Royals come up Short in IPL loss to Riders

Pablo Tucker
April 19, 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star batsman Robin Uthappa has opined that the two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions' former captain Gautam Gambhir and his successor Dinesh Karthik are "very different" personalities. With the win, KKR got their third win in the IPL campaign, taking their run-rate to 0.825. His plan worked out initially thanks to Chawla and Kuldeep but in the fourth over, things seemed to go wrong with Sunil Narine giving away 18 runs. After the match, RR skipper admitted that it was their fielding that let them down.

With KKR bowling first, the 24-year-old removed both RR openers - Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short - to derail the home team's innings and returned impressive bowling figures of 2 for 11 from two overs.

The Rajasthan Royals have proven to be one of the most improved sides in the IPL this season. It was just not Narine's day with the ball today.

Sanju Samson, whose unbeaten 45-ball 92 helped RR win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game, followed suit soon after, picking out Kuldeep at deep midwicket off Mavi who bowled really well to cramp the Kerala batsman for room.

Defending his bowlers - who had a pale outing at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium - Rahane indicated that they should not be blamed for the defeat. However, he missed out on a hat trick.

Australian Chris Lynn fell without scoring to the third ball of the innings with a single run on the board but Narine and Uthappa put on 69 to fix the damage.

The away team was always in control of the chase despite losing Chris Lynn in the first over. While Narine had little less of a contribution for he conceded 48 runs, the rest gifted 52 in all to bag four wickets. He fell short of what would have been an excellent century after a catch-of-the-season contender from Ben Stokes at the long-on boundary but his innings had knocked the stuffing out of Rajasthan as Kolkata cantered to an easy win. With his vice-captain back at the dugout and KKR at 102/3, Karthik came out to join Rana at the crease. He pulled off a stunning stumping of Ajinkya Rahane and later was involved in a decisive 61-run stand of 38 balls.

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