Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Vivo IPL Live Score, KKR vs RR: Kolkata Face Rajasthan In Battle For Playoffs

Vivo IPL Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) Live Score: Kolkata Knight Riders with encounter it out with Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens in a battle for a playoff spot.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR host Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata as both teams plan to gain an advantage in the race for the Vivo IPL 2018 playoffs. Both KKR and RR are on twelve points and both teams have 2 matches remaining. A loss for either team could be terrible in their bid to reach the playoffs with the likes of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) not too far behind. While KKR have been incompatible throughout Vivo IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals have gathered some energy in the last few matches with Jos Buttler leading the team's charge.

Live Scorecard
Rajasthan Royals          vs         Kolkata Knight Riders
142 (19)                                    145/4 (18)

KKR Beat RR By 6 Wickets

Rajasthan Royals

Kolkata Knight Riders

After back to back defeats, KKR bounced back with a bang in their earlier match, posting the fourth highest total of the Vivo IPL -- 245/6 -- to down Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs. From being on the verge of exclusion, RR too have returned to the reckoning with a hat trick of wins, thanks to the superior form of Buttler who was adjudged man of the match in all the 3 victories. The Rajasthan Royals opener struck an unbeaten 94 to seal an easy 7 wicket win over Mumbai Indians(MI). This was the English wicketkeeper batsman's 5th consecutive half-century -- an IPL record jointly held with Virender Sehwag.

Vivo IPL 2018 Live updates of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) match, Live from Eden Gardens, Kolkata

His scores in the last 5 innings read 67, 51, 82, 95 not out, 94 not out and Butler along with all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has played in different positions in the batting order, will be the 2 major threats for KKR. Half of KKR's battle will be won if the Dinesh Karthik led side can dismiss the English duo cheaply. The skipper will plan to go all out with their spin bother to exploit their weakness. That skipper Ajinkya Rahane is in the centre of a lean patch will augur well for the KKR team who will look to finish their last home match of the round robin league on a high.

With the Eden Gardens slated to host Eliminator and Playoff 2, Kolkata Knight Riders may have a chance to play again at home if they can finish in 3rd or 4th position in the vivo IPL 2018 points table. KKR batting look a force with the likes of Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and youngster Shubman Gill -- all in fine form. Narine slammed 75 off 36 balls, while Karthik smashed a 23-ball 50 in their big total in Indore.

With his exploits with both bat and ball, Narine has emerged as the most precious player for KKR and the Trinidadian will once again look to play a key role. Narine's battle with Buttler will be one of the key contests of the game. Skipper Karthik has gently done his job in the batting and averages a healthy 46.37 (371 runs) and he too will eye a good show with the bat. Nothing much separates the teams in terms of head to head (7-7) count and it seems another mouth-watering contest might be on the cards.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi.


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