• IPL 2018, Match 49, KKR vs RR – Kolkata Knight Riders Player Ratings

    Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets.

    Kuldeep Yadav
    Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kuldeep Yadav celebrates fall of a wicket. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

    The Kolkata Knight Riders have got back to their winning ways in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League. They beat the visiting Rajasthan Royals in their most recent game to notch up their 7th win of the season. With the win, they have inched closer to the all important playoffs berth. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Royals are left behind at 12 points with their chances of making the playoffs in a dim light.

    Coming to the game, the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to field first. He had his heart in his mouth with the RR openers adding 63 runs for the first wicket in just 29 deliveries. Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler looked in sublime form on the day. However, neither of the two could play the anchoring knock or cross the 40-run mark. After their dismissal, Kuldeep Yadav scalped four wickets to run through the RR lineup. The Royals bundled out for 142 in 19 overs.

    In the run chase, a Sunil Narine blitz hit the Royals. Narine scored a quick 7-ball 21 in the game. Ben Stokes took a couple of wickets to bring the Royals back in the equation. But Nitish Rana (21) and Chris Lynn (45) played sensibly to take their side closer to the target with relative ease. Later, Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 41 to steer his side over the line with 6 wickets in hand.

    Here are the Kolkata Knight Riders Player Ratings for the match:

    Sunil Narine – 8/10

    Sunil Narine had a good all round outing in the game. The KKR all-rounder has been a perennial performer for his side. In the game, Narine bowled his complete quota of four overs to return with figures of 1/29 to his name. He took the wicket of Sanju Samson. Later, he blasted 21 off just 7 deliveries during his stay at the crease to give a flying start to the Knight Riders.

    Chris Lynn – 8/10

    Chris Lynn had a decent time in the game. He played a rather uncharacteristic knock on the day. He did not go all guns blazing in the game. However, he kept the innings together with his well compiled knock. Lynn finished with 45 off 42 deliveries to his name with five fours and a six.

    Robin Uthappa – 1/10

    Robin Uthappa had a bad outing in the game. He was expected to continue the momentum that Sunil Narine had provided with the bat in the first over of the game. But the veteran cricketer ended up getting dismissed for a single digit score in the game.

    Nitish Rana – 4/10

    Nitish Rana had a very good opportunity to play the anchoring knock for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the run chase. Rana got a good start and stitched a handy partnership with Chris Lynn. He failed to make it big and eventually perished with 21 to his name in 17 balls.

    Dinesh Karthik – 9/10

    Dinesh Karthik showed nerves of steel yet again and played a good knock for his side. In the crunch game, Karthik ensured that he saw his team over the line. He arrived at the crease at a tricky situation and ended up staying till the very end. He scored an unbeaten 41 off just 31 deliveries to steer his side home.

    Andre Russell – 8.5/10

    Andre Russell played a decent part in the Kolkata Knight Riders win on the day. Russell remained unbeaten on 11 to give support to his skipper with the bat. Earlier in the game, he bowled three overs with the ball to return with figures of 2/13. He provided the first breakthrough for his side by dismissing Rahul Tripathi.

    Shubman Gill – Not Assigned

    The services of Shubman Gill with the bat were not needed in the game. The KKR middle order managed to get the task in hand done with 2 overs to spare.

    Shivam Mavi – 3/10

    Shivam Mavi made a comeback in the side in the match. He, however, ended up being very expensive on the day. Mavi leaked 44 runs in the four overs that he bowled. He took the wicket of K Gowtham in the match.

    Javon Searles – Not Assigned

    Javon Searles did not have a chance to make an impact in the game. The all-rounder did not get his chance to bat. Earlier, he was not tested with the ball either.

    Prasidh Krishna – 6/10

    Prasidh Krishna had a decent outing with the ball. The Karnataka lad continued to impress with his bowling prowess in the tournament. He finished with figures of 2/35 in the four overs that he bowled. He accounted for the dismissals of Jaydev Unadkat and Ish Sodhi.

    Kuldeep Yadav – 9.5/10

    Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the match. The chinaman scalped 4/20 in his complete quota of four overs. He took the all important wicket of Jos Buttler. Also, he ran through the RR middle order as he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, and Stuart Binny.

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