Result
15th match (N), Indian Premier League at Jaipur, Apr 18 2018
18.5/20 ov, target 161
163/3
KKR won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Kolkata Knight Riders
Match centre 
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals160/8(20 overs)
Kolkata Knight Riders163/3(18.5 overs)
end of over 1912 runs
KKR: 163/3CRR: 8.65 
Dinesh Karthik42 (23)
Nitish Rana35 (27)
Ben Laughlin3.5-0-37-0
Ben Stokes3-0-25-0

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."

end of over 189 runs
KKR: 151/3CRR: 8.38 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 from 12b
Nitish Rana31 (24)
Dinesh Karthik35 (21)
Ben Stokes3-0-25-0
Jaydev Unadkat3-0-34-0
17.6
1
Stokes to Rana, 1 run
back of a length on off stump, Rana dabs it down to third man. He moved away from his stumps initially, then shuffled across them again to get close to the line
17.5
Stokes to Rana, no run
goes wide of the crease and angles a bouncer into the stumps. Carries at shoulder height to Buttler after Rana makes room and fails to connect with his uppercut
17.4
1
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run
back of a length close to off stump, opens his bat face and dabs gently towards short third man
17.3
4
Stokes to Karthik, FOUR runs
and he sends down a stump-high full-toss outside off stump. A misdirected yorker. Karthik carves it away square, a long way to the left of the only man on the off-side boundary

Manpho Pavillio: "DreRuss is resting even though he is in playing 11"

Fine leg goes back, third man comes in. Only one man deep on the off side, at sweeper cover.

17.2
2
Stokes to Karthik, 2 runs
back of a length, angling into the body, whipped away to the left of deep backward square leg

Rahul Oak: "Rana has ended up looking a genuine contender for the Indian middle order slot in limited overs. Seems fairly well organized, good temperament and can chip in a few overs too. One to watch out for!"

17.1
1
Stokes to Rana, 1 run
short, angling into off stump. Rana moves across to play a short-arm jab out to deep square leg

Stokes, from round the wicket.

end of over 1716 runs
KKR: 142/3CRR: 8.35 • RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Nitish Rana29 (21)
Dinesh Karthik28 (18)
Jaydev Unadkat3-0-34-0
Ben Laughlin3-0-25-0
16.6
1
Unadkat to Rana, 1 run
slower ball on middle and off, fairly full. Lets it come and opens his bat face to steer to deep point
16.5
6
Unadkat to Rana, SIX runs
shot. Unadkat looks for the off-stump yorker this time and doesn't miss his length by much. But Rana takes a big step back into his crease to create some swinging room, and simply lifts it over mid-off
16.4
1
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run
back of a length, angled across to off stump, punched to deep point
16.3
6
Unadkat to Karthik, SIX runs
short on middle and leg, and Karthik steps across and pulls it over the backward square leg boundary - picks out the short boundary on that side, and clears it despite only managing a 64m hit. Didn't look to hit it too hard, just helped it and found the gap to the right of deep square leg
16.2
1
Unadkat to Rana, 1 run
in the blockhole close to off stump, looks to make room to drive through the covers, ends up squeezing it down to long-on instead, off the inside half of the bat
16.1
1
Unadkat to Karthik, 1 run
down the track to the ball angled across to off stump, and clips it deliberately in the air, one bounce to Stokes at deep midwicket

Unadkat to continue.

The final time-out of the game will be taken with KKR needing 35 off four overs.

Tariq: "I wonder if KKR is starting to get into a shell now. Long time since the last boundary. And the scoring rate has dropped." -- These two have certainly cut out the risks for the last few overs (16 off the last three, with no boundaries), but KKR remain in control of the required rate for now. One quiet over could make things interesting, of course.

Best performances - batsmen
RV Uthappa
48 runs (36)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
pull
11 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
5404010520
DJM Short
44 runs (43)
5 fours
1 sixes
Control64%
Productive shot
pull
12 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
904135381
Best performances - bowlers
N Rana
O
2
M
0
R
11
W
2
Eco
5.50
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
TK Curran
O
2
M
0
R
19
W
2
Eco
9.50
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossKolkata Knight Riders , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Nitish Rana
Season2018
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20
Match days18 April 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Abhijit Deshmukh
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
Krishnaraj Srinath
Match Referee
Manu Nayyar
PointsKolkata Knight Riders 2, Rajasthan Royals 0