IPL 2019, KKR vs RR Match at Eden Gardens Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 26, 2019, 8:19 AM IST

Match 43, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 25 April, 2019

Toss won by Rajasthan Royals (decided to bowl)

Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Varun Aaron


Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:52(IST)

What a victory -  Jofra has hit the bullseye !! KKR have got themselves into a losing habit . Royals will be happy with the points but they still have plenty of areas to improve . They should have won this game far more comfortably.


RR WINS: First ball by Krishna and Archer swings his bat. The ball takes the edge and the ball goes to the boundary at third man. And it's all over on the second ball and he smashes a six over long on. A magnificent win by RR, only their second at Eden Gardens.  


OUT: Russell comes on for the penultimate over and Parag is the man in focus. Now 15 runs are needed off 9 balls. And he delivers. A magnificent strike by Parag takes the ball over the boundary rope, and it's six runs for RR. Parag is playing an excellent innings. And Parag couldn't handle a short one from Russell. He is hitwicket for 47 from 31 balls. But he has done the job for his side. It's 167/7.  

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:41(IST)

At the end of the 18th over - when you hve a look at the two dugouts , it’s clear that the KKR dugout is more tense , the Royals dugout has more optimism and that gives you an indication as to where this match stands at the moment . Momentum with the Royals.


Narine comes on for his final over. And that is not a good start for him as first Parag hits him for a four and then Archer a six. This is exactly what RR need at the moment. They are still in the game with the current pair batting well. After 17 overs it's 145/6. RR need 31 from 18 balls. 

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:34(IST)

Can Jofra hit the bulls eye ? Can he pull a rabbit out of the hat ? It’s gonna be tough but he has the ability to do so.

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:34(IST)

Can Jofra hit the bulls eye ? Can he pull a rabbit out of the hat ? It’s gonna be tough but he has the ability to do so.

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:31(IST)

You just get the feeling that this game is slipping away from the Royals .. and they have themselves to blame . They haven’t played smart cricket and are paying the price for it .


OUT: After a few matches Prasidh Krishna has a wicket, and that too of dangerous Shryeas Gopal. He lofts the ball in the air and Gill takes a good running catch. After 15.2 overs it's 123/6. 


These two RR batsmen are turning on the heat here as they are making sure that they get two boundaries in the over. That will not allow the run-rate to creep up. After 15 overs the score is 122/5. 


Gopal and Parag are fully capable of pulling off a win here. But they have strike it big, before they cross the finish line. Rusell over gets 10 runs for RR. They move to 109/5 in 14 overs. 


OUT: Spinners are continuing to shine fot KKR as Chawla gets his third. Binny goes for a slog and is caught in the deep by Rinku. RR in deep trouble at 98/5. 


Stuart Binny has been in good striking form and he gets a six im the over from Brathwaite. In the same over Parag too gets a four through fine leg. This match is far from over for RR. They have now moved to 96/4 in 12 overs. 

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 23:05(IST)

It’s gonna take something special from Binny and Parag .. Stuart has been in good batting form and he has the striking ability to get 12 per over.


OUT:Another one bites the dust as Ben Stokes goes for a big one and Russell takes a good catch in the deep. RR are in deep trouble here. Chawla has his second wicket here. RR are 78/4. 


This is an excellent comeback by KKR in this match and after Smith and Rahane departure RR are struggling to get runs. But young Riyan Parag hits two boundaries in Prithviraj over. RR now move to 78/3 after 10 overs. 

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 22:47(IST)

CSK persevered with Shane Watson and that paid off - Rajasthan will be hoping that the their faith in Ben stokes will pay off too.

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 22:44(IST)

Excellent bowling from Sunil Narine . The Royals this season have found ways to lose games . They should have restricted KKR to less than 150 ... and even though they are chasing 176 they should still have been in a far more comfortable position specially after the start they got.


OUT: Here is another one from Narine. Perfect length from the bowler and Smith goes back into the crease and misses the line of the ball. He is castled for 2. RR are in trouble at 63/3. 


OUT: What is happening out there in the middle. Samson is caught in two minds, and is clean bowled by Chawla. This is not good batting by two set batsmen Rahane and Samson. The latter departs for 22. It's 57/2. 


OUT: What an absolute beauty by Narine. The ball pitches on middle and spins a little, to hit Rahane's pads. He is out LBW for 34 from 21 balls. This is excellent bowling. RR are now 53/1. 


FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: Prithviraj comes into the attack and Rahane dances down the track and slaps the ball over covers for a six. He then follows it up with a pull for four. In fact make it another four through the point region. That is fifty partnership between Rahane and Samson in just 4.4 overs. 


So now Narine comes into the attack. He will relish bowling on this wicket. But these two have been on song. A good over by Narine comes to an end as he gives away only 6 runs. After 4 overs it's 36/0. 

Rohan Gavaskar, Former India Cricketer 22:20(IST)

Strong and swift start by the Royals - both the openers have come out with the right intent .


Russell has come into the attack now. And Rahane is displaying great confidence here. He creams the bowler through backward point for a four. This is excellent start for RR here. Samson displaying class here with a straight six past the bowler. After 3 overs it's 30/0. 


Rahane has made his intentions clear here. Just the second delivery from Prasidh Krishna, he just slams him over long on for a four. Even Sanju Samson gets into the act and hits down the gorund for a six. So 12 runs come from the over and RR are 17/0 after 2 overs. 


IPL 2019, KKR vs RR Match at Eden Gardens Highlights: As it Happened

Riyan Parag in action. (Image: IPL)

Follow all the live cricket score and latest updates from the game between Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Eden Gardens: Karthik hits a six but can't complete his ton as he gets just 2 runs on the final ball here. Sensational effort this, he has single-handedly lifted KKR to 175/6, Karthik ends unbeaten on 97!

KKR vs RR in IPL 2019 will be broadcast on Thursday (April 25) from 8:00 PM onwards. RR vs KKR live streaming will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV. You can follow all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary with analysis on our live blog.

PREVIEW: Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to end their five-match losing streak to keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive when they take on Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.

Though Royals themselves are in a must-win situation, pressure will certainly be on KKR as they will be playing at home.

Even though Dinesh Karthik has made the cut to the World Cup squad, his own form with the bat has been a major worry. Karthik has scored only 117 runs in the tournament so far in 10 matches. His captaincy is also under the scanner, especially the handling of Andre Russell who has been in superhuman form with the bat but hasn't been facing as many deliveries as he'd like. He batted at no.7 in the previous game against SRH.

The KKR top-order too has been struggling, with Robin Uthappa being dropped in the previous game, Shubhman Gill and Chris Lynn too haven't been consistent with the bat.

The bowlers too have been letting the team down, with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav & Sunil Narine struggling to pick wickets and also leaking a lot of runs. Kuldeep was dropped in the previous game and KKR will be hoping that the break helps the wrist-spinner recover some confidence.

Royals meanwhile will be banking on Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to deliver a perfect farewell gift as the two English stars play their final game before joining the England camp.

Archer has been the standout performer with the ball but Stokes has struggled to make an impact this season. Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with a fine century against Delhi Capitals but that was overshadowed by Rishabh Pant's brilliance with the bat.

Smith too has scored back-to-back half-centuries since taking over the captaincy and will be looking to continue his form.

The bowling remains a weak point for the Royals with no-one except Archer and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal picking regular wickets.

They find themselves in a must-win situation with just 4 games left and will also need some of the other results to go their way if they are to get to the playoffs.

Players to Watch Out For:

Ben Stokes - Though Ben Stokes hasn't been in the best of forms, he will be hoping to deliver the goods before he leaves to join the England squad. He can make an impact with both bat and ball, and the pitch at Eden Gardens should suit his strokeplay.

Andre Russell - It's difficult to look past Russell, given the kind of form he has been in this year's IPL. He has hit 41 sixes and is striking at the rate of 217.77 in this year's tournament. He will be hoping that he gets enough balls to leave an impact!

Team News:

KKR - Kuldeep Yadav is likely to return to the playing XI.

RR - Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will be playing their final match for the Royals

Likely Playing XI:

RR - Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

KKR- Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Prithvi Raj


Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.​

Team Rankings

1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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