to fire on all cylinders. RR will have to rise to the challenge or they are sure to be walloped by red-hot KKR.