RR, KKR, KKR vs RR, IPL 2019
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Chasing 176, the Royals started well with Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson 53 runs in just 31 balls. However, the chase soon fell off the track when both the openers departed in quick succession. The visitors soon found themselves 5 down for just 98. Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal revived the hopes with a 25-run stand before Prasidh Krishna dismissed the latter.

The equation was finally down to 46 runs from the final four overs. Parag then starred with the bat and almost sealed the game for his before being hit wicket for 47 off just 31 balls. The Royals eventually won the game with 4 balls remaining.

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Earlier in the game, Dinesh Karthik led from the front, scoring an unbeaten 97 from 50 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders to 175 for 6 off their 20 overs. Asked to bat first, the Knight Riders were off to a disastrous start with Varun Aaron sending back openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill cheaply. Nitish Rana departed soon too as Knight Riders found themselves 3 down for just 43 and later 4 for 80.

To make the matters worse, their in-form star Andre Russell could also score only 14.

However, Karthik held firm from one end and remained unbeaten to take the Knight Riders to a competitive total. It was also his highest score in the IPL and the highest for Knight Riders since Brendon McCullum hit the famous 158* in the very first game of the tournament in 2008. Karthik hit his 18th half-century off 35 balls. But he changed gears towards the end of the innings to give Knight Riders’ bowlers something to bowl with.

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Karthik was batting on 66 off 41 balls at the end of the 18th over, In the next over from Jofra Archer, Karthik hit 2 sixes off the final 2 balls to move to 80. In the final over of the innings bowled by Jaydev Unadkat, he hit 4, 6 and 6. He needed another 4 off the final ball to get to a hundred but he only managed a single.

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