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Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets
KKR
145/4 - 18/20 ov
RR
142 - 19/20 ov
Match 49, Kolkata

A ruthless display after the initial Buttler-Tripathi carnage. They've put themselves in a superb position for qualifying for the Playoffs, and know that if they win their final game, they qualify. For RR, they need a lot to go right, and that won't be easy with Buttler and Stokes now leaving for international duty. Thanks very much for your company today, and we'll see you tomorrow for Match 50. It really is the final fling of VIVO IPL 2018!

MoM: Kuldeep Yadav

Karthik: "I think RR started off brilliantly. The fightback shows our character. Once we got a chance, we didn't let them get back into it. It's about keeping the energy levels up. Kuldeep is an international quality cricketer. As a captain, I have to make sure he's in the right mind space. He works really hard, and you can see the results. Qualification is in our hands, but that's a scary thing!"

Rahane: "I think the intent was positive. When I went in, I wanted to carry on the momentum. It's not all up to Jos. All batsmen should take responsibility. Jaydev showed if you applied yourself, you can get runs. We had runs on the board and it was important to pick up wickets. I felt on this wicket that 170-180 would have been decent. We still have a chance of qualification. It's about learning from this game and moving forward. We'll miss Jos and Stokesy. I'm really happy for Jos getting the Test call up. We will miss them."

Kolkata Knight Riders win by 6 wickets

End of Over 18 - 16 runs KKR 145/4
Dinesh Karthik41* (31b 5x4 1x6)
Andre Russell*11* (5b 2x4)

Six! Finished with a flourish! Back of a length, hammered over long off, and that's the game

17.6 J Archer to D Karthik, SIX, 148.35 km/h short length outside off stump.

Four! Thick outside edge as Karthik looks to punch it down the ground. Away to third man and it's four more

17.5 J Archer to D Karthik, FOUR, 145.85 km/h good length just outside off stump.
17.4 J Archer to D Karthik, no run, 147.02 km/h full length on middle stump.
17.3 J Archer to A Russell, one run, 145.81 km/h full toss on middle stump.

Four! That's going to travel along the carpet to an All Hands meeting in London next week! Well, it would have had the boundary fence not got in the way. Full from Archer and smashed by Russell. Such a silky timer

17.2 J Archer to A Russell, FOUR, 145.12 km/h full length just outside off stump.
17.1 J Archer to D Karthik, one run, 135.66 km/h short length on leg stump.
End of Over 17 - 10 runs KKR 129/4
Dinesh Karthik*30* (27b 4x4)
Andre Russell6* (3b 1x4)
16.6 J Unadkat to D Karthik, one run, 122.35 km/h short length just outside off stump.
16.5 J Unadkat to D Karthik, no run, 131.89 km/h short length outside off stump.
16.4 J Unadkat to D Karthik, no run, 133.97 km/h good length just outside off stump.

Four! Silk! Beautiful from Karthik. Waits for this to come to him and just diverts it round the A30 rush hour traffic past Buttler and away for four

16.3 J Unadkat to D Karthik, FOUR, 138.55 km/h short length just outside off stump.
16.2 J Unadkat to A Russell, one run, 119.63 km/h short length just outside off stump.

Four! Punished! Short from Unadkat round the wicket, and Dre Russ is in death overs hitting mode. Smashed through backward point

16.1 J Unadkat to A Russell, FOUR, 129.7 km/h short length just outside off stump.
End of Over 16 - 3 runs, 1 wicket KKR 119/4
Dinesh Karthik25* (23b 3x4)
Andre Russell*1* (1b)
15.6 B Stokes to D Karthik, no run, 140.5 km/h good length on middle stump.
15.5 B Stokes to D Karthik, no run, 146.73 km/h full length on middle stump.
15.4 B Stokes to A Russell, one run, 144.22 km/h full length on leg stump.

Review! A review in desperation? Good bowling by Stokes pins Karthik on the pads. It looks to be possibly going down leg so they try to sneak a single. It's Umpire's Call on hitting. NOT OUT!

15.3 B Stokes to D Karthik, 1 leg bye.

Wicket! Now then! Is this a twist in the tale? Lynn tried to finish this off sharpish, but takes on the short ball and slaps it to deep point. Didn't get enough of this and it finds the man in the deep

15.2 B Stokes to C Lynn, WICKET!!! C Lynn is out c Anureet Singh b Ben Stokes, 124.47 km/h short length outside off stump.
15.1 B Stokes to D Karthik, one run, 137.75 km/h good length on middle stump.
End of Over 15 - 7 runs KKR 116/3
Chris Lynn45* (41b 5x4 1x6)
Dinesh Karthik*24* (19b 3x4)

Close! An absolute beauty to finsih. Sodhi's been borderline unplayable at times. Beats the outside edge. Simply majestic

14.6 I Sodhi to C Lynn, no run, 87.21 km/h good length outside off stump.
14.5 I Sodhi to C Lynn, two runs, 83.78 km/h full length just outside off stump.
14.4 I Sodhi to C Lynn, no run, 85.49 km/h good length outside off stump.
14.3 I Sodhi to D Karthik, one run, 79.39 km/h good length outside off stump.

Four! Karthik now wants to start finishing this game off. Goes for the reverse sweep and gets it past short third man

14.2 I Sodhi to D Karthik, FOUR, 86.03 km/h good length just outside off stump.
14.1 I Sodhi to D Karthik, no run, 82.55 km/h full length outside off stump.
End of Over 14 - 10 runs KKR 109/3
Chris Lynn43* (38b 5x4 1x6)
Dinesh Karthik*19* (16b 2x4)

Four! Close! A touch of luck with that one! Lynn tries to smash this over mid-wicket, gets a top edge, but his luck's in, as it flies over the keeper's head

13.6 J Archer to C Lynn, FOUR, 142.64 km/h short length on off stump.
13.5 J Archer to D Karthik, one run, 139.36 km/h good length just outside off stump.
13.4 J Archer to D Karthik, no run, 140.02 km/h short length just outside off stump.
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