Match Over - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  • Referee: M Nayyar
  • When: 18 Apr 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Man of the Match: N Rana


  • Umpire1: S Ravi
  • Umpire2: A Deshmukh
  • Third Umpire: C Shamshuddin



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals



Overs: 18.5 / 20.0

Kolkata Knight Riders

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.

18.5B Laughlin to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 6 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.
18.4B Laughlin to N 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.
18.3B Laughlin to KD Karthik, 1 run, slower ball, full outside off, whipped wristily down to long-on.
18.2B Laughlin to N 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.
18.2B Laughlin to N Rana, WIDE, 1 run, full, well down the leg side, Rana misses the attempted swipe over short fine.
18.1B Laughlin to N 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.
End of over 18. 9 runs this over. 151/3 after 108 balls.
N Rana 31 (24b 2x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 3-0-25-0
KD Karthik 35 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 17. 16 runs this over. 142/3 after 102 balls.
N Rana 29 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) JD Unadkat 3-0-34-0
KD Karthik 28 (18b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 126/3 after 96 balls.
KD Karthik 20 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) B Laughlin 3-0-25-0
N Rana 21 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 121/3 after 90 balls.
KD Karthik 16 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-18-0
N Rana 20 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 116/3 after 84 balls.
KD Karthik 12 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) S Gopal 3-0-23-0
N Rana 19 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 13 runs this over. 110/3 after 78 balls.
KD Karthik 8 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 4-0-23-2
N Rana 17 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 7 runs this over. 97/2 after 72 balls.
N Rana 12 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) B Laughlin 2-0-20-0
RV Uthappa 48 (35b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 11. 3 runs this over. 90/2 after 66 balls.
RV Uthappa 47 (33b 6x4 2x6 ) K Gowtham 3-0-10-1
N Rana 6 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 9 runs this over. 86/2 after 59 balls.
RV Uthappa 46 (29b 6x4 2x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-15-0
N Rana 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 9 runs this over. 77/2 after 54 balls.
RV Uthappa 40 (26b 5x4 2x6 ) S Gopal 2-0-17-0
N Rana 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 68/1 after 48 balls.
RV Uthappa 33 (24b 5x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-6-0
SP Narine 35 (22b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Say hello to Karthik Krishnaswamy, who will take you through till the end. Early call for Player of the Match? I'll go with Piyush Chawla.

End of over 7. 9 runs this over. 62/1 after 42 balls.
SP Narine 30 (20b 4x4 1x6 ) S Gopal 1-0-9-0
RV Uthappa 32 (20b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 13 runs this over. 53/1 after 36 balls.
SP Narine 28 (18b 4x4 1x6 ) B Laughlin 1-0-13-0
RV Uthappa 25 (16b 5x4 0x6 ) more

KKR are well on their way and Narine is on song. Time for a strategy break.

End of over 5. 13 runs this over. 40/1 after 30 balls.
RV Uthappa 19 (13b 4x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-13-0
SP Narine 21 (15b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 12 runs this over. 27/1 after 24 balls.
SP Narine 21 (15b 4x4 0x6 ) DS Kulkarni 2-0-20-0
RV Uthappa 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 15/1 after 18 balls.
SP Narine 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 2-0-7-1
RV Uthappa 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 8 runs this over. 9/1 after 12 balls.
RV Uthappa 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) DS Kulkarni 1-0-8-0
SP Narine 8 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/1 after 6 balls.
RV Uthappa 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 1-0-1-1
SP Narine 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
SP NarineRun out JD Unadkat,JC Buttler 352551140
CA LynnB K Gowtham0200-
RV UthappaC BA Stokes B K Gowtham483662133.33
N Rananot out 352721129.63
KD Karthiknot out 422322182.61
AD Russell -
Shubman Gill -
TK Curran -
PP Chawla -
Shivam Mavi -
Kuldeep Yadav -
Total 163/3
K Gowtham4.002325.75
DS Kulkarni2.0020010
JD Unadkat3.0034011.33
B Laughlin3.503709.65
S Gopal3.002307.67
BA Stokes3.002508.33