Victory in next two games will take them to 16 points and assure them a spot in the play-off stage, but in case of a loss, they will have to win the final game by a huge margin and depend on results of other matches. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs.
Tripathi was dropped off the first ball of the match by Rana at wide slip-off Mavi, who leaked only two runs in the opening over.
"He's (Kuldeep Yadav) an worldwide quality player. 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".
In the bowling department, every one of the KKR bowlers had at least one wicket between them.
The two openers had added 63 off 29 balls setting a solid foundation but RR could not cash in on the opportunity as their batsmen kept on falling like nine pins at both ends of the wicket.
Captain Karthik: Dinesh Karthik's abilities while chasing have been compared to those of MS Dhoni.
Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D'Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi. Rahane himself faced 12 of those 15 balls, which may have helped disrupt some of Buttler's rhythm. But the Royals captain made a decision to reverse sweep a Kuldeep googly from around the leg stump. Ben Stokes picked up three wickets but an average total meant RR did not have the cushion to defend it.
Tonight, another great challenge awaits wherein the Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with the Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata at 8:00 PM. The Royals needed someone to step up and bowl a tight spell first up, and the Englishman answered the call. Narine departed in the next over, miscuing a pull off Stokes and Gowtham had a small consolation as he took the catch to dismiss the Trinidadian. "We have to learn from our mistake, we have just one league game left, if we can learn from this game and stay positive. we were too positive with our batting tonight but that's the way it goes".
Stokes back for his last over and once again makes a breakthrough for RR.
Russell was excellent with the ball too and so was M Prasidh Krishna who grabbed two wickets. Sent in to bat, Royals rocketed to 59 for 0 in just four overs before losing their way completely, losing all their wickets in the next 15 overs for the addition of only 83 runs.