20 | 12 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 169/7 | RR: 8.45

  • Andre Russell49 (25b)
  • Piyush Chawla0 (0b)
  • Ben Laughlin3-0-35-2
  • Jofra Archer4-0-33-2

8.52pm And out run the KKR boys. Tripathi walks out with Rahane. Dre Russ to open the bowling.

Prax: "@Nitin Kumbhar, Klassen is also a good choice to open the innings"

Zuch: "Its a score which both bowling and batting teams would have taken at the start of the match considering the pitch and the big stage. "

8.48pm Nitin Kumbhar: "It will be interesting to see who will open the innings for RR along with Tripathi? Rahane, Archer or they will send a new partner today? If you ask me, I want to see Gowtham at the top.. give him the license.. a quick 30-40 will change the momentum back in RR favor!"

Tushar: "Stage is set for Royals.. no stupid stuff needed now, play it simple, keep wickets in hand till first 15 overs with RR around 7-8, and they should comfortably get there, no panic or risky shots needed. Go Royals!"

Dhaval : "Dre Russ is special. Not because of the big hitting. Because he's served a year ban and have came back stronger against the best. Hope the same happens to Smith and Warner."

8.40pm At 51 for 4 when Chris Lynn fell, KKR would've gladly taken 169. That's been made possible courtesy two big knocks: first from Dinesh Karthik, who injected momentum in the middle overs to set it up for Andre Russell. Don't forget the small contribution of Shubman Gill too. The last eight went for 93 and will sure give Royals a few creases. But worry not, we're in for a cracker.

Shubman Gill: My team needed that contribution, think I played my part. We planned to take singles and hit the loose ball for boundaries. The wicket was touch slower, partnership was the need of the hour. This is a good total to fight with. Spin was a bit harder because the legspinners got it to grip. Russell is a beast, he always does it for us. I think we've got enough runs, we'll give good memories for the crowd.

Laughlin to Russell, 1 run, yorker, squeezed to the off side as they scamper a single. Russell finishes on 49.

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

1st47AM RahaneRA Tripathi
2nd62AM RahaneSV Samson
3rd17SV SamsonH Klaasen
4th4STR BinnyH Klaasen
5th14K GowthamH Klaasen