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43rd Match (N), Kolkata, Apr 25 2019, Indian Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, target 176)177/7
Royals won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match
Varun Aaron
Rajasthan Royals
1:20
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• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Dinesh Karthik's 97* in vain after Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer's late fireworks

Chasing 176, Rajasthan Royals slipped to 123 for six before their seventh-wicket pair turned the tide with a partnership of 44 in 21 balls

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Scorecard summary
Kolkata Knight Riders175/6(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals177/7(19.2 overs)

Our live post-match show is still on. Head over there to see discussions on Karthik's fabulous innings, Riyan's unreal calm and the wonder that is Jofra Archer. Not to forget Varun Aaron's amazing comeback. Meanwhile, it's goodbye from all of us here.

12.06am Varun Aaron is the Man of the Match. "Everything is fine (with my leg). Got resolved in half hour, just cramps. I had a viral for the past three days and I'm just recovering from that. I felt I sweated extra and body just got dehydrated. I always believe in myself. I felt that the one over I bowled in the previous game, I didn't do too much wrong in that. I was looking forward to make the most of my opportunity when I got a chance. I'm feeling good. All I want to do is play for the country and win matches."

12.04am Steven Smith: We certainly made it difficult for ourselves, lost too many wickets in clumps through that middle section after a good start. Riyan Parag, isn't he an impressive young man? And some great contributions from Archer and Gopal too. I thought they (KKR) bowled really well in the Powerplay. We saw a bit of grass on the wicket and thought we'd let the quicks go at them. I thought Oshane did a great job on IPL debut, and Varun Aaron was outstanding. I guess the first five or six games we weren't able to get over the line in those close ones. And when you do that it sort of makes your season, and if you don't it can break your season. Jofra and Stokesy are off tonight, so two big holes to fill. I'm here for 13 games.

12.02am: So it's a sixth consecutive defeat for Knight Riders, and now all of RCB, KKR and Royals are on eight points each. Presentation time now.

11.56pm: Steven Smith on the sensational Riyan Parag five days ago when he made 43 off 29 against Mumbai: "I think he's 17. But yeah, he's terrific young kid, He works really hard. He's a fit young kid. He's a strong young kid. The way he batted, even in the first game that he played, he probably taught a lot to the experienced players a little something out there, even myself. He played with a really cool head, calm and composed and today he did the same. Just came out and played with that freedom. Saw the ball land hit the ball. He didn't worry too much about anything. Just played the game, plus I think he's got terrific skills with the ball. He bowled really well in his first game against Chennai and I thought he bowled really well today. He only started bowling the stuff he's been bowling three weeks ago. Before that, he was just a genuine off spinner. So the kid learns really quickly and that I think is a sign of a really good player and someone that has a really good future."

11.52pm: Royals have pulled this off, though it looked very iffy. But Riyan Parag played a sparkling innings and Jofra Archer pulled out one final rabbit out of his hat.

Dinesh Karthik: Little disappointed. I thought we were in it, but it wasn't our day. I've kept saying, winning always feel good but when you lose close games like this you think 'wow, when are we going to get there'. The plan in the final over was to bowl full. The second shot was a good shot, but the first ball... there was dew on the outfield as well. I think a lot of it will boil down to how much they trust me as a leader and keep the mood of the dressing room good.

Jofra Archer: I feel really excited. The tournament didn't go as well as we liked, but moments like these really make me cherish playing for Rajasthan. Anyone that comes in to replace me and Stokesy will do a great job, I'm sure of that. I'm grateful for Rajasthan to take a chance on me, having not played any international cricket.

19.2
6
Prasidh to Archer, SIX runs

Archer's done it! His final act in IPL 2019 is hitting an extra cover drive off a full ball for six, while giving himself room. Full ball and he shows his extraordinary timing, and sending it zipping through the air and over the boundary. Pick him for the World Cup already, England! Just do it.

19.1
4
Prasidh to Archer, FOUR runs

outside edge flies for four! Length ball outside off, Archer goes really hard at it, wanted to go over extra cover, but it takes the edge and goes to third man

Prasidh to bowl. Jofra on strike

Our statsman Gaurav says: "These two teams have played 2 Super Overs already in IPL. Both won by Rajasthan Royals."

end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 167/7CRR: 8.78 RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Jaydev Unadkat0 (1)
Jofra Archer17 (10)
Andre Russell3-0-32-1
Prasidh Krishna3-0-33-1
18.6
Russell to Unadkat, no run

length ball on the stumps, swiped, but gets it only till mid-off

Shashank Kishore caught up with the 17-year old Riyan Parag earlier in the IPL, and here's the teenager's goosebump-inducing story (also ft Prashant Chopra and Mahipal Lomror)

18.5
W
Russell to Parag, OUT

oh dear he's out hit-wicket. Short ball and he was moving inside the line to pull it fine, but doesn't connect with the ball. In the follow through his bat hits the top of the stumps. unfortunate end to an impressive innings.

Riyan Parag hit wicket b Russell 47 (63m 31b 5x4 2x6) SR: 151.61
18.4
6
Russell to Parag, SIX runs

Riyan Parag is turning it on He's a teenager and he's just hit IPL 2019's MVP for a six over long-on, even though it wasn't perfectly timed. Own medicine and all that for Russell. Brathwaite at long-on was interested and leapt up, but the ball went over him

18.3
1
Russell to Archer, 1 run

pacy short ball, Archer goes to pull but gets it high on the bat and it goes to long-off

Riyan Parag is looking supremely calm and confident. Like this is an everyday chase for him

18.2
1
Russell to Parag, 1 run

yorker on the fifth stump line, steered to deep point

18.1
1
Russell to Archer, 1 run

too short and he pulls it well, but there is a deep midwicket

Imran Shaikh: "The Over Rate is abysmal. Hope someone is penalised for this" - the guys paying the penalty are those on ball by ball comms...

And Royals win percentage has shot up to 71% now!

Abhay Raghavan: "Narine's Dropped catch of Parag is costing KKR here..."

end of over 1813 runs
RR: 158/6CRR: 8.77 RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Riyan Parag40 (28)
Jofra Archer15 (8)
Prasidh Krishna3-0-33-1
Sunil Narine4-0-25-2
17.6
6
Prasidh to Parag, SIX runs

smoked goes for the aggressive option of bowling a bouncer, but Riyan - with a cool belying his years - just rocks back and pulls it high and handsome, way over deep square leg

17.5
Prasidh to Parag, no run

excellent comeback by Prasidh, wide yorker, out of the batsman's reach and within the tram-lines. Riyan was moreover giving himself room so he had to really stretch out to try and get bat on that.

17.4
4
Prasidh to Parag, FOUR runs

inside edge goes for four He was moving across and wanted to smash this to cow corner but gets an inside edge. Luck is on his side, it goes very fine for a boundary

17.3
1
Prasidh to Archer, 1 run

nicely timed but there is a man on the cover boundary. Full toss outside off, punched

17.2
1
Prasidh to Parag, 1 run

has a big thrash at that towards long-on but doesn't time it, and it rolls along the ground to the fielder there

17.1
1
Prasidh to Archer, 1 run

blasted this full delivery from the stumps but straight to Narine at mid-off. He was moving to his left and the ball hits his boot

And the forecast says 40% to Royals now. Creeping up steadily

end of over 1715 runs
RR: 145/6CRR: 8.52 RRR: 10.33 • Need 31 from 18b
Jofra Archer13 (6)
Riyan Parag29 (24)
Sunil Narine4-0-25-2
Prasidh Krishna2-0-20-1
16.6
1
Narine to Archer, 1 run

back of a length, and Archer swipes it to deep midwicket off the back foot

16.5
1
Narine to Parag, 1 run

good length outside off, he gets down low and cuts it to the sweeper on the cover fence

16.4
4
Narine to Parag, FOUR runs

quicker one but strays on the pads and Riyan does superbly to just tickle it fine

16.3
2
Narine to Parag, 2 runs

comes forward and clips it between long and on deep midwicket

16.2
1
Narine to Archer, 1 run

leading edge that falls in no-man's land at cover. He was moving across to flick it to leg, but didn't read the spin

16.1
6
Narine to Archer, SIX runs

swatted down the ground given room to free his arms outside off and he smashes it with a horizontal bat straight back

46 off 24 - doable, but ideally Royals would have wanted a top order batsman in there. And here's Narine, who's been quite unplayable today

Best performances - batters
Dinesh Karthik portrait
KD Karthik
97 runs (50)
7 fours
9 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
pull
25 runs
1 four
3 sixes
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Riyan Parag portrait
R Parag
47 runs (31)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Piyush Chawla portrait
PP Chawla
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
3
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Varun Aaron
VR Aaron
O
4
M
1
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2019
Player Of The Match
Varun Aaron
Varun Aaron
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 days25 April 2019 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Anil Dandekar
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Ian Gould
TV Umpire
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Nitin Menon
Reserve Umpire
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Saiyed Khalid
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0