KKR knock Royals out of IPL

Published : 8:45 am  May 24, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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AFP – Skipper Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) knock Rajasthan Royals (RR) out of this cricket season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 25-run win in the eliminator yesterday.

Karthik, who made 52, and Russell, who smashed 49 not out, helped Knight Riders to 169 for seven, a total their bowlers defended by restricting Royals to 144 for four at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla claimed two wickets including danger man Sanju Samson for 50 to choke Royals out of the do-or-die contest of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who made 46, and Samson put on 62 runs for the second wicket as Royals’ chase looked on course at 109 for one. But Rahane’s wicket spelt trouble for the 2008 champions. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who got Rahane caught and bowled, returned excellent figures of one for 18 to keep Knight Riders alive in the title race. Two-time champions Knight Riders will now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier in Kolkata on Friday to try and book a title clash with Chennai Super Kings.