Team Rajasthan, led by Ajinkya Rahane, defeated Kolkata by three wickets in the 43rd match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Here are the highlights:
# Rajasthan win by three wickets!
# Six off the second delivery as Archer finishes off the game for Rajasthan!
# Boundary off the first delivery as Jofra Archer edges the ball for a boundary!
# Prasidh Krishna to bowl the final over!
# Need 9 runs from 6 deliveries!
# Jaydev Unandkat is the new man in!
# Wicket! Riyan Parag dismissed for 47 runs off 31 deliveries as the batsman is adjudged hit-wicket as he attempts to go for a big hit off a short delivery, with the ball going on to hit the stumps!
# Russell to bowl the 19th over!
# Need 18 runs from 12 deliveries!
# Six off the final delivery, as Rajasthan reach 158/6 (18 overs)
# Boundary off the fourth delivery as Riyan Parag edges the ball down to fine leg!
# Prasidh Krishna to bowl the 18th over!
# Need 31 runs from 18 deliveries!
# 15 runs from the over, Rajasthan 145/6 (17 overs)
# Six off the first delivery as Jofra Archer hits the ball straight down the ground!
# Sunil Narine to bowl his final over!
# Need 46 runs from 24 deliveries!
# 8 runs from the over, Rajasthan 130/6 (16 overs)
# Jofra Archer is the new man in!
# Wicket! Shreyas Gopal departs for 18 runs off 9 deliveries as the batsman attempts to go for a big hit off a full delivery, handing a catch to Shubman Gill!
# Prasidh Krishna into the attack!
# 13 runs off the over, as Shreyas Gopal smashes three boundaries, to help Bangalore reach 122/5 (15 overs)
# Nitish Rana into the attack!
# 10 runs off the over as Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal score a boundary apiece. Rajasthan 109/5 (14 overs)
# Need 77 runs off 42 deliveries!
# Shreyas Gopal is the new man in!
# Wicket! Binny departs for 11 runs off 11 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit without proper contact, resulting in a catch to Rinku Singh! Rajasthan 98/5 (12.3 overs)
# Piyush Chawla to bowl his final over!
# 11 runs from the over, as Binny scores a boundary off the final delivery, Rajasthan 96/4 (12 overs)
# Carlos Braithwaite to bowl his second over!
# 7 runs off the over, Rajasthan 85/4 (11 overs)
# Six off the fifth delivery of the over as Binny smashes the ball into the stands!
# Stuart Binny is the new man in!
# Wicket! Ben Stokes departs for 10 runs off 11 deliveries as he fails to negotiate a googly, resulting in a catch to Andre Russell on the boundary ropes! Rajasthan 78/4 (10.1 overs)
# Piyush Chawla to bowl his third over!
# 11 runs off the over, Rajasthan 78/3 (10 overs)
# Yarra Prithviraj to bowl his second over!
# Need 109 runs in 66 deliveries!
# Two runs off the over, Rajasthan 67/3 (9 overs)
# Chawla to bowl his second over!
# 2 runs and a wicket off the over, Rajasthan 65/3 (8 overs)
# Riyan Parag is the new man in!
# Wicket! Smith departs for 2 runs off 6 deliveries as the Australian batsman is deceived by a delivery which goes on to hit the stumps after some late turn. Rajasthan 63/3 (7.2 overs)
# Narine to bowl his third over!
# 8 runs off the over, Rajasthan 63/2 (7 overs)
# Ben Stokes is the new man in!
# Wicket! Samson dismissed for 22 runs off 15 deliveries as he fails to negotiate a googly which goes on to hit the stumps, Rajasthan 57/2 (6.3 overs)
# Piyush Chawla into the attack!
# 2 runs and a wicket off the over, Rajasthan 55/1 (6 overs)
# Steve Smith is the new man in!
# Wicket! Rahane dismissed for 34 runs off 21 deliveries with the batsmen adjudged lbw off a turning delivery. Rajasthan 53/1 (5.2 overs)
# Sunil Narine to bowl his second over!
# 17 runs off the over, as Rahane smashes two boundaries and a six, with Rajasthan crossing the 50-run mark. Rajasthan 53/0 (5 overs)
# Yarra Prithviraj into the attack!
# 19 runs off the third and fourth overs of the innings with Andre Russell and Sunil Narine introduced into the attack. Russell concedes 13 runs as Samson and Rahane smash a six and boundary respectively. 6 runs from Narine's opening over, as Rajasthan reach 36/0 (4 overs)
# 17 runs from the first two overs bowled by Carlos Braithwaite and Prasidh Krishna! Just five runs from the opening over as Rahane gets off the mark with a boundary, before Rahane and Samson smash a six and a boundary! Rajasthan 17/0 (2 overs)
# Rajasthan openers Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson are set to kickstart the chase!
# Rajasthan need 176 runs to win!
# Single off the final delivery as Kolkata finish on 175/6 (20 overs)
# Second six for Dinesh Karthik as he hits the ball straight down the ground into the stands off the fifth delivery!
# Six off the third delivery as Karthik smashes the ball into the stands over long-on!
# Boundary off the second delivery as Karthik hits the short of length delivery beyond the fielder!
# Jaydev Unandkat to bowl the 20th over!
# 16 runs from the over, Kolkata 157/6 (19 overs)
# Consecutive sixes for Dinesh Karthik as he smashes the ball over backward square leg!
# Six runs off the fifth delivery as Dinesh Karthik smashes the short, back of the length slower delivery over extra cover!
# Jofra Archer to bowl the 19th over!
# 14 runs from the over, as Karthik smashes two boundaries off the third and fifth deliveries with Kolkata 141/6 (18 overs)
# Rinku Singh is the new man in!
# Wicket! Braithwaite dismissed for 5 runs off 3 deliveries as he attempts to go for another big hit, handing a catch to Ajinkya Rahane!
# Boundary off the first delivery as Braithwaite edges the ball past the fielder!
# Jaydev Unandkat to bowl his third over!
# Carlos Braithwaite is the new man in!
# Wicket! Russell departs for 14 runs off 14 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit off a short delivery, handing a catch to Riyan Parag at deep mid-wicket! Kolkata 119/5 (16.5 overs)
# Oshane Thomas to bowl his third over!
# 19 runs from the 15th and 16th overs bowled by Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unandkat. 4 runs off Archer before Russell and Karthik smash a six apiece off the first and fourth deliveries of the over, as Kolkata reach 115/4 (16 overs)
# 15 runs off the 13th and 14th overs of the innings, as Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron complete their third and fourth overs. Kolkata score 5 runs off Thomas before Karthik smashes a boundary and a six off Aaron, as Kolkata reach 96/4 (14 overs)
# 7 runs and a wicket off the over, Kolkata 81/4 (12 overs)
# Andre Russell is the new man in!
# Wicket! Narine dismissed for 11 runs off 8 deliveries as the two batsmen attempt a quick double off a slower delivery, which resulted in a run out following lack of communication. Kolkata 81/4 (11.3 overs)
# Six off the first delivery as Karthik smashes the ball over backward square leg!
# Jofra Archer to bowl his second over!
# 28 runs from the 10th and 11tth overs of the innings bowled by Jaydev Unandkat and Shreyas Gopal. Unandkat concedes three runs before Karthik smashed a six and three boundaries from the first four deliveries, followed by a six from Narine off the final delivery. Kolkata 74/3 (11 overs)
# 4 runs from the over, Kolkata 46/3 (9 overs)
# Boundary off the final delivery as Narine edges the ball past Smith at slips!
# Sunil Narine is the new man in!
# Wicket! Nitish Rana dismissed for 21 runs off 26 deliveries as he attempts to go for a cut shot off a delivery which skids, handing a catch to Varun Aaron at backward point!
# Gopal to bowl his second over!
# 7 runs off the over, Kolkata 42/2 (8 overs)
# Boundary off the first delivery as Rana cuts the delivery wide of backward point!
# Riyan Parag into the attack!
# Four runs off the next two overs bowled by Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal who are introduced into the attack. Just a single off Jofra Archer's maiden over followed by just three runs off Gopal as Kolkata reach 35/2 (7 overs)
# Dinesh Karthik is the new man in!
# Wicket! Shubman Gill dismissed for 14 runs from 14 deliveries off the final delivery of the over, as he edges an inswinging delivery onto the stumps! Kolkata 31/2 (5 overs)
# Boundary off the fourth delivery as Gill cuts the short of length ball behind backward point!
# Varun Aaron to bowl his third over of the innings!
# 13 runs off the third and fourth overs of the innings bowled by Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas. Aaron concedes just three runs off his second over before Rana and Gill smash a boundary apiece towards backward point. Kolkata 24/1 (4 overs)
# 6 runs from the over, Kolkata 11/1 (2 overs)
# Boundary off the third delivery as Nitish Rana directs a short of length delivery to the ropes!
# Oshane Thomas to share the new ball!
# 4 runs and a wicket off the over, Kolkata 4/1 (1 over)
# Boundary off the fourth delivery as the ball drifts on to the pads, runs away to fine leg!
# Nitish Rana is the new man in!
# Wicket! Chris Lynn dismissed for a duck off the third delivery of the over, as he edges a short, fast delivery on to the stumps. Kolkata 0/1 (0.3 overs)
# Varun Aaron to bowl the opening over!
# Kolkata openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill have entered the crease!
# The umpires have entered the field with the Rajasthan players set to kick start the clash!
# Kolkata (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
# Rajasthan (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron
# 2 changes for Kolkata as well as Prasidh Krishna and Carlos Braithwaite, replace KC Cariappa and Harry Gurney in the lineup!
# Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron replace Ashton Turner and Dhawal Kulkarni for Rajasthan!
# Rajasthan win the toss and opt to field!
# Both the captains are set for the toss!
# Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are set to play their final games in this edition of the IPL for Rajasthan against Kolkata!
# Kolkata have lost their last five matches!
# The toss is set to take place in a few minutes!
His job safe for now, skipper Dinesh Karthik will be praying for a turnaround in the fortunes of a struggling Kolkata, as they meet Rajasthan in the IPL on Thursday.
Kolkata have suffered five defeats on the trot, exposing their over-reliance on Andre Russell, and Karthik has copped criticism for not promoting the big-hitting West Indian up the order.
The fate of Rajasthan too hangs by the thread. They showed urgency with Steve Smith replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the captain ahead of their clash against Mumbai.
The move has clicked and Rajasthan were able to bring their campaign back on track beating Mumbai. Rahane, too, roared back to form with an elegant century, albeit in a losing cause, against Delhi in their last match.
Kolkata: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.
Rajasthan: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Steve Smith, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Varun Aaron, Jos Buttler, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
(With PTI Inputs)