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KKR vs RR, Eliminator at Kolkata, , May 23 2018 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Eliminator (N), Eden Gardens, May 23, 2018, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, T:170) 144/4

KKR won by 25 runs

Player Of The Match
49* (25)
Cricinfo's MVP
87.75 ptsImpact List
Full commentary
end of over 208 runs
RR: 144/4CRR: 7.20 
Krishnappa Gowtham9 (7b 1x4)
Heinrich Klaasen18 (18b 1x4)
Prasidh Krishna 4-0-28-1
Andre Russell 3-0-22-0

10.50pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Only two games now remain before the tournament comes to and. We take a day's break, and return on friday for the second qualifier. Till then, we hope you enjoyed our coverage. On behalf of Shashank Kishore, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off on behalf of the crew. See you.

10.42pm Quite a lot of ups and downs today. Royals looked on course to cruise to the second qualifier, but a strangle from the KKR bowlers have ended their campaign. Time for the presentation now.

Andre Russell is the Man of the Match. "Feels very good," he says. "Been hectic since the Kings XI game. Every game has been a final for us since then, so feel good to contribute. I have a clear head, so if you get a short ball, slower ball, wide ball, you can play accordingly. Have a still base, and make sure you get bat to ball. Once I connect, I know it'll be either a four or a six. I swing hard, and that's what helps the ball to go over the road. It's good to take responsibility with the ball as well. Especially, as a senior player. Just goes to show you're improving. Every game is a final for us, and the home advantage will be good. It's going to be a new game, so need to start afresh."

Dinesh Karthik, the KKR captain. "We were initially under the pump, so good on us to come back," he says. "Credit to Shubman Gill to absorb the pressure. He played some lovely shots. That eased the pressure off me, and then Andre was just special. In these kind of games the score doesn't matter, it's about believing. The par scores don't matter, but just how much you believe. The bowlers have picked their game and have bowled some good balls. Royals do spring a surprise, so you need to hold your nerve and execute your plans. Every game is important this stage. Next game, two good teams competing."

Darshak Trivedi: "In the event of putting kudos KKR's bowling, How can one forget Russell's quick fire contribution to make them defend able target of 169..To me, he is my man of the match."

Karthik K: "In the other end of the World, ChePuj scored a century at a strike rate more than a run a a ball!!! #JustSaying"

Karthik: "I would also like to mention about the umpiring. The wide calls were very poor. There has to be consistency in calling wides, which was absent today. "

DRP: "So the final is sure to be among the BEST vs BEST." -- Whoa slow down, Dhiriranjan. KKR now face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier on 25th May. The winner of that game goes to the final

Vamsi Kagollu: "Rahane is as cool as cucumber...No rude or harsh comments despite losing the match unlike other captains...One of the great human being... Good luck to you Rahane..."

Yadullah: "@sreshth in K.K.R, you are missing the match winner who claimed two wickets and that too, of dangerous Tripathi and classy Samson. Obviously, I'm telling about Piyush Chawla."

10.32pm Handshakes among the KKR boys as Rajasthan Royals congratulate each other for what has been a successful season for them. They're out for the season, but can hold their head high as the season's fourth-best team. To be fair, not many people expected them to come to the Playoffs, so they can be mightly proud of their performance. As someone said, KKR rode on the back of Karthik, Kuldeep and Russell, but take nothing away from young Prasidh Krishna's bowling at the death. It was still pretty close till the end.

Ajinkya Rahane: "Disappointed. The way we started with the ball, especially after that. The dropped catch of Russell hurt. But when you start your chase so well, you generally win the game, but KKR bowled really well and that's disappointed us. I thought the total was gettable, and the partnerships between me and Rahul and me and Sanju were good. But credit to Kuldeep and the spinners. When me and Sanju were batting, we were trying to be positive. I told him to bat deep, but he got out. He tried well. With eight wickets in hand with five overs to go, we should've gotten the job done. Through the season, our bowlers have been great, but we need to improve on our batting for next season."

Avijeet: "Nobody praising Chawla, who bowled so bravely in PowerPlay."

Kuldeep: "Excited. It was a slow wicket, and it was gripping, but later it became good to bat on. We started well, but couldn't get early wickets. The wicket of Rahane was the turning point. Every game is important, and we are now four out of four, so we'll go for it. Yes, we'll probably beat the Sunrisers."

Shravan: "Rahane still not blaming their middle order but crediting KKRs spinners instead. Mature captain for a reason!"

Kashyap: "I feel the absence of Smith in RR is understated when compared to Warner's absence in SRH. RR with Smith, Buttler and Stokes throughout, would've been a serious contender to the title!!"

Prasidh to Gowtham, FOUR runs

top edged over the keeper! But KKR won't mind. The home boys win, and stay alive in IPL 2018! Rajasthan Royals are eliminated.

final ball.

Prasidh to Klaasen, 1 run

yorker on leg stump, and all he can do is bunt it down the ground. Just one ball left

Deepu: "Chill everyone, the better team is winning today! After stokes and buttler left the squad this was bound to happen. RR can be proud of themselves of making it too far"

Prasidh to Gowtham, 1 run

slower ball, but wide outside off. Forces him to reach at it, and all he can do is slice it to first slip

Prasidh to Gowtham, no run

yorker on leg stump, and Gowtham moved to the offside to try and paddle it fine. He misses, and the ball goes down the leg side. They want a wide, but not given. Probably because Gowtham moved around so much

Sandip Sinharay: "What a contrast from yesterday's match! CSK were almost out while chasing, but Faf won them. Here, RR were very much in and then, suddenly, don't-know-what lost them!"

Prasidh to Gowtham, 2 runs

full outside off, and he slices this drive over cover. In the air for a while, but lands safe. Russell at sweeper cover cleans up

Prasidh to Gowtham, no run

full outside off, and Gowtham misses the big attempted slog! He expected the ball to angle in, but it held its line. KKR are through if Krishna can bowl five legal deliveries

Prasidh to bowl the final over.

end of over 196 runs
RR: 136/4CRR: 7.15 RRR: 34.00
Heinrich Klaasen17 (17b 1x4)
Krishnappa Gowtham2 (2b)
Andre Russell 3-0-22-0
Prasidh Krishna 3-0-20-1

Shishank dahiya: "If RR lose this, people will again put the blame on Rahane, but in reality the blame lies in the middle order somewhere. In a chase even Lynn plays a similar for KKR by playing a slow but a solid match defining innings as in his case there is always a DK or a Russel to up the rate. "

Tejas B Shah: "RR made the mistake of having no middle order!! now paying for it. Too many parts and bits players - Binny, Gowtham, Archer - They are missing their english imports : Butler and Stokes. Just poor team mamangement."

Russell to Klaasen, no run

short! And the umpire says 'dot ball!' Klaasen ain't happy, but the cal stands. He did try to pull, but was nowhere near the shot. Royals need 34 off the final over

Russell to Klaasen, 2 runs

low full toss on middle, and that's been muscled to the man at cow corner. They're swinging hard, but just not connecting. One ball to go...

Russell to Gowtham, 1 run

good length on off, and the batsman cannot connect with the pull! The delivery takes some extra bounce, and hits him above his waist

Russell to Klaasen, 1 run

full on off, and he backs away to drive it over cover. He can only play it along the ground to long off

Russell to Gowtham, 1 run

yorker on off, and the drive takes the bat's outside edge. It's running down to third man, but the fielders gets behind the ball

It's going to be yorkers all the way based on this field. Or is that a double bluff?

Russell to Klaasen, 1 run

full on middle and leg, and Klaasen goes for the big shot. Misses the slog, as the ball comes off the bat's inside half

Royals need 40 off 12. Gowtham's here. And it's Russell to bowl. Third man, sweeper, fine leg, deep midwicket. Long-off, long-on

Dikshit Chhabra: "Before anyone could do it, I think Shane Warne has jinxed RR by saying see you at the finals "

Ashok: "As a Karnataka fan, I can't decide if I should support the Kannada boys in RR or KKR "

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 130/4CRR: 7.22 RRR: 20.00
Heinrich Klaasen13 (13b 1x4)
Prasidh Krishna 3-0-20-1
Piyush Chawla 4-0-24-2
Prasidh to Binny, OUT

swept to square leg! Just three off the over. It was a dipping slower ball on off, and Binny tried to sweep. Plays it eventually with one hand, and it's completely out of control. Sliced to Lynn

Stuart Binny c Lynn b Prasidh Krishna 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Mustafa Moudi: "If KKR wins today it will be because of K-K-R - Karthik, Kuldeep & Russell !!"

Prasidh to Binny, no run

banged in short outside off, but he misses the pull! Two dots in a row. Binny was through his shot way too early

Prasidh to Binny, no run

yorker, wide outside of. Binny tries to stick his bat out and glance it square, but he can't connect. Huuuuge roar at the Eden, says Varun!

Prasidh to Klaasen, 1 run

overpitched on leg stump, and that's been driven inside out to Narine at mid off

They're clapping for Prasidh every time he's at the top of his mark. Uthappa is in his ear from he's mid-off. Third man's gone back.

Prasidh to Klaasen, 2 runs

good length just outside off, and he mistimes a slog towards deep midwicket. He gets the second because of the poor timing

Prasidh to Klaasen, no run

starts off with the slower ball! Lands just inside the tram-lines and Klaasen can't connect with the attempted heave over cover. Ooo, close. Could've easily been called a wide

Prasidh Krishna returns. Figures of 2-17 so far. An orthodox field. Square leg in, fine leg out

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 127/3CRR: 7.47 RRR: 14.33
Heinrich Klaasen10 (10b 1x4)
Stuart Binny0 (0b)
Piyush Chawla 4-0-24-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-39-0
Chawla to Klaasen, 1 run

good length outside off, and spinning into him. Punched off the back foot to long on for a walking single

Stuart Binny coming in next.... Should Royals have sent in Gowtham instead? By the way, not many know but Sanju Samson first was part of KKR's winning squad in 2012.

Chawla to Samson, OUT

in the air! And "hear that roar", says Varun from the Eden Gardens! Searles holds on at long on and the crowd goes ballistic. It was full on off, and he went for the pull once again. This time he can only slice it, and that brings an end to Samson's innings

Sanju Samson c Scantlebury-Searles b Chawla 50 (38b 4x4 2x6) SR: 131.57

Sunil Narine has not had the best of times at the playoffs in the IPL - 28 overs, 3 wickets at 7.60 ER and SR of 56.

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