If Rajasthan Royals do make the playoffs this season, they will thank the rains in Delhi on May 2, which arrived during their game against Delhi Daredevils and reduced their chase to just 12 overs. As the sun shone over the Holkar Stadium in Indore, KKR batsman made good work out of a exhausted Kings XI Punjab bowling as they got off to a blistering start.
These sides came into the meeting at Eden Gardens as part of a five-way race to claim the two remaining play-off spots behind Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. In the post match presentation Kuldeep revealed that he was under pressure when he came to bowl but focused on the basics.
"They started off brilliantly but it shows our character".
Among the others who have been in good form are Robin Uthappa (who has hit the ball sweetly but has somehow failed to cash in on his form) and captain Dinesh Karthik (the team's top run-getter this season). They have still one face to face battle left which will be executed at the home venue of Rajasthan Royals. A big-margin win would take RR to the third place with a better NRR ensuring that it becomes impossible for KXIP to catch up with them.
Brimming with confidence Rajasthan Royals have had three consecutive wins, surging their way to the fourth spot just after KKR. Although the pitch at the Holkar Stadium offered nothing for the bowlers, the total was still very challenging for the power packed KXIP batting attack. On the other hand, the defeat for the Royals have put their chances of qualifying for the playoffs in some serious jeopardy.
CSK and SRH have already qualified for the playoffs. Besides, KKR is in 3rd position. But it isn't as easy as it sounds as KKR are now at a standpoint where they are flanked by four other contenders in the race for the knockouts.
Narine successfully won a TV lbw referral against Sanju Samson (11) before Yadav had Ben Stokes caught off his own bowling in his last over as Rajasthan slipped to 7-107 in the 14th over. With Buttler and Short, they started their innings. His last five scores of 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94* makes him the most feared batsman now in IPL.
"It was important to pick wickets (but) unfortunately we got only 142 on the board", Rahane said. Top orders were nearly failed in front of the opponent bowlers. The slow bowlers have taken 36 wickets in 10 innings an economy rate of 8 here, while the seamers have picked up four wickets fewer at a higher economy rate of 9.2. The two teams are meeting for the second time in this season of the VIVO IPL, as Kolkata had beaten Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur last month. Gayle was failed in that day.
"I have a feeling that we have a great chance now of winning this match and making it through to the eliminators". Nair scored 31 runs and Stoinis scored 23 runs for the team so far.
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