IPL 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...

IPL 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...

Last Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014, 21:33
  
IPL 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...
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Kolkata Knight Riders Innings

Over 20 || Score 160/6

17 runs needed off 6 balls. Shane Watson is to bowl the final over of the innings. First ball, Free hit once again as Watson over stepped. Single came off the next. Second ball, Shakib on strike, he missed the line completely, a single. Third ball, a slow bouncer by the bowler, no run. 14 needed off 3 balls. Excellent over so far by the skipper, as a single came off the next. Fifth ball, perfect yorker, and came yet another single. Last ball, single. And finally, RR managed to beat KKR by 10 runs. Excellent last over by the skipper, Watson.

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Over 19 || Score 154/6

24 runs needed off 12 balls. Faulkner to bowl his last and penultimate over of the innings. Two runs off the first three balls. Off the next two balls came two more singles. So far it's a perfect over for RR. FREE HIT Off the last ball, the seamer over stepped the popping crease. Single off the last ball. Seven runs came from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 147/6

39 runs needed off 18 balls. Southee to bowl his third over. Single off the first ball. Next was a wide down the leg side. Third ball was a dot by the New Zealender. Off the next came a single. In the fourth ball, Shakib smacked the bowler straight over his head for a maximum. Next ball was a wide down the leg side. Southee is feeling the heat. In the next, Shakib placed the bowler over extra cover region for a boundary. Watson dropped a straight catch of Shakib in the last ball. 15 runs from the over.

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Over 17 || Score

45 runs needed off 24 balls. Faulkner to bowl the over. Shakib Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav are in the middle for KKR. Tight over by the left arm seamer as he conceded mere five runs from it.

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Over 16 || Score 126/6

Tambe to bowl his last over. Manish Pandey Out! Manish stepped down the ground and the leggie smartly bowled a wide down the leg side and Samson did a smart work behind the wickets. Yusuf Pathan gave a simple catch back to the bowler. Ryan ten Doeschate on strike and he got trapped in front of the wicket. Hat-trick for Tambe. First hat-trick of the season. KKR have lost six wickets in last two overs. Tambe and Watson have simply change the course of the game.

RN ten Doeschate lbw b Tambe 0 (1b)

YK Pathan c & b Tambe 0 (1b)

MK Pandey st Samson b Tambe 0 (0b)

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Over 15 || Score 122/3

Skipper Watson is back into the attack. Gauti Out! Gambhir tired to smash the bowler towards cover region but only managed to get an outside edge to give Samson an easy catch behind the wickets. Russell is the new man in. Double blow for KKR. Uthappa also lost his patience and in trying to slog the bowler for a six over square leg, gave a simple catch to Bhatia at deep. Watson is leading his team with examples at the moment. Another Wicket! Russell missed the line completely and the ball went through his diffense to disturb the stumps. Eventful over by Watson.

AD Russell b Watson 1 (3b)

RV Uthappa c Bhatia b Watson 65 (52b)

G Gambhir c Samson b Watson 54 (34b)

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Over 14 || Score 121/0

Faulkner has been called back. Off the second ball Gambhir collected a boundary to complete his fifty in style. Seven runs came from the over. KKR are cruising towards victory.

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Over 13 || Score 114/0

Rajat Bhatia to bowl the over. Three singles came from the first three balls. Off the next Gambhir launched the medium pacer for a maximum over long on. Singe off the next. In the last ball Uthappa clobbered the bowler straight over his head for a six. Big over for KKR as 16 runs came from it.

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Over 12 || Score 98/0

Tambe to bowl his third over. RR need a couple of wickets here to come back into the match. With every passing over the match is slipping away from their hands RR. Five runs came from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 93/0

Tewatia is ready to bowl his second over. Of the first ball, Uthappa came down the ground and smacked the bowler straight over long off for a six. Off the last ball Gambhir came down the track to charge the bowler over mid-wicket to collect the second boundary of the over. Good over for KKR as 13 runs came from it.

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Over 10 || Score 80/0

Bhatia to bowl his second over. The medium pacer bowled a tight over as he conceded mere five runs from the over and all came in singles.

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Over 9 || Score 75/0

Tambe is back. Three singles off the first three balls. Off the next Gambhir collected a double. Fifth ball was a dot by the leggie. RR desperately need a wicket or two here. Gambhir pulled the last ball towards cow corner for a boundary. Nine runs from the over. Sensible cricket by both the openers.

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Over 8 || Score 66/0

Rahul Tewatia has been given the ball. It's his first match of the IPL-7. Four singles came from the first four balls. Next was a dot. In the last ball came another single from the bat of Uthappa. RR are still looking for their first breakthrough.

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Over 7 || Score 61/7

Rajat Bhatia, handy cricketer in the shortest format of the game, has been introduced into the attack. Off the third ball, Uthappa smacked him out of the park over cow corner. What a hit! Bhatia conceded 11 runs from his opening over.

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Over 6 || Score 50/0

Southee has been brought back into the attack. In the fourth and fifth balls, Gambhir played two confident shots for boundaries. 11 came from the over. Meanwhile, KKR touched the mark of fifty runs.

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Over 5 || Score 39/0

James Faulkner has been given the ball. Three runs came from the first three balls. Off the fifth Gambhir played the ball over the short mid-wicket fielder to collect his first boundary. Eight runs came from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 32/0

Leg spinner Pravin Tambe has been given the ball. In his first over, he leaked nine runs, Including a boundary by Uthappa towards mid-on.

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Over 3 || Score 23/0

Shane Warne to continue. Off the third ball, Uthappa placed the ball fine towards on side for his third boundary. In the next, Utahppa got the thick edge off his bat and collected yet another boundary, this time towards third man. Ten runs came from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 13/0

Tim Southee is sharing the new ball with Watson. First three balls were dot by the New Zealander. Single came off the next, in the form of byes. Off the fifth Gambhir drove the ball past cover fielder to collect three runs. In the last ball, Uthappa played a classy on drive to collect his second boundary off the innings. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 5/0

Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are ready to open the innings for KKR, whereas, Shane Watson is set to bowl the first over. Off the third ball, Utahppa pull the bowler for a boundary towards mid-wicket. Single came off the fifth ball. Last ball was a dot. So five runs came from the first over.

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Rajasthan Royals Innings

Over 20 || Score 170/6

Vinay Kumar is all set to bowl the final over of the innings. Steve Smith is the new man in. Off the first ball, Smith tried a switch hit and collected three runs. Two singles came off the next two balls. Smith Out! Smith went for a big shot but couldn't connect it well and eventually gave a simple catch to Suryakumar Yadav. Double blow for RR. Off the next Binny smashed the bowler towards mid-wicket but found a fielder at deep. Hat-trick ball for Vinay. Singe came off the next. Off the last ball, Bhatia launched the bowler over mid-wicket for a six. 11 runs came from the last over. So after being put into bat first, RR put up an imposing total of 170 runs in front of KKR.

STR Binny c ten Doeschate b Vinay Kumar 11 (9b)

SPD Smith c SA Yadav b Vinay Kumar 3 (2b)

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Over 19 || Score 159/4

Narine to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Watson Out! Off the third ball, Watson tried to smack the bowler for a maximum over long on but at deep Suryakumar took a superb catch in the end. Off the fifth, Binny launched the bowler for a six over long on. Nine runs came from the second last over of the innings.

SR Watson c SA Yadav b Narine 31 (20b)

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Over 18 || Score 150/3

Russell to bowl the over. First ball, full toss, and Watson punched it down the ground for a boundary. Next was a no ball as it was above the waist. Four runs came from the next three balls. Off the next came a single. Last ball, and Binny placed it over the covers for another single. 11 runs came from the over. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of 150 runs.

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Over 17 || Score 139/3

Narine to continue. Samson Out! Off the second ball Samson tried to smack the bowler out of the park over long on fence but couldn't connect it well and found a fielder in the deep. Stuart Binny is the new man in for RR. Tight over by mystery spinner as mere four runs came from it.

SV Samson c Pandey b Narine 37 (31b)

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Over 16 || Score 135/2

Strike bowler Vinay Kumar has been called back. Off the first ball, Watson smacked the bowler over long off for a maximum. Off the next he collected a boundary over extra covers. Single came from the next. In the fifth ball came another single from the bat of Samson. Watson is on a roll here. Off the fifth ball, Watson once again smashed the bowler straight over his head to collect the second six of the over. Huge over for RR as 19 runs came from it.

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Over 15 || Score 116/2

Narine is back with his second over. Off the third ball, Smason came down the wicket to charge the bowler but got a thick outside edge of his bat and collected a boundary towards third man. Off the last three balls Sanju collected two doubles. Ten runs came from the over.

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Over 14 || Score 106/2

Shakib is ready with his final over. Four runs came from the first three balls. Nair Out! Nair stepped down the ground to hit the bowler out of the park but the spinner smartly bowled a wide and wicket keeper did a fine job behind the wickets. Another impressive knock by Nair came to an end. Shane Watson, RR skipper is the new man in. Fifth ball was a wide down the leg side. Tight over by the left-arm spinner a he conceded mere five in his last over.

KK Nair st Uthappa b Shakib Al Hasan 44 (35b)

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Over 13 || Score 101/1

Ryan ten Doeschate is set to bowl his second over. Both the batsmen are dealing in singles and doubles and whenever they are getting loose deliveries they are collecting an odd boundary or two. Nine runs came from the over, as the medium pacer conceded a boundary off his last ball. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of hundred runs.

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Over 12 || Score 92/1

Umesh Yadav has been called back into the attack. Three singles came off the first four balls. Off the next, Nair clobbered a full toss out of the park towards square leg. Double came from the last delivery. Twelve runs came from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 81/1

Ryan ten Doeschate has been introduced into the attack for the first time in the innings. Two runs conceded in the first three balls. The medium pacer is mixing his deliveries well. Single came off the fourth. In the next ball Nair collected two runs. Last ball was a dot. Five runs came from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 76/1

Two talented youngsters – Karun Nair and Sanju Samson -- are in the middle for RR. Shakib to continue. Three singles came from the first three balls. Off the next Karun tried to slog the spinner but only managed a single towards square leg. Next was a dot. Single came off the last ball. Economical over as mere five runs came from it.

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Over 9 || Score 71/1

Russell to continue. Off the second ball, Sanju sliced the bowler towards point region for a boundary. Class was written all over that shot. Eight runs came from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 63/1

Shakib is back. Four singles came from the first four balls. From the next came another single from the bat of Nair. Last one was dot. Tight over by the left-arm spinner as mere five runs came from it, all in singles.

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Over 7 || Score 58/1

Andre Russell has been given the ball. Rahane Run Out! Karun placed the ball towards short leg and tried to steal a single but a direct hit from Narine and Rahane fell short of his crease. Sanju Samson is the new man in. Off the last ball, Samson played a late cut and collected his first boundary towards third man. Eight runs came from the over.

AM Rahane run out 30 (22b)

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Over 6 || Score 50/0

Sunil Narine is being given the ball. Can the mystery spinner give KKR their first breakthrough? Off his last ball came a boundary from the bat of Rahane. Good over first up by the offie as he gave mere six from it. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of 50 runs. Solid start once again by the openers.

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Over 5 || Score 44/0

Shakib Al Hasan has been introduced into the attack. Karun collected two boundaries off his second and third balls – both in the same area, towards square leg. Shakib conceded 11 runs in his first over.

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Over 4 || Score 33/0

Yadav to bowl his second over. Off the second ball, Rahane flicked the bowler over mid-wicket for a boundary. Off the next, he once again flicked the bowler, this time to clear the fence, six. Two singles came from the last two balls. Big over for RR as 12 runs came from it.

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Over 3 || Score 21/0

Vinay to continue. Both the bowlers are bowling at a poor middle and leg stump line.
That's the reason most of the runs conceded in the on side of the wicket so far. Seven runs came from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 14/0

Umesh Yadav is sharing the new ball with Vinay. Third ball was short and wide and Karun smashed it towards point region for a boundary. Next ball was pitched in the middle stump and Karun flicked it towards mid-wicket to collect three more from the over. Single came off the last ball. Nine runs conceded from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 5/0

Ajinkya Rahane and Tarun Nair are in the middle to open the innings for RR, whereas, Vinay Kumar has the new ball in hand. First ball, in the middle and leg line, and Rahane flicked him for a boundary towards mid-wicket region. Single off the third. Last three balls are were dot. Five runs came from the first over.

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Toss: KKR have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Two changes in both the teams. In RR, Southee and Tewatia replaced Richardson and Kulkarni, whereas, in KKR, Kallis and Chawla have been replaced by Ryan ten Doeschate and Umesh Yadav, respectively.

The last time they clashed, Rajasthan Royals edged past Kolkata Knight Riders in perhaps the most nerve-wrecking contest of this season`s Indian Premier League and it promises to be another humdinger when the two teams with fluctuating fortunes square off today.

Their most recent head-to-head took place on April 29 in Abu Dhabi, which was among three UAE cities which played host to the IPL`s first leg. That clash turned out to be a battle of epic proportions. Both the teams ended their regulation overs on the same score, before also finishing level in the Super Over.

Finally it took a boundary count back to decide the match which was won by Royals in final analysis. And it would be interesting to see whether KKR would be able to pull themselves up from the slumber and extract revenge for the heartbreaking loss.

Royals are better-placed as far as morale is concerned. The team chalked out a thumping win over Delhi Daredevils, discovering a match-winner in young Karun Nair, who slammed a 50-ball 73. KKR, on the other hand, were thoroughly outplayed in their 34-run defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in their most recent match.

First Published: Monday, May 05, 2014, 21:33


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Team P W L RR Points
Kings XI Punjab 14 11 3 0.968 22
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 9 5 0.418 18
Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0.385 18
Mumbai Indians 14 7 7 0.095 14
Rajasthan Royals 14 7 7 0.06 14
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