IPL 2018 results and analysis; Kolkata vs Rajasthan

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"It's about taking one game at a time and play well", Kallis told reporters on the eve of their match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.

Rajasthan Royals' Ish Sodi witnessed one such incident during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 11 match.

Rajasthan began well with the bat as they reached to 50 runs on the at just 3.2 overs where Butler smashed 28 runs in a single over off Shivam Mavi. A lot depends on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine at the top of the order for KKR.

Narine successfully won a TV lbw referral against Sanju Samson (11) before Yadav had Ben Stokes caught off his own bowling in his last over as Rajasthan slipped to 7-107 in the 14th over.

The race for the play-offs spots is tight, with both KKR and RR sitting at third and fourth place respectively with 12 points each.

Known to be slow starters, Mumbai Indians looked like down and out of the playoff contention, but they made a remarkable comeback in the second half of tournament and put themselves in playoff contention. There, RR will try to take the revenge no doubt.

But then came the crash. Owing to a few wrong decisions by their batsmen, their ship came tumbling down.

After Russell gave KKR the opening they needed, Yadav imposed himself on RR and ended with figures of 4-0-20-4.

KKR batting, on the other hand, look a force with the likes of Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and youngster Shubman Gill - all in fine form. In the match against MI, he was hit for 43. It remains to be seen if he has recovered sufficiently for Tuesday's clash. From 63/0 around the fifth over mark, the Royals spectacularly lost their way and got bowled out for 142. But he hasn't been a strike bowler by any means - two wickets in 48 balls. Unable to keep abreast of the pace at which RR were cruising, Rahane fell looking to score of an unorthodox approach. They have been expensive this season, but at home, RR must be wary of them. It led to a series of poor shot selections and the consequences were in front of them to witness. Sometimes he slacks off, bowls a bad ball trying too much so I'm just trying to make him do as well as he can and stay consistent.

"If he had played for 10 more overs, the score would have been 170-180". 96/4. The slowness of the pitch helped the spinners to enjoy turn.

In his third over, Stuart Binny failed to read a googly, over-balanced and was convincingly stumped. When the ball was full, he drove fluently through the off-side.

Fifty was on the board for the visitors in just 3.2 overs, and Dinesh Karthik was found scampering up to his young pacers to offer some counsel, but in vain.

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