Match Over - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
  • Referee: M Nayyar
  • When: 15 May 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Man of the Match: Kuldeep Yadav


  • Umpire1: HDPK Dharmasena
  • Umpire2: AK Chaudhary
  • Third Umpire: VA Kulkarni



Overs: 18.0 / 20.0

Kolkata Knight Riders



Overs: 19.0 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals

That's all we have for you tonight. Thanks for your company and your comments. We love em. Keep flooding is with em. But for now, off you go.

Kuldeep Yadav is the Man of the Match. "It was a pressure time for me. I was just thikning about taking a wicket, Jos Buttler is a set player, he is playing tremendously but I really wanted to take him out. You have to motivate yourself, you have to think about your strengths, stick to your basics. Not try too much. That's what I try to do. This is T20, so you have to keep changing some things. I knew Buttler would reverse sweep, so I bowled a quicker one. You have to plan for every batsman. Sometimes it goes in your way, sometimes it doesn't."

"They started off brilliantly but it shows our character. When we got a chance in the game, we didn't let go," Dinesh Karthik says. "We have team bonding sessions, keep our smiles, keeping going on in the tournament. He's an international quality player, he's one of the best left-arm chinaman bowlers right now. And all I have to do is make sure he is turned on. Sometimes he slacks off, bowls a bad ball trying too much so I'm just trying to make him do as well as he can and stay consistent. [Qualification is in your hands] You're scaring me."

Gaurav Pathak: "Give all scenario of qualifying for rr mi rcb " --- Eat, pray, love? (Kidding. The stat-o-matic will be churning out that info in due time)

"I think the intent was positive, but when you get a start like, the way Tripathi and Buttler batted, when I went in, I wanted to carry the momentum forward. Jos was batting very well. But it wasn't up to him all the time. The way Jaydev batted with the tail, he showed it was possible. We lost because of our batting," Rahane says. "When we finished our batting, our talk was about forgetting what happened in the middle. IT was important to pick wickets, our bowlers did very well. Unfortunately we got only 142 on the board - we needed 170 or 180. We still have a chance to make the playoffs. So now it's all about learning and moving forward. Last game in Jaipur as well, we know that ground well. We will miss Jos and Stokes, we all know how dangerous they are. But at the same time, I feel really happy for Jos that he's picked for the England Test squad"

Amyn: "K/O for Mumbai tomo! KXIP win would take them to 14points and MI can reach max of 12 then!"

"It was planned. The only way we would've let Rajasthan back in the game was by losing wickets so I wanted to bat through and make sure that didn't happen," Chris Lynn says. "I wanted to be there at the end, I didn't want to leave it to anyone in the end. Wanted to win it quickly as well for the run-rate, which I think will matter in a week's time. My strength is against quicker bowlers, some others can play spin better, it's about batting in partnerships. Good to get some momentum back, it's the business end of the tournament and we're playing exciting cricket. It was a great comeback after the first six overs"

11.25 pm This game was done at the halfway stage, when Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell lassoed Rajasthan Royals down from 59 for 0 in the fourth over to 142 all out. (That's 83 runs in 15 overs for 10 wickets). The pitch was a bit slow, they needed the top order to show stability and Chris Lynn stepped up, scoring at a pace far removed from his image. He fell with only a little bit left to get, and DK and Russell finished things off.

17.6JC Archer to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, hoists a short ball over long-on and take his team across the line. KKR move up to third place now in front of 61,000 of their supporters.

Jmani: "You know the commentator is Al Muthu without even looking when the replies to comments is ridiculous :D" --- I thought it was my typos that set me apart!

17.5JC Archer to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, outside edge flies away to the third man boundary. Gowtham does his best to stop it with a full length dive, it'll be a top effort if he has saved it. But it's unlikely... Yep, replays confirm he makes contact with the boundary while flicking the ball back.
17.4JC Archer to KD Karthik, No run, full on middle, whips it to midwicket.
17.3JC Archer to AD Russell, 1 run, low full toss, which Russell swings away to long-on.

Ankit Arora: "I am not in a flight and definitely haven't paid $10 for cricinfo commentary. Not a fan of either of the teams playing. DD supporter. My comment should be published too. This is all I got ! "

17.2JC Archer to AD Russell, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, clears the front leg and smears a half-volley outside off to the cover boundary. 145 kph coming down, several more going away.
17.1JC Archer to KD Karthik, 1 run, swivels on the back foot and pulls it down to long leg.
End of over 17. 10 runs this over. 129/4 after 102 balls.
KD Karthik 30 (27b 4x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 3-0-23-0
AD Russell 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Upendra Kumar D: "One more one-sided match. When was the last time we had a really close match? I think the problem might be the batting first teams wants to go too hard and then in the process lost too may wickets. I really like the way SRH went against CSK, unfortunately their bowlers didn't turn up that day.."

End of over 16. 3 runs this over. 119/4 after 96 balls.
KD Karthik 25 (23b 3x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 4-1-15-3
AD Russell 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Deep: "26 off 28 with 6 wickets in hand, and the set batsman gone. Just the sort of moment when Tendulkar would get out, and Ajay Jadeja-Robin Singh will set about trying to win this against a fired up Donald (or McGrath, or Wasim, or Ambrose), eventually falling 1 run short... oh, the 1990s."

End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 116/3 after 90 balls.
CA Lynn 45 (41b 5x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-21-1
KD Karthik 24 (19b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Nikhil: "@cricinfo, need your views on why KKR is not pushing for NRR like Kohli did, i am fearing MI and RCB will sneak thru even if KKR wins this :(.. a KKR Fan" --- Possibly because the pitch still has something in it for the spinners...

End of over 14. 10 runs this over. 109/3 after 84 balls.
CA Lynn 43 (38b 5x4 1x6 ) JC Archer 3-0-27-0
KD Karthik 19 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Peacock: "Binny is still playing because the support staff believes he has the potential to perform well at this level. You may disagree as that's subjective."

Nitin: "Confused about Chris Lynn's batting this season. Appreciate him trying to stick out in the middle. But wasn't he taken because of his powerful striking?" --- Whatever gets the job done

End of over 13. 10 runs this over. 99/3 after 78 balls.
KD Karthik 18 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) Anureet Singh 1-0-10-0
CA Lynn 34 (34b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Siddhesh v: "I still can't fathom why RR paid so much for a player like stokes who won't even be available for the crunch matches (assuming they make it that far). So many teams fail to choose wisely during the player auctions and then wonder why they didn't perform well. "

Rohit: "Can someone tell me why the likes of Stuart Binny are still picked. No batting No bowling and the other day he dropped a catch most players would have taken. "

avinash: "i think we should not blame as well as praise one person for teams defeat or win. rahane alone is not reason for team's fall and also kuldeep alone is not reason for wickets. he is backed well by narine. "

End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 89/3 after 72 balls.
CA Lynn 32 (32b 3x4 1x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-13-0
KD Karthik 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Zubair: "I think the way Dinesh Karthik has batted in this IPL, its been really impressive, Technically sound batting, he has improved alot in batting as well as keeping."

Hemanth: "@narottam. Can't ignore Gill considering the required run rate is under control"

Pradeep D: "@Sai, there is a very good chance for 5 tams to finish on 14 points this IPL. Guess who will qualify if that happens? The teams currently on 6th and 7th position with good NRR which will improve further with 2 more wins."

End of over 11. 3 runs this over. 83/3 after 66 balls.
CA Lynn 27 (27b 2x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-14-1
KD Karthik 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

narottam kapasi: "if archer can take 2 in 2 which he is doing for all season. dinesh and russell game is for rr then"

Sai Charan: "I want to see an IPL season where all the seven teams win seven matches each ;) Imagine that table and the net run rates.Fun!!"

End of over 10. 7 runs this over. 80/3 after 60 balls.
KD Karthik 8 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-7-0
CA Lynn 25 (24b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Enrique: "I think Rahane is going to have a sudden fullstop to his IPL career like Gambhir. He haven't delivered this season at all and if he weren't the captain, he would have been out of the XI by now.And RR made the biggest mistake by making him captain of the side. Clearly, he was the culprit of today's collapse when all that ws required at that point of time was to take singles and give the strike to Jos. Love Rahane, the Test player but a big dislike button to Rahane, the T20 player! "

Pravin Dhakne : "To... Lovers Grow Bus... I'm from subcontinent but my commenter were never published, so moved to Europe, and still waiting. So it require luck. "

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 73/3 after 54 balls.
KD Karthik 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-11-1
CA Lynn 23 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Vivek Radhakris: "Where is Unadkat ? " --- Popped out for a bit of tea?

Vinod Mhase: "@Chan - I think Lynn is doing the right thing by slowing down and playing safe as this is the same stage where RR lost the match by losing too many wickets in short intervals.. "

Lovers Grow Bus: "Some of us have to send comment on the fixtures of Zimbabwe vs UAE to stand any chance of being published.... it seem only comments from subcontinent are being published by cricinfo.... this also goes with their videos are only for viewers from subcontinent not for us Africans.... Just thinking" --- Everyone's welcome. No, really.

End of over 8. 11 runs this over. 68/2 after 48 balls.
CA Lynn 21 (19b 2x4 1x6 ) K Gowtham 2-0-32-0
N Rana 21 (16b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Chan: "What has happened to Lynn's game? Has he transformed in to an anchor? Or has he lost his mojo?" --- Maybe he's spooked by that shoulder? It's basically held together by scotch tape and good vibes

Ganesh: "Guys like Robin, Mayank, Finch, Stokes have just not been good enough and someone like Mayank would be so disappointed all he needed was a decent IPL after the magnificent domestic season to get into the national side but a poor IPL meant Rayudu gets that spot as of now."

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 57/2 after 42 balls.
N Rana 13 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-6-0
CA Lynn 18 (16b 2x4 1x6 ) more

That's also time-out time. And guess who's back? Al Muthu is he.

Thanks Niks. We have more spin.

End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 50/2 after 35 balls.
N Rana 7 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 3-1-12-2
CA Lynn 17 (14b 2x4 1x6 ) more

51 for 2 in the Powerplay, that's a happy period for KKR?

End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 46/2 after 30 balls.
N Rana 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) JC Archer 2-0-17-0
CA Lynn 15 (11b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 40/2 after 24 balls.
CA Lynn 15 (11b 2x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 2-1-8-2
N Rana 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sandeep Singh: "KKR will have to bat themselves out of this to lose this match"

End of over 3. 11 runs this over. 32/1 after 18 balls.
CA Lynn 10 (8b 1x4 1x6 ) JC Archer 1-0-11-0
RV Uthappa 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

faheem: "A chance for KKR to gain advantage here, to improve their NRR. this might be a haunting match for Royals."

End of over 2.  A maiden over! 21/1 after 12 balls.
CA Lynn 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 1-1-0-1
RV Uthappa 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ben: ""T20d" for the Oxford Dictionary!"

End of over 1. 21 runs this over. 21/0 after 6 balls.
CA Lynn 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 1-0-21-0
SP Narine 21 (5b 2x4 2x6 ) more
SP NarineC K Gowtham B BA Stokes21722300
CA LynnC Anureet Singh B BA Stokes454251107.14
RV UthappaC RA Tripathi B BA Stokes460066.67
N RanaLBW IS Sodhi211721123.53
KD Karthiknot out 413151132.26
AD Russellnot out 11520220
Shubman Gill -
Shivam Mavi -
JPR Scantlebury-Searles -
Kuldeep Yadav -
M Prasidh Krishna -
Total 145/4
K Gowtham2.0032016
BA Stokes4.011533.75
JC Archer4.0043010.75
IS Sodhi4.002115.25
JD Unadkat3.002307.67
Anureet Singh1.0010010