Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 54 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai at 7:30 PM.
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs. RR crash out of IPL 2020
RR 129/9 after 19 overs: Shivam Mavi with a caught and bowled has picked his second wicket.
RR 127/8 after 18 overs: Kamlesh Nagarkoti gets a wicket as he ends Jofra Archer's campaign. Kolkata desperate to close out, with an eye on the net run-rate.
RR 123/7 after 17 overs: Shreyas Gopal with a couple of boundaries ensured KKR don't get to the 81-run winning margin, which means KKR's hopes now hinges on SRH.
RR 112/7 after 16 overs: Archer and Gopal are delaying the inevitable as Rajasthan requires 80 runs in 24 balls.
RR 107/7 after 15 overs: Eight down as Tewatia falls and KKR needs to win by 81 runs or more to overtake DC and RCB on NRR. DC and RCB will lock horns on Monday in what is a shoot-out for the second spot.
RR 101/6 after 14 overs: Cummins finishes with 4-0-34-4 and finally justifies his price tag. This show has kept Kolkata alive and the Australian with early strikes tilted the match in Kolkata's favour firmly.
RR 96/6 after 13 overs: Excellent from Chakravarthy as he bowls another tight over and Rajasthan's campaign is coming to an end.
RR 93/6 after 12 overs: Tewatia has smacked Narine for a boundary and then a six and his goal would be to take Rajasthan as close as possible to the total.
RR 81/6 after 11 overs: Varun Chakravarthy strikes to get Buttler and Kolkata now eyeing to close things quickly to improve net run-rate. Rajasthan, sinking fast and are almost out of the tournament.
RR 74/5 after 10 overs: Buttler and Tewatia ate ticking the scorecard and Kolkata aims to break this stand and seal the issue. The partnership is worth 37 off 30.
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RR 66/5 after 9 overs: Buttler smokes Narine for a huge six over long-on but the spinner comes back to give another four runs in his next five deliveries.
RR 56/5 after 8 overs: Tewatia and Buttler have found the boundary on a couple of occasions but Rajasthan has a mountain to climb. Kolkata will aim to wrap up as quickly as possible.
RR 45/5 after 7 overs: Sunil Narine into the attack and he gives just four from his opening over.
RR 41/5 after 6 overs: Varun Chakravarthy into the attack and with Kolkata five down, he has enough room to experiment and further dent Rajasthan. Butter is joined by Rahul Tewatia.
RR 37/5 after 5 overs: Pat Cummins strikes and he removes Riyan Parag to leave Rajasthan five down. A bumper from Cummins, Parag was late for the pull, gets an edge and Kartik takes another excellent catch.
RR 32/4 after 4 overs: Shivam Mavi has induced a nick from Sanju Samson and Dinesh Karthik swallows it to leave Rajasthan in huge trouble. This is such a brilliant start by Kolkata and the catch by Karthik has set the tone for the two-time champions.
RR 32/3 after 3 overs: Kolkata bossing the game at the moment as Pat Cummins gets Ben Stokes and Steve Smith to put the Knights on top. A stunning catch from Dinesh Karthik packed off Stokes and then an inside edge saw Smith walking back. What a spell from Cummins.
RR 27/1 after 2 overs: Shivam Mavi has given Stokes a golden life as misses a simple run-out chance. Dinesh Karthik is furious and how costly it would be for KKR..
RR 19/1 after 1 over: Ben Stokes is up and running with a boundary and a maximum but Cummins strikes with the wicket of Uthappa as the opener flicks straight into the hands of Kamlesh Nagarkoti at the deep.
Alright we are back for the chase and it will be Robin Uthappa along with Ben Stokes. For Kolkata it will be Pat Cummins with the new ball.
End of Innings: KKR 191/7 after 20 overs
Captain Morgan delivers the goods with the bat with a brilliant unbeaten 35-ball 68 and powers Kolkata to a dominating 191/7. Rajasthan was in control of the game with wickets at regular intervals but once Morgan started finding the boundaries, he went on a relentless attack. A tough chase awaits the Royals.
KKR 182/6 after 19 overs: First fifty of the season for captain Morgan and both Cummins and Morgan hammer Stokes for 24 runs in the penultimate over to get KKR past the 180-run mark.
KKR 158/6 after 18 overs: Excellent from Archer as he tightens things by giving just six runs. Morgan inching towards his fifty and Cummins too contributing in a healthy fashion.
KKR 152/6 after 17 overs: Morgan is five short of a wonderful half-century and the 150 is up for Kolkata.
KKR 146/6 after 16 overs: Kartik Tyagi makes an excellent comeback after being hammered for two sixes as he gets Andre Russell. Morgan holds key here as Kolkata aims at least 180.
KKR 132/5 after 15 overs: Morgan has found his range and Russell joins the party with a boundary to the third man boundary and then launches Archer into the dee mid-wicket stands.
KKR 121/5 after 14 overs: Captain Morgan has smoked Shreyas Gopal for 21 runs and this is poor bowling from the spinner. Morgan starts with two boundaries - first a powerful drive down the ground and then smashes through covers. He then launches Gopal high over long-off and then goes over wide long-on.
KKR 100/5 in 13 overs: Rahul Tewatia has put Rajasthan on top as the spinner removes Dinesh Karthik for a duck. Karthik tried to flick but ends up getting an inside edge that flew straight into the hands of Steve Smith at mid-wicket.
KKR 94/4 after 12 overs: Shreyas Gopal has further dented Kolkata by dismissing Tripathi, who looked in good shape, until he tried to clear deep square leg where Ron Uthappa took an excellent running catch.
KKR 88/3 after 11 overs: Excellent change in variation from Tewatia as he denies Morgan any room and bowls wide when the KKR skipper charged down the track. Just 4 off the over.
KKR 84/3 after 10 overs: Eoin Morgan gets hold of a Kartik Tyagi short ball and pulls over fine leg to give Kolkata some momentum.
KKR 68/1 after 8 overs: Tripathi and Gill motoring on nicely and Kolkata going at a fair clip with the run-rate touching nearly nine.
KKR 64/1 after 7 overs: Tripathi is in the mood today as he dispatches Rahul Tewatia into the long-on stands and what a brilliant recovery this has been from Kolkata.
KKR 55/1 after 6 overs: Tripathi and Gill have made the recovery and have negated the fall of Nitish Rana for a duck.
KKR 43/1 after 5 overs: Tripathi has launched Stokes over the deep backward square for a maximum and Kolkata is up and running.
KKR 32/1 after 4 overs: Shubman Gill on the attack as he smacks Shreyas Gopal for two boundaries - first goes over mid-off and then tonks over long-on. Tripathi gets into the act by sweeping through the deep mid-wicket region and then pulls through mid-wicket to make it 17 off the over.
KKR 15/1 after 3 overs: Excellent over by Archer as he gives just a couple of runs and Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a single.
KKR 13/1 after 2 overs: Shubman Gill gets going with two cracking boundaries and punishes Varun Aaron for a 12-run over.
KKR 1/1 after 1 over: Jofra Archer strikes early and he removes Nitish Rana for a duck. Rana wasted a review too as he clearly nicked the delivery but still went for the review.
Toss: Rajasthan Royals wins toss, Smith opts to bowl
Out walk the two umpires and the Royals sprint into the field. Shubman Gill along with Nitish Rana will open the batting for Kolkata and it will be Jofra Archer with the new ball.
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Changes: KKR - Andre Russell is back, Lockie Ferguson is out and so does Rinku Singh. Shivam Mavi comes in. | RR - Unchanged
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IPL 2020 Form Guide: (last 5 matches | win:loss)
KKR - The team has two wins from its last five matches (2:3)
RR - The franchise has three victories from its last five games (3:2)
It is a do-or-die battle for both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
A win will not guarantee either side a place in the playoffs. The results of the other games will also come into play for identifying the qualifiers.
THE BEST PERFORMERS THIS SEASON (FROM KKR & RR)
2) Sanju Samson (RR) - 374
5) Steve Smith (RR) - 307
Head-to-head: (21 matches- KKR 11 | RR 10)
The two teams have faced each other 21 times in the IPL so far, and KKR holds a 11-10 head-to-head win/loss record over RR.
Position on the Points Table:
Kolkata currently occupies the seventh position in the 2020 IPL points table with 12 points from 13 outings, which include six wins and seven losses. Meanwhile, Rajasthan is placed sixth in the standings with 12 points, having won six games and lost seven.
IPL 2020 Points Table Today
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2) Varun Chakravarthy (KKR) - 15
3) Shreyas Gopal (RR) - 9
5) Rahul Tewatia (RR) - 7
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Mayank Markande, David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-keeper), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Siddhesh Lad, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik and Ali Khan.
Game No. 54: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Date: November 1, Sunday.
Time: 7:30 p.m. IST.
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