Last Updated: April 18, 2022, 23:57 IST
RR vs KKR IPL 2022 Highlights: In a thrilling game of cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs at Brabourne Stadium. Jos Buttler laid the foundation of the win for the Royals with a sublime century to take his team to a mammoth 217/5 in 20 overs. The wicketkeeper batter slammed 103 runs off 61 balls but it was Yuzvendra Chahal who claimed a hat-trick to turn the tide in Rajasthan’s favour when KKR Read More
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WHAT A GAME! Absolute madness at Brabourne Stadium! Obed McCoy castles Umesh Yadav to seal the game for Rajasthan Royals. A magic moment for the debutant here to take two wickets in the final over to get the job done for his team. Kolkata Knight Riders gave a very tough fight to Rajasthan Royals here in the mammoth chase but were left 7 runs short. A sensational game of cricket comes to an end. Rajasthan Royals (217/5) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (210 all-out) by 7 runs
Obed McCoy gets his maiden IPL wicket and it doesn’t get anything bigger than that. Kolkata Knight Riders are nine down now and they need 9 runs from the last four deliveries. KKR 209/9 in 19.2 overs
A fine penultimate over from Prasidh Krishna as only 7 runs came off it. He stuck to his wide yorkers and restrict the KKR batters to hit the boundary. KKR now need 11 runs from the last six ball. KKR 207/8 in 19 overs
Sensational stuff from Umesh Yadav here as he smashed Trent Boult all around the park. 20 runs came from the over and KKR are once again back in the game. We are witnessing madness here as both teams are in no mood to lose this game. KKR 200/8 in 18 overs
OUT! And it’s three in three for Yuzvendra Chahal here as this time he dismissed Pat Cummins on a golden duck to complete his maiden IPL hat-trick. Absolute sensational from Chahal as he claimed four wickets in that over to put KKR on the mat. KKR 180/8 in 17 overs
Shivam Mavi tries to clear the boundary this time but failed to get the desired connection and Riyan Parag took an easy catch. Two in Two for Yuzi Chahal! KKR 180/7 in 16.5 Overs
OUT! MASSIVE BLOW! The tide has turned completely in the Rajasthan Royals’ way here. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled it full this time and Shreyas Iyer failed to read it and got plumb in front of wicket in the attempt to play flick shot. A gem of an innings come to an end and it might seal the game for Rajasthan. KKR 180/6 in 16.4 overs
STUMPED! Venkatesh Iyer stepped down the ground to hit a biggie but missed everything and got stumped. It was a wrong’ un and Venky had no clue about it as he departed for just 6. KKR 178/5 in 16.1 overs
Shreyas Iyer is taking the responsibility on his own shoulders here and is smashing the bowlers. 11 runs came from the over as he smashed a six against Trent Boult. He needs some support from Venkatesh Iyer here as the southpaw also needs to score some boundaries. KKR 178/4 in 16 overs
Shreyas Iyer got a life here Sanju Samson dropped an easy one behind the stumps and the KKR captain punish Rajasthan Royals’ straightaway with a six and a four. 15 runs came from the over as Iyer is taking the charge to the bowlers. The required run-rate has dropped below 10.5. KKR 167/4 in 15 overs
OUT! WHAT A BALL! Golden Duck for Dre Russ at the crucial stage of the game as Rajasthan Royals are back in the game with a bang. Ashwin redeemed himself with a carrom-ball and Andre Russell was clueless while defending it. KKR are once again in trouble now and Venkatesh Iyer has come to bat. KKR 149/4 in 13.4 overs
After getting hit for a couple of boundaries, Yuzvendra Chahal finally takes his revenge as Nitish Rana departs on 18. The southpaw launches the ball once again in the air but this time Jos Buttler was well under it to grab the catch. KKR lose the third wicket. KKR 148/3 in 13 overs
Nitish Rana joins the party and now he is dealing in boundaries. This is the perfect way to approach this chase and KKR are now at the top of the game with the required run rate dropping below 10. KKR 144/2 in 12.3 overs
Not a good day in the office for Ravichandran Ashwin here as he get smacked in another over as 11 runs came from it. On the fifth ball of the over, Shreyas Iyer charged down the ground to send it for a biggie. The KKR captain wants to keep a check on the required run rate. KKR 134/2 in 12 overs
Finally a quiet over for Rajasthan Royals without any boundary. 7 seven runs came off Yuzvendra Chahal’s over and his remaining 12 balls are going to be crucial here. The required run-rate has dropped below 11 here and KKR need to continue scoring boundaries here. KKR 123/2 in 11 overs
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper is leading his team from the front here and giving it back to the opposition. He has completed his fifty in 32 balls here and KKR will want him to convert it into a big score. 9 runs came off R Ashwin’s over. KKR 116/2 in 10 overs
A very good knock comes to an end. Aaron Finch tried to upper-cut the short ball for the maximum but it didn’t go that long as Karun Nair takes the catch at third man. Big wicket for Rajasthan Royals as now they have a chance to strengthen their position. KKR 107/2 in 9 overs
Aaron Finch is silencing his IPL critics here with a sublime knock here. The tension is quite visible on Rajasthan Royals’ players courtesy of Finch. And 100 up for Kolkata here as both Finch and Shreyas Iyer are keeping Kolkata on track in the mammoth chase. KKR 106/1 in 8.5 overs
This is some magnificent stuff from Aaron Finch here as he smashing the bowlers on will now. 19 runs came from Obed McCoy’s over. Rajasthan Royals are looking clueless now as the Aussie opener is playing with the field now and Iyer is giving him ample support here. KKR 93/1 in 8 overs
Jos Buttler recorded his second century of the season – third overall – as he powered Rajasthan Royals to a huge 217/5 against Rajasthan Royals. Buttler made 103 off 61, an innings that featured 9 fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Sanju Samson (38 off 19) and then Shimron Hetmyer applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 26 off 13. For KKR Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 2/21 from four overs. Earlier, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams tasted defeat on their respective last matches. KKR made one change to their playing XI as they dropped Aman Khan for Shivam Mavi. On the other hand, RR made three changes as they included Trent Boult, Obed McCoy and Karun Nair for tonight’s clash.
Their confidence severely dented after two comprehensive defeats on the trot, last edition’s runners-up side Kolkata Knight Riders would seek to get their inconsistent campaign back on track when they face Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match in Mumbai on Monday. KKR were beaten by Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad by 44 runs and seven wickets respectively in their last two matches. They had earlier lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With three wins and three losses, KKR are at the mid-table while the Royals have won three matches and lost two games till now. KKR had an impressive start to the league with three wins from four matches but the back-to-back losses had taken them down below the top-4 and they would look to regain that slot.
But to do that they will have to pull themselves up in both batting and bowling.
None of the batters, except for Andre Russell, has been consistent so far while the likes of spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Pat Cummins have dished out average performances.
Russell is the current top-scorer for KKR with 179 runs from six matches and has also contributed with five wickets with the ball.
Captain Shreyas Iyer has not been in the best of form with just one half-century in his name for a total of 151 runs in six matches, Nitesh Rana and Venkatesh Iyer have been lacking in consistency, while Sam Billings is struggling to get runs.
In the bowling department, none, except pacer Umesh Yadav (10 wickets from 6 matches) has been up to expectations.
Chakravarthy, KKR’s highest wicket-taker last season, has been struggling big time with just four wickets from six matches.
Chakravarthy’s senior spin colleague Sunil Narine is also in the same boat with just four wickets.
Australia Test captain Cummins, who joined late due to national commitment, also need to step up and do better than his current figures of three wickets from as many matches.
The Royals, on the other hand, will start as favourites in Monday’s match with the tournament’s highest run-getter and wicket-taker in their ranks in Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal has been in top form with 12 wickets from five matches, also with a fine economy of 6.80 and he would fancy to add more scalps to his name, especially against a struggling KKR batting unit.
Veteran New Zealand pacer Trent Boult (7 wickets from 4 matches) is the other Royals bowler who has been doing well.
But senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is terribly out of form. He picked up just one wicket from five matches while conceding 143 runs and it remains to be seen how long the team management will persist with him.
The Royals, however, have not fired as a batting unit with the likes of captain Sanju Samson (117 from 5 matches) and the hugely talented Devdutt Padikkal (114 from 5 matches) failing to click so far.
Their batting has revolved mainly around Buttler, who has set the IPL on fire with 272 runs from five matches with one hundred and two fifties.
Shimron Hetmyer has been the only other Royals batter who has done well so far with 197 runs from five matches with the help of one half-century.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c/wk), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, James Neesham, Anunay Singh, Daryl Mitchell, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, KC Cariappa.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shreyas Iyer (c), Aaron Finch, Abhijeet Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Indrajith, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammed Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.