How short of ideas against spin is D'Arcy? KKR, who have not the biggest of squads will definitely rely on Rana and it has to be seen how he capitalizes on his good start to the year this term.
After the first three overs, Kolkata were 15 for one but in the next three they raked up 38 runs.
What TV Channel and Online Streaming is IPL 2018 RR vs. KKR on? Past year he did well for Mumbai Indians.
On being asked to compare the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik, Uthappa felt both had different methodologies but at the same time possessed the qualities required for a captain in the shortest format of the game. "Our bowlers did really well in the last three games".
Off the third ball of the 17th over Karthik ended a 21 ball boundary drought by smashing Jaydev Undakat for six and put his team in pole position, then two balls later Rana matched the feat leaving KKR needing 20 runs off 18 balls.
Narine has shown greater hitting ability against the slower bowlers, so pace is the way forward against him for oppositions. Although Narine got out soon, the duo had laid the foundation.
"I have been striking the ball pretty well", said Uthappa after the match.
Rajasthan Royals will next play Chennai Super Kings in Pune on Friday while Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. They however, gained momentum and registered two back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Uthappa's well-crafted knock and Narine's clinical hitting at the top ensured that it stayed in the game. His clean striking against leggie Shreyas Gopal, that fetched him two sixes, also ensured that skipper Rahane had a lot more thinking to do. It is Kolkata Knight Riders who with six points and a better net run rate (NRR) of +0.825 pushed Hyderabad to the second place who also have six points but a lesser NRR of +0.772.
Brilliant batting display by Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana helped Kolkata Knight Riders victory against Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets with 7 balls still remaining chasing the target in 18.5 overs here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday.
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