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IPL 2018: Match 49 (KKR vs RR) – Twitter Reactions
By Sandy - May 15, 2018 11:50 pm
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In the 49th game of IPL 2018, the hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) claimed a comfortable 6-wicket victory (with 12 balls remaining) against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) on Tuesday night. While RR was bowled out for just 142 runs in 19 overs, KKR successfully chased down that target in 18 overs after losing 4 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik decided to field first after winning the toss. RR openers Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler provided a thrashing start for the visitors as they put a 63-run partnership in just 28 balls. But after the opening partnership was broken in the next delivery, RR batting suffered a big collapse.

While Tripathi and Buttler scored 27 runs and 39 runs respectively, next batsmen totally struggled against the KKR bowlers. None of the other top and middle-order batsman reached the 20-run mark as they went down to 107/7 from 63/0.

At the late of that innings, no.8 batsman Jaydev Unadkat added some crucial runs as he scored 26 runs off 18 balls (3 fours and only six). Apart from the opening partnership, there was the only one another partnership to reach the 20-run mark and that was the eighth-wicket partnership between Unadkat and Ish Sodhi for 21 runs.

At the end of that innings, RR was bowled out for 142 runs in 19 overs.

KKR left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bowled impressively in that innings as his bowling figure was 4-0-20-4. Also, Prasidh Krishna (2/35) and Andre Russell (2/13) got two wickets each while Shivam Mani (1/44) and Sunil Narine (1/29) shared one wicket each.

In reply, KKR opener Sunil Narine provided a great start as he got 21 runs in the first over. However, he was soon dismissed in the second over. No.3 batsman Robin Uthappa (4 runs) also departed cheaply while another opener Chris Lynn put an important partnership with Nitish Rana to control that innings.

After Rana’s dismissal (21 runs), Lynn had another superb partnership with the in-form skipper Dinesh Karthik. While their partnership set the match for the hosts, Lynn was dismissed on 45 runs. However, KKR didn’t face any further trouble as Karthik (41*) comfortably finished the game with Andre Russell (11*). KKR took 18 overs to chase that target and they lost only 4 wickets.

Among the RR bowlers, Ben Stokes (3/15) claimed three wickets and Ish Sodhi (1/21) picked up the other wicket.

Here are some Twitter reactions: