Chasing 172, RR got off to a poor start with Shakib Al Hasan castling Yashasvi Jaiswal in the first over, and Sanju Samson falling to Shivam Mavi in the second.
In the fourth over, Lockie Ferguson accounted for the wickets of Liam Livingstone and Anuj Rawat, both outdone by the pace from the Kiwi, leaving RR in tatters at 13/4. They managed just a single boundary in the entire powerplay, ending it at 17/4.
Shivam Dube and Glenn Phillips launched Sunil Narine for a maximum each in the seventh, before Mavi bowled both of them in the next over. In the ninth, Varun Chakaravarthy trapped Chris Morris lbw for a duck. RR now were 35/7. Unadkat holed out in the deep to give Ferguson his third wicket.
Rahul Tewatia, at the other end, freed his arms and showed his range, carting three fours in an over to Mavi before smacking the spinners for a couple of cracking sixes. His innings of 44 runs was ended by Mavi.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first by RR, KKR openers, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer started cautiously with ticking around singles. Though both of them tried to hit the RR bowlers, the sticky nature of the Sharjah pitch didn’t allow them to smoke boundaries. RR couldn’t break the pair in the powerplay who scored 34 runs in the first six overs with Gill hitting the solitary six in the powerplay.
Iyer, who had hit a couple of boundaries, then freed his arms against Jaydev Unadkat, clobbering the pacer for a four and couple of sixes before getting bowled by Rahul Tewatia, failing to nail his reverse hit. Iyer departed after scoring 38 runs off 35 balls.
After hammering a four and a six, Nitish Rana fell to Glenn Phillips. Gill, on the other end, continued to stroke some sublime boundaries to notch up his fifty in 40 balls. Soon after, the opener got out trying to hit Chris Morris
Rahul Tripathi had started off in a blazing fashion smashing 3 fours in his first 9 balls, before getting bowled by Chetan Sakariya. A couple of more cameos from Dinesh Karthik and skipper Eoin Morgan, both of whom walloped a six each, helped KKR to 171.
Earlier in the day, KL Rahul led PBKS to a consolation victory over CSK.