KKR vs RR LIVE: 2nd Strategic time-out update: Rajasthan Royals stay alive chasing 176 despite Piyush Chawla’s 3/20
Rajasthan Royals stay alive chasing 176 despite Piyush Chawla's 3/20

After Rajathan Royals’ rapid start – courtesy Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson – in chase of 176 to win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 43 of IPL 2019 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday, spinners brought KKR back in the game in the middle overs, as RR found themselves in a spot of bother. But Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag, with an unbeaten stand of 24 runs in just 15 balls helped RR to 122/5 in 15 overs, when the strategic time-out was taken.

Rahane and Samson had combined for a stand of 53 runs in just 5.3 overs before the former was trapped in front by Sunil Narine for 34 off 21 balls in the sixth over.

Off the next over, Piyush Chawla had the well-set Samson tangled in a web and castled for 22 off 15 balls. Narine and Chawla were at their potent best and RR skipper Steve Smith and Ben Stokes found the going tough. Off the eight over, Narine had Smith cleaned up with a one that kept a tad low. Smith departed for two off six balls.

Introduction of pace, in the form of Prithivraj Yarra was a welcome come as Stokes and Riyan Parag got a boundary each of the pacer but Chawla had Stokes caught in the deep magnificently by Andre Russell for 11 off 10 balls, thus ending the England allrounder IPL 2019 sojourn on forgettable knock.  (IPL 2019, KKR vs RR: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

Stuart Binny smashed a six off Chawla, a slog sweep over cow corner, to break the shackles, but the UP-born tweaker had the last laugh, sending back the Karnataka allrounder for 11 off 11 off his final over to finish the spell with 4-0-20-3.

but Shreyas Gopal and Parag kept RR in the hunt with Gopal smashing part-timer Nitish Rana for three consecutive boundaries. Parag is unbeaten on 20 off 19 balls , while Gopal has raced to 18 off 8 balls, taking RR to 122/5. They need 54 off 30 balls.