308dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Kuldeep, Chawla, Rana lift KKR to top of table

Spin limited Rajasthan Royals to 160 and an aggressive batting approach then helped Kolkata Knight Riders chase down their target with six balls remaining

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RV Uthappa
48(36) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 4 0 4 0 10 5 20
DJM Short
44(43) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
9 0 4 13 5 3 8 1

Best performances - Bowlers

N Rana
O2
M0
R11
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TK Curran
O2
M0
R19
W2
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

11.42pm Another convincing win for KKR - it moves them to the top of the points table. Still early stages of the tournament, of course, but they're already making a statement about how good they are. Tomorrow we will have Kings XI Punjab against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Be sure to join us for that. Until then, good night!

Nitish Rana gets the Man of the Match award, for the second match in a row. "I bowl regularly in the nets, and also in domestic cricket," he says. "Both games were very important for us, I backed myself both times, and luckily I won man of the match in both games. It's such a big platform, you don't get loose balls that often, so you have to convert all of them. Which is why I got a little angry with myself when I missed out on a few."

Dinesh Karthik: "It feels good to get two wins on the trot. Slowly things are falling in a good direction. It feels that the wristspinners are a little harder to pick, and that the fast bowlers would come onto the bat. Which is why we bowled them at the start. The way Robin batted was fantastic, he set the tone for us, and it was good to see Nitish bat through for us. The only thing I would tell a player like that is be consistent through a long tournament like this, which I'm sure he's looking forward to doing."

Azee: "Yesterday M Siraj was under tight scrutiny by Cricinfo readers for all the right reasons. But I'm amazed that how Unadkat is escaping from any kind of assessment for his mediocre performances despite fetching a huge auction fee. Why is he so expensive? Enlighten us." -- It happens, it's T20. Sometimes you can go for runs despite not bowling particularly badly. Still early in the season too. Today, skiddy pitch, his slower balls - which are his major strength - weren't really gripping, and he ended up looking a little one-dimensional.

Ajinkya Rahane: "I thought we were 15-20 short. Game 1 there was pretty good bounce. This wicket was on the slower side, it was keeping a bit low. But no complaints. I was batting well, and it was my responsibility to carry on from there. As I said, 15-20 runs short. I felt our intensity was a little bit down today. I just wanted to back my players [when asked about retaining the same XI]."

Piyush Chawla [he's not the MoM]: "Not easy bowling 2-3 overs in the Powerplay, but at the moment I'm enjoying it. As a legspinner I'm always trying to pick up wickets. We are fortunate to have three quality spinners, and if we bowl well in tandem, we can definitely restrict the opposition to 160-170."

11.24pm KKR have won with an over to spare, and ended Royals' winning streak at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. They've dominated this match from start to finish, except for one small period when Ajinkya Rahane went after their bowlers. Their spinners set up this win, bowling 14 of their 20 overs, and Nitish Rana, who chipped in with two wickets, is unbeaten at the end on 35. A candidate for MoM, perhaps? I'd still give it to Piyush Chawla, though, considering how well he tied up D'Arcy Short early on.

18.5
6
Laughlin to Karthik, SIX runs, and that is that. Gets a full ball from Laughlin, just outside off, and he clears his front leg and launches the winning hit high into the Jaipur sky, well beyond the long-on boundary
18.4
1
Laughlin to Rana, 1 run, slower short ball outside off. Makes a bit too much room, ends up having to reach for it, at shoulder height that too, and chops it down towards point
18.3
1
Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball, full outside off, whipped wristily down to long-on
18.2
1
Laughlin to Rana, 1 run, slower ball on leg stump. Was he looking to chip that towards long-off? Maybe. Ends up miscuing it, driving it on the bounce to long-on instead
18.2
1w
Laughlin to Rana, 1 wide, full, well down the leg side, Rana misses the attempted swipe over short fine
18.1
2
Laughlin to Rana, 2 runs, full on middle stump, makes room to drive to the right of long-off. KKR have picked up a million twos today

Ankan: "@Rahul Don't forget Rana took a fantastic catch at slip the other day. If he can take catches like that - he can solve one of the problem for India at slip"

Sarvesh: "@Rahul, Indian selectors have made it clear that IPL performance won't guarantee a spot in the Indian team . Unless someone has a breakout season, I don't see it changing. So Rana still has a long way to go."

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1SP NarineCA Lynn
2nd69RV UthappaSP Narine
3rd32RV UthappaN Rana
4th61KD KarthikN Rana