Match Over - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 25 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 23 May 2018, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Man of the Match: AD Russell


  • Umpire1: Nitin Menon
  • Umpire2: AK Chaudhary
  • Third Umpire: HDPK Dharmasena



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Kolkata Knight Riders



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals

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!!"

19.6M Prasidh Krishna to K Gowtham, BOUNDARY, 4 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..
19.5M Prasidh Krishna to H 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"

19.4M Prasidh Krishna to K 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.
19.3M Prasidh Krishna to K 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!"

19.2M Prasidh Krishna to K 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.
19.1M Prasidh Krishna to K 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.
End of over 19. 6 runs this over. 136/4 after 114 balls.
H Klaasen 17 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) AD Russell 3-0-22-0
K Gowtham 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

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."

End of over 18. 3 runs this over. 130/4 after 108 balls.
STR Binny 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) M Prasidh Krishna 3-0-20-1
H Klaasen 13 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 127/3 after 102 balls.
H Klaasen 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) PP Chawla 4-0-24-2
STR Binny 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 8 runs this over. 119/2 after 96 balls.
H Klaasen 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) SP Narine 4-0-39-0
SV Samson 45 (35b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 111/2 after 90 balls.
SV Samson 43 (32b 3x4 2x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-18-1
H Klaasen 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 109/1 after 84 balls.
SV Samson 42 (31b 3x4 2x6 ) SP Narine 3-0-31-0
AM Rahane 46 (40b 4x4 1x6 ) more

This chase is going quite similar to Royals' pursuit of 152 earlier in the tournament. Back then, they needed 56 off 36 balls, with Rahane still at the crease and 6 wickets in hand, but somehow ended up losing it. Will that change tonight?

Salman Wazir: "from Pakistan,simply wants KKR to win; dont know why...." -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar connections maybe? :)

Anupreet Singh: "Narine is a game changer, but let's not bring in politics by calling him a Trump card..:)"

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 103/1 after 78 balls.
AM Rahane 46 (40b 4x4 1x6 ) AD Russell 2-0-16-0
SV Samson 36 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 96/1 after 72 balls.
SV Samson 34 (23b 3x4 1x6 ) PP Chawla 3-0-16-1
AM Rahane 41 (36b 4x4 1x6 ) more

partho: "Hush, don't talk about wickets. You all will jinx the chase. "

Sunil: "@Abhinav : Picture abhi baaki hain mere dost! :-)"

Vijay N: "As a SRH fan, I wish RR to win so that there will not be any home advantage for 2nd qualifier. "

End of over 11. 3 runs this over. 90/1 after 66 balls.
SV Samson 30 (19b 3x4 1x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-16-0
AM Rahane 39 (34b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Snehashis Panda: "@Abhinav Dhar: That's like assuming the quiz is over before the differential round kicks in. I hope you'll understand what I mean. "

End of over 10. 13 runs this over. 87/1 after 60 balls.
AM Rahane 37 (30b 4x4 1x6 ) JPR Scantlebury-Searles 1-0-13-0
SV Samson 29 (17b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Abhinav Dhar: "I was in the minority when I said RR will win this. Huh. Who's talking now? Too early?" -- Sit down, be humble.

End of over 9. 10 runs this over. 74/1 after 54 balls.
SV Samson 18 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-13-0
AM Rahane 35 (28b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Time-out at Eden. Time-out for me, Shashank. It's over to the Badshah - Sreshth Shah - for the rest of the chase.

End of over 8. 10 runs this over. 64/1 after 48 balls.
AM Rahane 34 (25b 4x4 1x6 ) SP Narine 2-0-25-0
SV Samson 9 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 3 runs this over. 54/1 after 42 balls.
SV Samson 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-3-0
AM Rahane 29 (23b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 51/1 after 36 balls.
SV Samson 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) PP Chawla 2-0-10-1
AM Rahane 28 (20b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 5. 14 runs this over. 46/0 after 29 balls.
RA Tripathi 19 (11b 1x4 2x6 ) SP Narine 1-0-14-0
AM Rahane 26 (18b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 4. 11 runs this over. 32/0 after 24 balls.
RA Tripathi 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) M Prasidh Krishna 2-0-17-0
AM Rahane 25 (17b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Abhishek Dixit: "Rahane needs to to rotate strike better, he already has played 7 dots (50% of all balls faced). Narine hasn't even showed up yet."

End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 21/0 after 18 balls.
RA Tripathi 6 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) PP Chawla 1-0-6-0
AM Rahane 15 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Suraj Menon: "I think hugely this match depends upon how well RR guys play out the spinners of KKR.. Well I have been trying n trying nothing get posted.."

End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 15/0 after 12 balls.
AM Rahane 14 (10b 1x4 1x6 ) M Prasidh Krishna 1-0-6-0
RA Tripathi 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Varun chips in from The Eden: Russell is already feeling stiffness after giving chase during that boundary. He's been stretching his quads since.

End of over 1. 9 runs this over. 9/0 after 6 balls.
RA Tripathi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AD Russell 1-0-9-0
AM Rahane 9 (5b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Nisarg: "RR should promote Jofra Archer same as Narine does for KKR. Jofra gets batting in powerplay and license to hit." -- They tried that last game. Archer as opener, but he was out for zero. In all, four ducks for him in IPL 2018

AM RahaneC Kuldeep Yadav B Kuldeep Yadav464141112.2
RA TripathiC PP Chawla B PP Chawla201312153.85
SV SamsonC JPR Scantlebury-Searles B PP Chawla503842131.58
H Klaasennot out 181810100
STR BinnyC CA Lynn B M Prasidh Krishna0300-
K Gowthamnot out 9710128.57
JC Archer -
S Gopal -
IS Sodhi -
JD Unadkat -
B Laughlin -
Total 144/4
AD Russell3.002207.33
M Prasidh Krishna4.002817
PP Chawla4.002426
SP Narine4.003909.75
Kuldeep Yadav4.001814.5
JPR Scantlebury-Searles1.0013013