IPL 2018: KKR vs RR Preview

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 16, 2018

KKR will play their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

Earlier, after KKR won the toss and elected to field, the Rajasthan Royal (RR) batting saw some sharp twists and turns.

Kings XI Punjab, now on 12 points, can still go through if they win one of their two remaining games and other results go their way, despite having the worst NRR (-0.518) in the league.

MI have a good chance to qualify if they win their next two matches due to their positive Net Run Rate.

They defeated Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs by piling up the season's highest total of 245/6, fourth highest in IPL history.

Fifty was on the board for the visitors in just 3.2 overs, and Dinesh Karthik was found scampering up to his young pacers to offer some counsel, but in vain.

The short answer is, yes. After he missed the ball it went straight in the hands of Dinesh Karthik who without batting an eyelid flicked the bails.

Karthik and Andre Russell (11 n.o. off 5) batted aggressively to see off the chase with plenty to spare.

Royals finally find a powerful opening combination?

Could the Royals perform above expectation without Jos Buttler, or will the Knight Riders prove too strong? Anureet Singh was the last man standing on 3 runs. If MI lose, then they will be knocked out of the tournament and if KXIP loses, then RCB still stand chance due to better run rate. 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. They will end the season having opened together only once.

Making it more remarkable is the fact that Sodhi was snubbed at January's auction, despite making it to No 1 in the ICC T20 bowling rankings and producing some starring performances for Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash League. The Rajasthan Royals were skittled out for 142 in 19 overs.

Ish Sodi, who can bat decently well, was hoping to give some useful runs to the team but saw himself become the victim of an astonishing dismissal. The three batsmen worse than him are: Quinton de Kock (-41), Gautam Gambhir (-41) and D'Arcy Short (-39). But once Kuldeep castled out-of-form visiting skipper Rahane, Royals could never recover.

A spinner to Narine in the first over? "My strength is to keep looking for wickets", he said.

Rajasthan made the mistake of starting with spin with Narine on strike.

Continuing his role as a pinch-hitting opener, Narine took the fight to Gowtham, smashing 20 from the first four balls of the chase.

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