Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

IPL Cricket: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals

IPL Cricket: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals

"We have to win the next match straightway". There's no other way out. "We still have a chance to make the playoffs".

Kuldeep Yadav bowled a magnificent spell of 4-0-20-4 for which he later won the "Man of the Match". The legendary leg-spinner is the mentor of Royals.

Lynnsanity on hold: Cricket fans the world over are used to seeing Chris Lynn bombard bowling attacks with brute force, but this season's IPL has been a far cry from the master blaster that has earned lucrative contracts on the back of his big hitting. Kolkata's captain has remained unbeaten in four of his last seven innings whilst chasing, three of those matches resulting in victories. "I hadn't come to the stadium for any of the matches this season". We spoke for a while. "There wasn't much time since he had to leave", said the wrist spinner.

Coming in the eighth over, Kuldeep ran through his four overs and took a wicket in each of them to help KKR bounce back from a poor start.

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While that should have been alarming for RR, but they kept the cruise mode on and opted to keep going.

He doesn't think he did anything different from the previous matches. Apart from the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has scored 548 runs, none of their batsmen have been consistent. He had come into his seventh match with a tally of 11 wickets at 17.82 and with an economy rate ranging between 5.50 (against MI at Jaipur) and 11.73 (against KXIP at Indore). "Once the wickets fell the pressure mounted on the batsmen and that led to the collapse", Kuldeep remarked. "It's all about giving your best on that day and I am sure overseas players will step up", he added. "So I am really happy for him but as a team we will miss him, his batting and inputs", Rahane said when asked how the team would cope without them. I wanted him to try that shot. Even in T20 cricket, you have to apply your mind. I knew Buttler would reverse-sweep, so I bowled a quicker one. Sometimes it goes in your way, sometimes it doesn't.

Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Dinesh Karthik has been in a terrific form. "He's an worldwide quality player, he's one of the best chinaman bowlers right now. Maybe after the IPL, I will again get a chance to talk to him", Kuldeep said. Like Animesh, software engineer Rishwav Dasgupta, too, made it to the ground on Tuesday evening, after rushing out of his Sector V office two hours early than usual.

This is not the first time Karthik has shown his brilliance behind the stumps. Stokes has been managing to contribute notably with the ball too, supporting Archer well in the past few games. Rahane tossed the ball to his offspinner as usual, possibly to take on a left-hand opener in Sunil Narine. He, however, could not perform and returned to the locker room after losing his wicket without making a mark.

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