Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2018, KKR, RR
Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik stitched a partnership of 61 to ensure win for KKR © AFP

Rajasthan Royals(RR) could only manage to post 160 losing 8 wickets after being put to bat by Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) in the match 15 of Vivo IPL 2018. Ajinkya Rahane gave a good start to RR before Dinesh Karthik  stumped him off Nitish Rana who picked two wickets in his two overs. D’Arcy Short played a waiting innings of almost run a ball 44. Jos Buttler was unbeaten on 24 off 18 but could not take the score to a competitive one.

KKR chased down the total comfortably with 7 balls remaining winning by 7 wickets. Sunil Narine recorded his worse figures with the ball but did it with the bat scoring 35 off 25 as Chris Lynn was out on a duck. Robin Uthappa played well but missed his half century by two runs. Nitish Rana(35*) and Karthik(42*) stitched a partnership of 61 runs to win it for KKR.

Here is how each player scored marks out of 10

Player Performance Rating
Sanju Samson 7(8) 2/10
Ajinkya Rahane 36(19) 8/10
Ben Stokes 14(11), 3-0-25-0, 1c 4/10
Jos Buttler 24*(18), 1r.o 5/10
Shreyas Gopal 0(1), 3-0-23-0 2/10
D’Arcy Short 44(43) 7/10
Rahul Tripathi 15(11) 3/10
Krishnappa Gowtham 4-0-23-2 7/10
Ben Laughlin 3.5-0-37-0 2/10
Jaydev Unadkat 0(0),3-0-34-0, 1r.o 3/10
Dhawal Kulkarni 3(3), 2-0-20-0 4/10

RR team average: 4.3

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Chris Lynn 0(2) 0/10
Sunil Narine 35 (25), 4-0-48-0 4/10
Robin Uthappa 48 (36) 5/10
Nitish Rana 35* (27), 2-0-11-2, c1 8/10
Dinesh Karthik 42* (23), st1 7/10
Andre Russell 1c 2/10
Shubman Gill 1 r.o 2/10
Tom Curran 2-0-19-2 7/10
Piyush Chawla 4-0-18-1 8/10
Shivam Mavi 4-0-40-1 4/10
Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-23-1 5/10

KKR team average: 4.7

Brief scores

Rajasthan Royals 160 for 8 in 20 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 36 (19), D'Arcy Short 44 (43); Nitish Rana 2-0-11-1, Tom Curran 2-0-19-2, Piyush Chawla 4-0-18-1, Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-23-1] vs Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 3 in 18.5 overs [Sunil Narine 35 (25), Robin Uthappa 48 (36), Nitish Rana 35 (27)*, Dinesh Karthik 42 (23)*; K Gowtham 4-0-23-2] by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: Nitish Rana