Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

KKR defeat RR, now one win away from play offs

KKR defeat RR, now one win away from play offs

Rahane missed the line and got castled and Buttler top-edged Kuldeep to Scanterbury-Searles on the edge of the circle. I always get a different kind of motivation when I play in front of him.

It was redemption time for Kuldeep last night as he first got Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane out bowled with a loopy googly, and then dismissed dangerman Jos Buttler. Buttler and Tripathi put on 63 off just 4.5 overs, carting Knight Riders' bowlers for an IPL-record 10 consecutive boundaries at one point.

This has been the story for Rajasthan this season who have been over-reliant on Buttler. The Englishman was particularly severe on the young bowler Shivam Mavi, whom he hit for 4, 6, 4, 4, 6, 4 in the third over of the innings.

For league-leaders Sunrisers, it will be an opportunity to fine-tune their preparations for the playoffs for which they have already qualified. "The intent was positive from the team. It's all about giving your best on that day and I am sure overseas players will step up", he added. We lost because we didn't apply ourselves in the middle while batting. "(You need) to apply your mind even in T20 cricket", Rahane said. I will stay in touch with him.

Could the Royals perform above expectation without Jos Buttler, or will the Knight Riders prove too strong? "We thought 175-180 was the score possible on this wicket", he said. We have to learn from our mistakes.

"It was pressure time for me. When we got a chance in the game, we didn't let go", Karthik said.

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"That's what I try to did".

His pro-activeness at the crease right from the first delivery of his innings is one of the reasons behind his batting success this season and the way he has killed oppositions softly. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik, however, grabbed the chase by the scruff of its neck to ensure KKR eased through in the end.

KKR chased down the small target with two overs to spare with Chris Lynn top-scoring with a 42-ball 45 while skipper Dinesh Karthik remaining not out on 41 off 31 deliveries. "He is sometimes so confident that he ends up slacking off and giving out one easy ball".

"I've always been a fan of Warne". How many runs will he score today?

Narine successfully won a TV lbw referral against Sanju Samson (11) before Yadav had Ben Stokes caught off his own bowling in his last over as Rajasthan slipped to 7-107 in the 14th over.

Rahane, whose ability to raise the tempo is facing increasing scrutiny outside of the powerplay, found himself stuck again, so much that he attempted a cheeky reverse-sweep off Kuldeep, only to find the ball dipping under the bat and knocking over the stumps. "I've been watching him from childhood, and when they appreciate your performance, it feels really good". It's everyone's dream to represent their country.

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