KKR beat RR by 25 runs | Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Live Cricket Score Eliminator T20 Match

Indian Premier League, 2018

Date: May 23, 2018 Start Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
KKR
169/7 Overs: 20.0
RR
144/4 Overs: 20.0
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Live Cricket Score - Eliminator T20 Match - Summary

End of Over : 20.0 RR: 144/4

Hyderabad now have their opponents. They will be facing Kolkata in Qualifier 2 on 25th May at 1900 local (1330 GMT) at Eden Gardens. The task won't be an easy one by any means for Kane Williamson and his merry men, given they will be facing Kolkata in their backyard. Rajasthan crash out, but they will feel proud for having got this far without key players. They will try to come back stronger next time. Anyway, join us on Friday, to find out who joins Chennai in the final. Later!

19.6 4

FOUR! Boundary to finish the innings. Gowtham pulls this short ball across the fine leg fence, but it won't matter. KOLKATA WIN BY 25 RUNS! A comprehensive victory in the end for the hosts, did quite well with the ball.

19.5 1

Yorker fired in on the stumps, drilled to long on for a run.

19.4 1

Well-disguised slower one, full outside off, Gowtham is low to swing across the line but ends up spooning it off the splice just in front of short third man. Single taken.

19.3 0

Not a wide called. Krishnappa walks a step across as Krishna slips it down the leg side. The umpire remains unmoved for some reason.

19.2 2

Aiming the base of off stump, lofted over the cover region for a double.

19.1 0

Length delivery in the channel outside off, Gowtham winds up to go big downtown but fails to connect. All but over now, it seems.

End of Over : 19 6 Runs RR: 136/4
18.6 0

Short ball in line of the stumps, a big pull and a miss from the batsman. 34 off the final over. Rajasthan need 6 maximums to win this.

18.5 2

Klaasen has flicked the ball off his pads. They manage to come back for the second.

18.4 1

Four singles off four deliveries. Dre Russ feels no pressure, does he? Terrific bowling, this. Angles in a length delivery on middle and leg, Gowtham swings and gets it off the inner portion first onto his pads, then in front of mid-wicket for a run.

18.3 1

Keeps it full again, close to off, it's smacked down towards wide long off for another one.

18.2 1

Two off the first two. Full on off stump, Gowtham drives this off the outer half behind point and takes one.

18.1 1

Just the one. Full just outside off, Klaasen throws everything he has at it, only to get an inside edge to Lynn at backward square leg. One run taken.

Summary

Following a cracking first play-off match of the 11the edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between two-time winners Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the attention will now switch to the Eliminator where resurgent Rajasthan Royals will come up against `home favourite` Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. KKR have had an excellent IPL campaign this year as they won eight of their 14 group stages match, including their last three matches to storm into the playoffs.

The Dinesh Karthik-led side defeated table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in their last league fixture of the IPL season. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, once had just three wins in hand and were placed at the bottom of the table following their ninth IPL match.

However, Rajasthan rebounded strongly and rode on England batsman Jos Buttler's three consecutive match-winning knocks to finish the group stage at the fourth spot.

But, Rajasthan would head into the match without the services of England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who have flown back to England to fulfill national duties.

While the winner of this match will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on May 25 for a place in the finals, it will end of the IPL journey for the IPL team that loses this match.

A plenty of trial by spin can be expected in this contest as the two sides consist of outstanding spinners.

KKR's Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla, as well as RR's K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal, have dismissed many opponents this season. However, KKR have been the most productive as far as the team with the best spin bowling attack in the 2018 IPL is concerned, with their spinners having bagged a total of 45 wickets.

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