KKR vs RR LIVE: 2nd Strategic time-out update – Dinesh Karthik helps Kolkata Knight Riders to 96/4 in 14 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
KKR vs RR LIVE: live Cricket score - After Rajasthan Royals' Varun Aaron dented Kolkata Knight Riders early in Match 43 of IPL 2019, skipper Dinesh Karthik came to the fore for the hosts, helping his team to 96/4 by the 14th over

After Rajasthan RoyalsVarun Aaron dented Kolkata Knight Riders early in Match 43 of IPL 2019, skipper Dinesh Karthik came to the fore for the hosts, helping his team to 96/4 by the 14th over – when the second strategic time-out. DK walked in to bat with KKR in a precarious 31/2 in 4.6 overs and with Nitish Rana tried to rebuild the innings.

Rana hit some lusty blows to get going, but was bogged down in the middle overs, before falling to Shreyas Gopal in the ninth over  caught at point by Aaron for 21 off 26 balls. Karthik then upped the ante with a massive over that saw Gopal being hit for three fours and a six. Sunil Narine, dropped down to the middle order, added a six off the last ball as the over went for 25 runs.

But KKR lost Narine to a run-out, affected by Aaron, for 11 off eight balls, in the 12th over, but Karthik found the boundaries regularly hitting a six and four off Aaron to score 41 off 30 balls. At the other end, Andre Russell is batting on two off three balls.

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Varun Aaron Rules Powerplay

Earlier. the Jharkhand pacer, who replaced Dhawal Kulkarni in the playing XI for RR, dismissed both the KKR openers – Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill – and justified his selection in the side.

Electing to bowl, RR had an early success as KKR lost Lynn in the first over. Aaron, struck on the third ball of the innings as Lynn threw his hands to the ball, only to drag it back onto the stumps. The Australia got out for zero and failed to give KKR a bright start they were looking for at their home ground.

Nitish Rana joined Gill after Lynn’s fall. The two Indians added 31 runs together. However, just when KKR were hoping that the two will score big, Aaron once again dashed those hopes as he sent Gill packing for 14.

Gill scored 14 off 14 before Aaron disturbed the timber in the fifth over to scalp his second wicket in the powerplay and pushed the DK-led KKR on the backfoot in the six overs.

RR made two changes to their playing XI as Aaron and the West Indian pacer Oshane Thoman were picked in the team for the first time this season. Kulkarni and Ashton Turner, who had a hat-trick of golden ducks were dropped to include the pace-bowling duo.

KKR, meanwhile, made one change to the side as Prasidh Krishna replaced KC Cariappa in the playing XI.