IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders restrict Rajasthan Royals to 160/8

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Kolkata Knight Riders eased to a seven-wicket IPL victory over Rajasthan Royals as the hosts' nine-match winning streak in Jaipur came to a crashing halt. Australian opener Chris Lynn was the only batsman to miss out as he was clean bowled for a duck by off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham. Royal were put again on the front foot by Rahane's counterpart Darcy Short who continued punishing the visiting teams with his trademark shots.

Rahane struck four successive boundaries off Sunil Narine's first four deliveries before he was smartly stumped by Karthik off Rana's offspin in the 7th over. Short started targeting Narine after getting into groove. Tom Curran and Nitish Rana got two-two wickets each and conceded 19 and 11 runs respectively.

Rajasthan always had the advantage of playing at its home ground and Rahane proved it so by giving his team a flying start in the first six overs without losing a wicket.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler attempted to increase the run-rate but could only hit two boundaries from his 18 deliveries as the Royals stuttered to 160-8.




In the last over, young fast bowler Shivam Mavi (1/40) bowled three wide balls and Chris Lynn dropped Dhawal Kulkarni (3) but he was later run out. The Royals skipper hit four consecutive boundaries to the delight of the crowd, changing the momentum. Rahane showed no mercy to Sunil Naraine as the Royals skipper thrashed the West Indian bowler for 18 runs. After his departure, wickets kept falling at regular intervals courtesy some good disciplined bowling display by KKR. After six overs, RR were 48/0. Once both of them fell, some responsible batting from Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik ensured that Kolkata would go to register their 3rd win of the tournament.

KKR has two wins as does RR from three.

Sanju Samson followed suit soon after, picking out Kuldeep at deep midwicket off Mavi and just when Short was looking to accelerate, Rana castled him with a slider in the next over to break the 36-run third wicket partnership with Rahul Tripathi.

After the first three overs, Kolkata were 15 for one but in the next three they raked up 38 runs.

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