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31st Match (N), Eden Gardens, April 16, 2024, Indian Premier League

RR chose to field.

Current RR: 11.50
 • Last 5 ov (RR): 74/1 (14.80)
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Live report - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

By Andrew Fidel Fernando

Chahal gets Iyer

Rajasthan Royals need a decent period now, and has Chahal started some semblance of a comeback? Shreyas Iyer smokes him for a six over long on, but looking to repeat the feat with a slog sweep, he's struck on the back leg by a ball that would have crashed into middle and off.
Iyer reviews as well, and burns one of KKR's reviews.
Chahal's over:
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Spin is being carted!

59 Number of runs KKR have scored off the five overs of spin bowled by RR by the end of the 12th over.
Rajasthan Royals have arguably the best spin duo of the competition, in R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. But a fellow spinner is taking them down. Sunil Narine has just crashed a six and two fours off Ashwin's last over - the 12th of the innings.
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Raghuvanshi falls

Finally some relief for Rajsathan Royals, as the 81-run partnership between Sunil Narine and Angkrish Raghuvanshi ends. Narine was the star of the stand, but Raghuvanshi played a handy role, hitting 30 off 17 before he top edged a wide-ish Kuldeep Sen delivery to deep third. They've provided KKR a beautiful platform though.
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Narine cracks a fifty

39 Runs Narine scored off the 18 balls he faced between the fifth and 10th over.
Sunil Narine made 12 off 12 to start, but has exploded since then - not just taking toll of the fielding restrictions, but also clearing the boundary as he powers the first half of this KKR innings. 100 off the first 10 overs for the home team.
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30 runs off the last two powerplay overs

Fifth over:
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Sixth over:
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Royals had kept it so tight in the first four overs, conceding only 26. But then Angkrish Raghuvanshi took Trent Boult's third over for 14 runs, hitting three fours.
And then Sunil Narine crashed a tall six off Kuldeep Sen's fifth ball over deep midwicket, then slammed a four down the ground off his sixth.
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Avesh takes a stunning caught and bowled

...And this time doesn't try to poach it from wicketkeeper Samson.
In the last match RR played, Avesh Khan tried to get underneath a catch that should have ideally been left to the wicketkeeper Samson, and the chance was grassed.
This time, when Phil Salt hit a shortish ball low to the left of Avesh, he reached out and grabbed it nicely in his follow through. In the celebration, Samson rips off his glove and gives it to Avesh, who sticks the ball in it and shows it to the dressing room.
It's a sign of a happy team when you can so quickly laugh about your mishaps from the last match.
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Boult keeps the first half of the powerplay quiet

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^^ Trent Boult's two overs so far. There's been some swing, some energy behind the shorter balls, and KKR's batters, who have been outstanding in the Powerplay so far this IPL, haven't been able to get him away - aside for that one four Phil Salt struck.
This is the worth of an experienced new-ball bowler.
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Royals will bowl first at Eden Gardens

Royals will feel they have some advantage chasing, particularly as they ran down Punjab Kings' unconvincing score just three nights ago. The last match at Eden Gardens was also won by the team chasing - KKR.
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ESPNcricinfo's live preview show

Our experts break down this top-of the table clash.

Welcome to this big playa clash

Waddup folks. These teams are rolling in wins right now. Rajasthan Royals have 10 points. Kolkata Knight Riders have played one fewer match and has eight. This is as big as the games get early in the season, and fingers, toes, limbs, everything you have crossed, we will have some fireworks. Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's Live Report.
2 The number of matches these teams have collectively lost, after 11 games played.
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Win Probability
KKR 93.14%
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