Ajinkya Rahane rues Rajasthan Royals' lack of partnerships in loss

Kolkata Knight Riders on their way to the Play-offs

Kolkata Knight Riders on their way to the Play-offs

With this victory, KKR have collected 14 points but will stay on the third spot.

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders may not have been consistent so far in this year's IPL but chief coach Jacques Kallis believes it's a matter of playing two good games which can seal a playoff berth for them. With 18 points from 12 matches, Kane Williamson's men are bound to finish among the top two teams, which means that they will get two bites of the cherry if needed to make it to the summit clash.

Wednesday's IPL encounter sees another key play-off battle as fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab take on sixth-placed Mumbai Indians. If they win both games, they are assured of qualification regardless of other results.

If RR does beat Kolkata, they need to win their last league game against RCB by a huge margin to boost their NRR, to stand any chance of qualification. But for things to turn around for the Royals, every aspect of their game needs to improve and click for them in the remaining four games. The 2018 IPL's costliest auction buy had been struggling to read Kuldeep out of the hand.

The short answer is, yes. He moved forward to play the ball but Karthik reacted quickly and dislodged the bails. Then I dismissed Jos Buttler in my next over.

Buttler hit six boundaries in an over for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on the day he was recalled to England's Test squad.

"After the magnificent start given by Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler, we did not string any partnerships". How many runs will he score today?

After being put into bat, Rajasthan should have lost the wicket off the first ball from seamer Shivam Mavi but Nitish Rana couldn't hold on to a sharp chance of Rahul Tripathi (27) at slip. KKR's attack is not the same as it was under Wasim Akram, especially after the injuries they have suffered all season.

Making it more remarkable is the fact that Sodhi was snubbed at January's auction, despite making it to No 1 in the ICC T20 bowling rankings and producing some starring performances for Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash League.

How did Royals lose their way from 63 for 0 in 4.4 overs? Rahane himself faced 12 of those 15 balls, which may have helped disrupt some of Buttler's rhythm.

With none of their middle-order batsmen showing any fight, it would have been worse for RR but No. The team scored 19 runs in the second over of the innings while the total of 28 runs in the third over of the innings.

A spinner to Narine in the first over? The batsmen wrapped up the good job done by their bowlers to make sure that the Eden Gardens saw the hosts win by 6 wickets. Thanks to Narine's early assault, Chris Lynn could play all these bowlers with a degree of care, and anchor the innings while scoring at roughly a run a ball. Narine is a marauding hitter of spin, though, and opening with Gowtham was a gamble.

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