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IPL 2018: KKR vs RR Preview

16 May 2018

"He's (Kuldeep Yadav) an global quality player. sometimes he slacks off, bowls a bad ball, trying too much so I'm just trying to make him do as well as he can and stay consistent".

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers staged a great comeback in the home match to restrict Rajasthan Royals (RR) to 142 runs in 19 overs in Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) at the Eden Gardens ground here on Tuesday. With this win, Kolkata are well and truly alive, having collected 14 points from 13 games, while Rajasthan's playoff hopes have become a lot more uncertain as they remain on 12 points from 13 games.

Coming to the hosts, Dinesh Karthik and Co. bounced back in style after succumbing to a 102-run defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians.

Rajasthan made the mistake of starting with spin with Narine on strike.

Stokes (3-15) picked up three wickets in the Kolkata innings during an excellent four-over spell, making Sunil Narine his first victim after the Trinidadian (21 off 6) had blazed all of his runs off Krishnappa Gowtham in the first over - Narine even launching a six over midwicket first ball.

However, that was meant to be it for Narine as Stokes came in the next over, put up a short delivery towards Narine and the catch fell to Gowtham.

From there, Lynn and Nitish Rana struck a decent partnership before Ish Sodhi broke the partnership trapping Rana lbw.

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It could be a battle between the spinners of KKR and the pacers of RR. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs. Karthik's finishing six took him to an unbeaten 31-ball 41. Even though they lost the wicket of Robin Uthappa after the dismissal of Narine, they did not panic.

In the previous match, Kolkata Knight Riders has recovered from consecutive losses and the squad have posted the season's highest total and defeated Kings XI Punjab record. He took 15 balls and laced his inning with 4 fours and a six.

Russell provided the first breakthrough when Tripathi feathered a nick to the wicketkeeper, trying to hook a well-directed short ball.

Rahane, whose ability to raise the tempo is facing increasing scrutiny outside of the powerplay, found himself stuck again, so much that he attempted a cheeky reverse-sweep off Kuldeep, only to find the ball dipping under the bat and knocking over the stumps.

Buttler, however, ended up top scoring for his side with 39 to his name in 22 deliveries. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11) and Sanju Samson (12) failed to continue the momentum in the middle order. Ben Stokes continued his poor run with the bat as he went back after adding 11 runs off 13 balls without any boundaries.

Mavi did a lot better in his comeback over, conceding just three runs and bouncing out the risky Gowtham (3 off 5).

IPL 2018: KKR vs RR Preview