Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

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Chris Lynn guided Kolkata Knight Riders to a six-wicket success as Jos Buttler's Rajasthan Royals fell short in Tuesday's crunch Indian Premier League encounter.

KKR won the toss and opted to field first.

Kuldeep (4/20) flummoxed Rajasthan Royals batsmen with his wrist spin as the visitors were bowled out for 142 from 19 overs after being sent into bat. Kolkata chased down the total with two overs to spare. Opener Narine gave KKR a flying start taking K Gowhtam to cleaners with 21 runs from the first over with two fours and two sixes. Ben Stokes continued his poor run with the bat as he went back after adding 11 runs off 13 balls without any boundaries.

It wasn't a bad situation, on the surface, but all the momentum had been sucked out of their innings, and they didn't have too many in-form batsmen left. Ish Sodhi created uncertainty in the batsman's minds with flight and sharp turn and reaped rewards when he had Rana trapped in front for a 17-ball 21.

Coming to the hosts, Dinesh Karthik and Co. bounced back in style after succumbing to a 102-run defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians. Lynn's luck ran out eventually and he was stranded on 45 runs.

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Karthik took his side home with a six as KKR reached 145 for 4 in 18 overs.

KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran. After moving to 71 for 2 in their first ten overs, Royals scrounged only 89 off their last ten while losing six wickets. But what unfolded from the second over was a series of boundaries and sixes from Buttler and Tripathi in a run sequence that read 6-4-4-4-4-6-4-4-6-4 as RR cruised to 50 in 20 balls. Rahane himself faced 12 of those 15 balls, which may have helped disrupt some of Buttler's rhythm. It was the reverse sweep that did Buttler in as well for a 22-ball 39 when he top edged one to short third man. Moreover, Sanju Samson has been the key to Rajasthan's batting order as well.

Stuart Binny (1) was next, stumped having been bamboozled by a googly, before Ben Stokes (11) chipped a tame return catch to ensure Kuldeep claimed a wicket in each of his four overs, bowled on the reel.

After last night's crushing win over KXIP, RCB still need to win the remaining two games handsomely to increase their net run-rate and stand a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. Unadkat later chipped in with his 26 runs.

"He's (Kuldeep Yadav) an global quality player. sometimes he slacks off, bowls a bad ball, trying too much so I'm just trying to make him do as well as he can and stay consistent".

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