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KKR still have their playoffs fate in their own hands
KKR WIN BY 86 RUNS!
They finish with a NRR of +0.59 and 14 points in the league stage. This has been a tremendous show from KKR, they've ticked all the boxes they would have started the game with. Mavi picks up the final wicket with Tewatia dragging on.
This win also effectively puts KKR in the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians will need nothing short of a miracle to pip them from here. Specfically, MI have to win by around 171 runs after scoring 200 to get past KKR's NRR. If they chase, they can't go beyond KKR's NRR.
Third for Lockie
Unadkat tries to go big but ends up slicing a quick delivery to sweeper cover. Rajasthan have moved up slightly now, to 62 as they lose their eighth wicket.
7 down for 35!
Varun Chakravarthy gets into the act now. Morris tries to sweep but is hit plumb in front. RR having a total nightmare.
Three for Mavi!
Glenn Philipps is hurried for pace and misses a straight one. He then cranks it up against Shivam Dube as well, getting him bowled similarly. RR slip to 34/6!
WICKETS: Two in an over for Lockie Ferguson
Liam Livingstone falls first skying a pull to deep square leg where Rahul Tripathi takes a good tumbling catch. Anuj Rawat is then hurried for pace with a straight one that traps him LBW plumb in front. Rajasthan have slipped to 13/4.
WICKET: Samson falls too
He chips Shivam Mavi's first ball to midwicket and has given KKR a dream start already. They're 1/2 in 1.1.
WICKET: Shakib strikes early
He's been brought in to bowl the opening over, Yashasvi Jaiswal tries a reverse sweep but misses and is bowled. Early boost for KKR.
KKR finish with 171
It has been quite a clinical effort from KKR. They were steady upfront and kept wickets in hand despite a slow run-rate. But once they got a 79-run opening stand, it allowed everyone else coming after to throw their bat around. They managed 102 in the last 10 overs to finish with the highest score at Sharjah in this leg. They've ticked all the boxes with the bat, can they do it with the ball as well?
They are trying go hard with the end overs approaching. Both Gill and Tripathi fall in the pursuit of quick runs, Morris and Sakariya get a wicket each.
Fifty for Gill!
WICKET: Rana falls too
He came in with the aim of upping the ante, managed a coupe of boundaries as well. But is caught at the boundary while trying to take on Glenn Philips.
WICKET: Tewatia breaks the stand
Venkatesh Iyer tries the switch hit against Tewatia but misses a straight delivery and is bowled. That ends a 79-run opening stand.
Opening stand goes past fifty
From the KKR dugout, Harbhajan Singh mentions that their strategy has been to pace their innings well, and not panic on this pitch. He reckons that the boundaries won't be easy to come by, and with that as a parameter KKR have done pretty well.
KKR kept in check
They haven't lost a wicket, and yet KKR have not really managed to start the innings at a great pace. Both batsmen have tried to get down the track but the boundaries have evaded them. Only 34 from the powerplay.
– If RR win with 9 overs (approx) to spare, KKR will go below Punjab Kings
– If RR win with 11 overs (approx) to spare, KKR will go below Punjab Kings & MI
Toss: Rajasthan opt to bowl
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson(w/c), Glenn Phillips, Anuj Rawat, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
KKR still have their playoffs fate in their own hands. A victory in this game will effectively see them through to the next round. Even a close victory will leave Mumbai Indians with a very huge mountain to climb in their final game. For RR, who are ruing lost opportunities, they will need to beat KKR by 125 runs, and then hope that Mumbai lose by 40 runs tomorrow if they are to make it to the playoffs.
With both Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson having started training and “firing in full cylinders”, KKR's confidence will be further bolstered. The NRR has largely been KKR's nemesis over the years but this time, their ally, writes Pratyush Sinha as he previews the KKR-RR clash.