Kuldeep spins Knight Riders to vital IPL win

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

But once Kuldeep castled out-of-form visiting skipper Rahane, Royals could never recover. They broke the sound barrier twice thanks to Jos Buttler's and Rahul Tripathi's assault in the 2nd and 3rd overs, collecting 47 runs in two overs to take RR to 74/1 after 7 overs. Kuldeep Yadav was the wrecker-in-chief while Andre Russell provided the initial breakthrough and kept the runs down; the rest of the bowlers did their bit.

However, once the openers got out, it was the same old story for Rajasthan.

"I can not blame the bowlers, they bowled really well". If they win their last game, they will be certain of a playoff spot. "The intent was positive from the team".

But Rahane said Rajasthan have good overseas players to replace the Englishmen. We lost because we didn't apply ourselves in the middle while batting. Today I had the opportunity. I will stay in touch with him.

Rajasthan Royals chopped and changed their opening combinations for a month before a rain-affected chase forced them to push Jos Buttler to open the batting. We can expect another 175 to 180 score in this game. We have to learn from our mistakes.

He bowled 11 dot balls and saw just two deliveries hit beyond the boundary rope, statistics which now make him the second most economical bowler in the competition in his debut season.

But a mature 48-run stand between Lynn (45, 42b, 5x4, 1x6) and Karthik (41 n.o., 31b, 5x4, 1x6) ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders reach near the target and the journey was completed when Russel came up with a few of those archetypal beefy blows.

"It was pressure time for me". "Cricket's a amusing game, we all know, but we have to learn from our mistakes and get it right in the one league game we have", he said.

"That's what I try to did".

Captain Karthik: Dinesh Karthik's abilities while chasing have been compared to those of MS Dhoni. "He is sometimes so confident that he ends up slacking off and giving out one easy ball".

"I'm always a big fan of him (Warne)".

The Chennai batsmen, though, are on song and most are among runs with Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina all contributing when the team needed them. The well-set Buttler's reverse sweep off a seam-up delivery found the point fielder, Stuart Binny was outfoxed by a brilliant wrong 'un to be stumped, and Ben Stokes's leading edge carried back to the bowler. Because, as a player, it's everyone's dream to represent their country in the longer format. I'm very happy for them. "He's bowled really well". And all I have to do is make sure he is turned on. Whoever gets an opportunity will do well.

"We still have to believe in ourselves. Hopefully we can come up with good game plan which leads us to victory", he concluded.

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