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Harry Gurney picked up two wickets

Victory: KKR win by 8 wickets

That's a clinical chase. KKR finish with 37 balls to spare. There was barely a scare for them in the chase. Rajasthan played into their hands by bowling Gowtham against Narine, who promptly killed the chase with a 22-run over. KKR move to the top of the table while Rajasthan lose their fourth game in five.

Fifty and OUT

Chris Lynn hits exactly fifty before dragging a sweep down to fine leg. Shreyas Gopal gets his second wicket. Just consolation now for Rajasthan.

WICKET: Gopal gets Narine

The googly finally does the trick. Narine is caught at slip after a 25-ball 47. It also ends a 91-run opening stand that has effectively killed this game.

Rajasthan - sloppy and unlucky!

Rahul Tripathi puts down a skier from Narine at point. Lynn is all smiles after getting an inside edge that kisses the leg stump without removing the bail! Dhawal Kulkarni is unlucky twice in the same over!

As an aside, that's the third time that the bail hasn't come off in IPL 2019. There could be some investigation into this pretty soon.

Narine tees away!

K Gowtham is given the ball against Narine. And Rahane would be quickly left wondering why! Narine smashes Gowtham for 4 0 6 4 4 4 to take 22 off the over!

Innings break: Rajasthan restricted to 139

The big shots simply seemed too difficult to pull off against some good bowling for this pitch. Smith remains unbeaten on 73. KKR will fancy their chances of chasing this down but that start could be crucial.

WICKET: Tripathi falls

The slow cutter does the trick again for Gurney. Tripathi tries to loft it on the offside but skies a catch to mid off. Not an easy pitch to be playing these shots.

Fifty for Steve Smith

It won't be known for its fluency but this is an important innings (50 off 44 currently) for Steve Smith, and his team. This will be a knock that Smith will cherish after much troubles on the personal front. And he's giving Rajasthan some hope of still getting to a par score. They're 103 with five more overs to go.

WICKET: Gurney gets Buttler

He had to kick on at some point. He hits Gurney over the ropes once but fails trying for an encore. The big ground at Jaipur must have played a part, as could have the strong wind blowing across. For Buttler seemed to have creamed a slower cutter but it goes straight into the hands of a well-placed deep mid wicket. Out for a 34-ball 37. KKR still in control.

A steady stand

Buttler and Smith have put on over 60 now but they haven't been able to find the boundaries. They are well set, but Royals will need at least one of them to start hitting over te ropes soon.

Rajasthan kept quiet in the powerplay

They've got just 28 in the powerplay. There have been four overs from spin - three from Chawla and one from Narine - which have been difficult to get away. Chawla has outstanding figures of 3-0-13-0 in the powerplay. But the good thing for the Royals is that they still have Buttler in. Interestingly this is Rajasthan's lowest Powerplay score this season, it's also the second-lowest overall in IPL 2019!

WICKET: Prasidh gets Rahane

Rajasthan's captain has fallen in just the second over. A skiddy length delivery from Prasidh Krishna traps Rahane plumb in front. He walks off without a review.

Toss: KKR opt to bowl

Sanju Samson remains unfit for Rajasthan. They've made two changes, bringing in Prashant Chopra and S Midhun. KKR replace Lockie Ferguson with Harry Gurney.

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna

Will Russell mania continue?

That'll be the question on everyone's minds as Kolkata Knight Riders take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. He's clicked with the bat in all the games he's played so far. Rajasthan will need to have their plans on point to counter the most dangerous batsman in the IPL this year. The possible battle between Jofra Archer and Russell promises to be a treat. But there's more to look forward too. Will Sanju Samson be fit to make a return? That'll be answered soon, at the toss.

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