Highlights, IPL 2019, RR vs KKR Match 21: Chris Lynn (50 off 32) and Sunil Narine (47 off 25) starred in Kolkata Knight Riders’ thumping eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday. Chasing a modest target of 140, Lynn and Narine took the Rajasthan bowlers to the cleaners as the duo forged a 91-run opening stand to help Kolkata register a comfortable victory with as many as 37 balls to spare. Lynn and Narine started the proceedings with a bang as Kolkata raced to 22/0 in the first two overs. Nothing seemed to be going right for Rajasthan, as Rahul Tripathi dropped Narine at point off Dhawal Kulkarni in the fourth over. In the next delivery, Lynn got an inside edge that hit the stumps but didn’t dislodge the bails before racing to the fine leg boundary. There was no looking back for the Kolkata openers who sent the Rajasthan fielders on a leather hunt all over the park. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, RR vs KKR MATCH 21 in JAIPUR
22.51 IST: Wide! And it ends in a rather anti-climatic manner, but the victory was always going to come. KOLKATA WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND 37 BALLS REMAINING! Stokes angles this down the leg side as Gill fails to flick. The umpire signals a wide. Kolkata Knight Riders (140/2 in 13.5 overs) beat Rajasthan Royals (139/3) by 8 wickets at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Lynn 60, Narine 47, Gopal 2/35
22.45 IST: SIX! Straight as an arrow. Tossed right up there, in the slot, Uthappa plants his front foot forward, gets close to the pitch and smokes it back over the bowler’s head. It’s a flat hit and that’s one more biggie for Kolkata. They’re inching towards victory here. Kolkata 133/2 in 13 overs, need 7 runs to win vs Rajasthan (139/3)
22.43 IST: SIX! A poor ball and it’s been duly punished by Uthappa. Half-tracker in line of the stumps, Robbie goes deep inside the crease and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a biggie.
22.38 IST: OUT! Shreyas Gopal removes Chris Lynn for 50. He’s more or less finished the job here. Gopal floats it up in line of the stumps, the Australian openers kneels down and brings out the slog sweep again. Is in no control of it this time as it lobs over towards fine leg. Midhun from the deep comes running in and takes a simple catch. Kolkata Knight Riders 115/2 in 11 overs, need 25 runs to win vs Rajasthan Royals (139/3)
22.35 IST: SIX! Chris Lynn smashes 7th half-century in IPL. Go fetch that, says Chris Lynn! This is right off the meat. Loopy and full outside off, Lynn moves a step across and nails the slog sweep to perfection. Sends it into the deep mid-wicket stands for a maximum. Kolkata Knight Riders 112/1 in 10.2 overs, need 28 runs to win vs Rajasthan Royals (139/3)
22.33 IST: FOUR! A boundary this time. Tripathi can’t stop it. Lynn sees it turning away from him, so he cuts it off the outer half past short third man. KKR 104/1 in 9.5 overs, need 36 runs to win vs RR (139/3)
22.31 IST: FOUR! Shot. This is all about the timing. The placement is good too. Tossed up leg break outside off, Uthappa drives it neatly through the gap in the covers and bisects the two men in the deep to find the fence.
22.28 IST: OUT! Shreyas Gopal removes Sunil Narine for 47. Gopal picks up the first wicket. Breaks this brisk 91-run stand beautifully. Fools Narine with the wrong ‘un, there’s some extra bounce on this one. Narine backs away to cut but gets an edge to Smith at first slip, who takes a sharp catch. A little too late though? Kolkata only need 49 to win off 69 balls. Kolkata Knight Riders 91/1 in 8.3 overs, need 49 runs to win vs Rajasthan Royals (139/3)
22.25 IST: SIX! That’s outta here! The boundaries are big here, but not enough it seems for Chris Lynn. He clears the fence once more. Tossed up on middle and leg, there’s no room for the ball to turn. Lynn gets low and slog sweeps it over the square leg boundary.
22.23 IST: SIX! Flighted on middle, Narine smokes it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. Kolkata 84/0 in 8 overs, need 56 runs to win vs Rajasthan (139/3)
22.21 IST: SIX! Midhun now gets the taste of Narine’s medicine. Tossed up on middle, Narine gets on one knee and smokes this over mid-wicket for a maximum
22.10 IST: SIX! The fifty comes up for Kolkata in no time at all. Lynn gives the charge to Archer and flat bats this down the ground. It’s on a back of a length, but he connects well and clears long on with ease.
22.02 IST: FOUR! Boundary to end the over and a super expensive over from Gowtham. 22 off it. Straighter on off, Narine slams it over covers for a boundary. Kolkata are off to a flyer. Kolkata 32/0 in 2 overs, need 108 runs vs Rajasthan (139/3)
21.58 IST: FOUR! Narine is taking Gowtham to the cleaners. Tossed up on middle, Narine smacks it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
21.56 IST: SIX! Narine takes the aerial route and sends this one sailing into the crowd. Flighted on leg, Narine takes his front leg off the line and smacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. KKR 20/0 in 1.2 overs, need 120 runs to win vs RR (139/3)
21.53 IST: FOUR! This is much better than the previous boundary. Back of a length ball around off, Lynn smacks it through cover for a boundary.
21.51 IST: FOUR! Lucky way to get the chase underway but Kolkata will take it. Good length ball on middle, Lynn looks to play it across with flat-bat but gets an inside edge. Luckily it does not chop on to the stump and goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Kolkata Knight Riders 4/0 in 0.3 overs, need 136 runs to win vs Rajasthan Royals (139/3)
21.47 IST: We are back for the chase. Out walk the opening pair of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn for Kolkata. Rajasthan to start with pace. Rajasthan to start with pace. Dhawal Kulkarni to start with the new ball.
21.33 IST: FOUR! Superbly placed! Gurney delivers a full ball outside off, Smith brings down an angled bat and finds the gap between short third man and backward point. Rajasthan Royals 139/3 in 20 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
21.25 IST: EDGY FOUR! A yorker wide outside off, Smith reaches out for it and the ball takes the toe end of the bat before racing past the diving keeper for a boundary at third man.
21.22 IST: SIX! Humongous! Enough of attempting sweep shots. This time Steven Smith wears his skates and runs down the track in a flash. He opts to go with the spin and launches it over wide long on for a maximum. Take that for a hit! Rajasthan Royals 119/3 in 18 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
21.17 IST: NOT OUT! An off spinner on middle and turning back in a bit, Smith kneels down to play the sweep shot but misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal but the umpire remains unmoved. Narine and Karthik consult before taking the review but the replays show that it’s clipping leg and the on-field call will stay.
21.15 IST: Shout for an lbw! Not given and Kolkata have taken it upstairs. DRS time, folks.
21.11 IST: OUT! Gurney gets his second wicket, Tripathi departs for 6! A very good delivery, nicely deceiving the batsman with a slower length ball outside off at 114.8 kph. Tripathi hangs back inside the crease to play the lofted shot over extra cover but ends up towering it in the air. Chawla makes no mistake inside the ring. Brilliant debut so far for the English boy.2
21.06 IST: FIFTY! Steve Smith smashes a much-needed half-century for Rajasthan. His 6th in this League. Prasidh Krishna attempts a slower short delivery but loses his radar completely. Serves it down the leg side and the Aussie pulls it mercilessly past the short fine leg fielder. The dugout is on its feet. Superb knock by Smith given the way this match has panned out. But can he finish it well for Rajasthan? RR 103/2 in 15 overs vs KKR
21.04 IST: FOUR! Fine timing and placement! A little bit of width outside off, Smith goes deep inside the crease and nicely opens the face of his blade to steer it past the point fielder. The third man fielder gives the chase but gives up quite easily. Could have attempted to put a dive there. Rajasthan 97/2 in 14.4 overs vs Kolkata
20.51 IST: OUT! Harry Gurney removes Jos Buttler for 37. Finds the fielder with surgical precision. A length delivery around off, Buttler attempts to heave it across the line but is a bit early into his shot. The ball catches the toe end of his blade and flies to deep mid-wicket. Shubman Gill doesn’t have to move an inch as he settles himself near the fence and takes the catch with utmost ease. A ‘slowish’ knock from Jos Buttler comes to an end along with the 72-run stand. Maiden wicket in the League for Harry Gurney. Rajasthan Royals 77/2 in 11.5 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
20.49 IST: SIX! Terrific strike from Jos Buttler! The length is on the shorter side around leg, the Englishman swivels on the back foot and pulls it massively over square leg for a biggie.
20.47 IST: FOUR! This is cheeky, really cheeky from Jos Buttler. He fetches a delivery from outside leg and nails his reverse-batted shot through backward point. RR 65/1 in 10.4 overs vs KKR
20.42 IST: Fifty-run stand between Jos Buttler and Steve Smith, Royals need to get a move on here. Back of a length ball on off, Buttler strokes it to mid off and takes a single. Rajasthan 56/1 in 10 overs vs Kolkata
20.36 IST: FOUR! Swept and swept hard. Flighted on middle, Smith gets on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Rajasthan Royals 53/1 in 9 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
20.33 IST: FOUR! The connection on that one was sweet. Flighted on middle, Buttler brings out the reverse sweep and times it beautifully through point for a boundary. RR 47/1 in 8.2 overs vs KKR
20.25 IST: Calm before the storm!
20.19 IST: FOUR! That’s a very clever shot from Jos Buttler. You expect that from him to be honest. The Englishman moves across his sticks early, anticipating the length delivery around off, and scoops it over short fine leg. Another boundary to his name. Rajasthan 23/1 in 4 overs vs Kolkata
20.17 IST: FOUR! That’s nicely played. The outfield is quick and so once it’s past the inner circle, it’s always going to run away. A little too straight in line, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket and finds the fence. Rajasthan Royals 16/1 in 3.3 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
20.12 IST: FOUR! There is very little margin for error while bowling in the Powerplay, especially to Buttler. Googly from Chahal. It is short on middle and leg, Buttler whips it through square leg for a boundary.
20.07 IST: OUT! Prasidh Krishna removes Ajinkya Rahane for 5. That’s dead plumb. Walks over to Buttler to ask him whether the review should be taken and he says no. Rajasthan lose their first and it’s the skipper. Krishna bowls a length ball in line of the stumps, Rahane looks to work it across the line but fails to connect. Is caught on the pads and a loud appeal goes up. The umpire’s finger follows. Krishna strikes immediately. Royals 5/1 in 1.2 overs vs KKR
20.03 IST: FOUR! Rahane is off the mark in style and so are Rajasthan. Tossed up on off and middle, Rahane gets on one knee and sweeps it over mid-wicket. The ball bounces just inside the ropes and goes for a boundary. Rajasthan Royals 4/0 in 0.4 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
19.57 IST: Out walk the umpires and players. The Kolkata players are out and in their fielding positions. The opening pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler are out in the middle for Rajasthan. Kolkata to start with spin. Piyush Chawla to begin proceedings with the new ball.
19.45 IST: Ajinkya Rahane – We have played three games in five days, we won against RCB and looking forward to this match. We were batting first, we need to play well against a team like KKR. We have to be aggressive against him (Russell) and bowl good line and lengths. Prashant Chopra and Midhun are in, Binny and Aaron miss out.
Dinesh Karthik – We will bowl first. The wicket looks good, will hold good for 40 overs, we would like to chase. We just need to keep the spirits high in the camp, the expectation on the team is always there, a score around 140 should be a par score. One change for us, Harry Gurney replaces Lockie Ferguson.
19.41 IST: Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI) – Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), 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 (wk/C), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
19.32 IST: TOSS – Dinesh Karthik wins toss as Kolkata Knight Riders opt to field vs Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
19.25 IST: Jaydev Unadkat has been expensive, and not just in the auctions. In fact, RR have been guilty of hiding him on the field for at least the first 12 overs and only once he has been bowled out.
19.15 IST: “We keep putting him in tough situations and he keeps lifting his game. He is just too good..” – Chris Lynn about Russell’s super-human abilities.
19.00 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 21 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders from Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Brief Preview: Following their stellar show against Bangalore on Friday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will visit the Rajasthan Royals in the match 21 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. KKR’s Andre Russell showcased why he is one of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball – His 13-ball 48* helped Kolkata beat Bangalore by five wickets. The Carribean’s knock was laced with seven humungous sixes and he will look to emulate the performance against Rajasthan Royals. The visitors will also be brimming with confidence with their batsmen Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Shubhman Gill in top form. Rajasthan bowlers Jofra Archer, Jaidev Unadkat and Ben Stokes have leaked runs in the death overs. They will have to rethink their strategy after Russell’s sensational display of power hitting (48 off 13 balls) against Royal Challengers Bangalore. (READ FULL PREVIEW – MATCH 21)
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, K C Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.