IPL 2018, KKR vs RR: 5 talking points

IPL 2018 Shane Warne's Presence Helped KKR's Kuldeep Yadav Register His Best Figures of 4-20

It did not work as Narine took Gowtham apart, scoring 21 runs off five balls.

Rajasthan failed to build on a blistering start, managing a vulnerable 142 in the 19 overs they lasted in a crunch match at the Eden Gardens here yesterday. Rajasthan is also in high spirits after Job Buttler powers the Royals to a magnificent win at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. In his next over, Kuldeep's discipline forced Jos Buttler, 11 runs short of six consecutive fifties, into another reverse sweep. However, wickets falling in regular intervals restricted the run flow.

How did Royals lose their way from 63 for 0 in 4.4 overs?

Credit to the KKR bowlers for clawing their way back into the contest. I'm very happy for them.

KKR 119/4 after 16 overs. That and the smallness of KKR's target meant they were never under real pressure even as they only scored 59 off their next nine overs, for the loss of three wickets.

KKR's reply was dramatic.

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The opening pair had been circumspect with Lewis bringing up the first two sixes of the MI innings in the ninth over sent down by leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal.

Karthik and Andre Russell (11 n.o. off 5) batted aggressively to see off the chase with plenty to spare. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs.

Chasing a below par 143, KKR started off well below hitting a mini speed breaker. He opened his account with a flurry of boundaries, but then went 18 deliveries without finding the fence; he focused on singles, strike-rotation and building partnerships. Only JD Unadkat, lower down the batting order crossed the 20-run mark. Jos Buttler has been on a roll this IPL season. When there was the width, he played the cut and found the gap through point. The ball came out off the back of the hand but Binny, unable to pick it up from the hand, was drawn into the drive and missed it completely. Kuldeep Yadav walked away with the Man of the Match Award for delivering his career best of 4 wickets giving away only 20 runs.

The chinaman bowler, who had been going through a lean patch, got his touch back to check the rampaging RR batsmen. His first scalp was that of Rahane, who didn't connect while attempting a reverse sweep and lost his stumps.

The two teams are meeting for the second time in this season of the VIVO IPL, as Kolkata had beaten Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur last month. The Royals needed someone to step up and bowl a tight spell first up, and the Englishman answered the call. Stokes has been managing to contribute notably with the ball too, supporting Archer well in the past few games. Like Animesh, software engineer Rishwav Dasgupta, too, made it to the ground on Tuesday evening, after rushing out of his Sector V office two hours early than usual.

Fantasy Picks: Narine, DK, and Russell every single time.

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