Karthik (41*) guides his team to a 6 wicket victory

Player of the match Kuldeep Yadav picked up 4/20 to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to a six-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata on Tuesday

While KKR are placed fourth owing to slightly better net run rate (-0.189), Rajasthan are fifth (NRR -0.347). They made just an obvious change in their playing XI as Shivam Mavi came back in place of Piyush Chawla. KKR won by six wickets with two overs to spare.

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are fighting very strongly in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League. If they win both games, they are assured of qualification regardless of other results.

RR has an outside chance to get into the playoffs* if they win against RCB on the same day as above. "Hopefully they will work for us to win the game", he said.

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The short answer is, yes. "We know how the wicket will play in Jaipur, so we got to learn and move forward", he said.

It was Andre Russell (2/13 from three overs) who used his short-pitch ball strategy to full effect to dismiss Rahul Tripathi for 27 (15 balls; 4x4, 1x6).

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Could the Royals perform above expectation without Jos Buttler, or will the Knight Riders prove too strong? But he couldn't handle the extra bounce, departing just 11 runs away from becoming the first batsman in IPL history to score six fifties on the bounce. How many runs will he score today? And Karthik has played an instrumental role in all five of those victories.

After a great start by Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi, Rajasthan were bundled out for 142, which was chased down by KKR in 18 overs on Tuesday night in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. KKR's attack is not the same as it was under Wasim Akram, especially after the injuries they have suffered all season. What followed was simply unfathomable; from 63 for no loss, the Royals lost all ten wickets for the addition of 79 runs in a period of 14.1 overs. On Tuesday, after Tripathi's dismissal, Ajinkya Rahane's arrival slowed things down significantly, as he struggled to rotate strike in the next over from Sunil Narine. Rahane himself faced 12 of those 15 balls, which may have helped disrupt some of Buttler's rhythm.

Each of their top six, apart from Buttler and Sanju Samson, have scored at below-par rates and cost their team runs, as per Smart Stats.

A spinner to Narine in the first over?

"Buttler's wicket obviously gave me the most satisfaction". But he hasn't been a strike bowler by any means - two wickets in 48 balls. A lot depends on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine at the top of the order for KKR.

Narine smashed offie K Gowtham for 21 runs in the first over of Kolkata Knight Riders innings - 6, 4, 6, 4, 1 and it was the most expensive first over of this IPL till date.

He belted the fourth delivery over cover for yet another boundary and was looking ominous when he perished to the second ball of the next over from England seamer Ben Stokes, miscuing a pull to cover.



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