RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 Live Score: Sanju Samson holds the key after RR lost Shivam Dube in pursuit of Varun Chakravarthy, who reclaimed his second wicket. Chris Morris got four wickets with the ball as the Rajasthan Royals limited Kolkata Knight Riders to 133 for 9 after choosing to play first in IPL 2021 Game No.18 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today . Morris finished 4 for 23 – his best IPL numbers as none of the KKR hitters started. Only Rahul Tripathi was among the points with his 36 innings. Previously, RR captain Sanju Samson had won the draw and had no hesitation in choosing to play first against Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders. RR made two changes on his side while KKR replaced Kamlesh Nagarkoti with Shivam Mavi. Both sides desperately need a victory to get their Indian Premier League campaign back on track.
OUTSIDE! Shivam Dube went for the extravagant sweeping shot, but ended up getting a top edge and Prasidh Krishna takes an easy catch from the short third man. Can KKR return thigs?
Sunil Narine concedes 8 in his over. We’re halfway through the pursuit of the RR and they’re comfortably placed at 80 to 2, need 54 more runs to win in 60 balls, that should be a cake walk but we saw some fun things happening. produce in the IPL.
The referees signal the first strategic time-out and there is no price to guess which side is happier. RR is 72 for 9, chasing 134 for the win with two set batsmen Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube in the crease.
SIX! It’s hammered! Short delivery on off, Samson pulls it over the central wicket for maximum. That’s the thing with Samson, he looks like a billion dollars when he goes.
Narine landed a free kick in the seventh. But it was well played because only one single came out.
Varun Chakravarthy has been impressive again this season. After a decisive season in IPL 2020, Varun is also performing well in this edition and has regularly troubled drummers in powerplays.
OUTSIDE! End of a great round for Yashasvi Jaiswal. Shivam Mavi gets the breakthrough for KKR. Too much for the young southpaw, who looked slender but Mavi gets the last laugh. A good catch in the depths of Nagarkoti.
FOUR! What a photo of Yashasvi Jaiswal. It’s in one form or another today. A fuller delivery from Chakravarthy, slightly elevated, and Jaiswal leads her through the covers for another limit. RR: 30/1 after 4 overs.
OUTSIDE! Varun Chakravarthy immediately jumps into the action. Jos Buttler greeted him with a booming cover order for a limit, then spinner KKR returned with a delivery that spun back to hit Buttler right in front. Buttler goes for 5.
FOUR! Brilliant use of Yashasvi Jaiswal’s feet. He looks exquisite today. Just a shimmy on the pitch and get him past the midfield on the defender to collect a limit. RR got off to a good start.
OUCH! It must have hurt. A quick bouncer from Pat Cummins, Buttler looked to pull him but was beaten for pace and the ball hit the back of his helmet. He looked nervous and right now the physiotherapists are in the middle to check for a concussion. Looks like Buttler is doing fine and will continue.
FOUR! Two in a row! Available width, exterior off. Yashasvi Jaiswal releases his arms and cuts them off past the dive point outfielder and up to the fence. FOUR! Elegant! Full ball, on the pads. Yashasvi Jaiswal takes him to the fence of the central gate. The deep square-leg defender crosses but cannot stop him.
A very good start from Shivam Mavi. He would have Yashasvi Jaiswal’s wicket if Shubman Gill had taken the capture at the back point.
BOWLED! The perfect finish of the sleeves for Rajasthan Royals and Chris Morris. He salutes Shivam Mavi for finishing with the numbers 4 for 23. The Royals of Rajasthan limit the Kolkata Knight riders to 133 for 9 after choosing to play first in Mumbai.
Pat Cummins hits a six but comes out in the next ball the Royals can’t hurt tonight. It was a superb bowling and fielding performance from the men in pink, the exact opposite for KKR.
Excellent catch by Chetan Sakariya! The timing of the jump was key here. Dines Karthik slapped him firmly towards the covers, where Sakariya jumped perfectly to grab onto a good hold. Morris has Karthik and Russell counters in 1.
No Dre Russ show tonight at Wankhede. Brilliant presence of mind from Chris Morris. Once again, the double bluff causes Russell to fall. Morris played a full delivery in Russell’s pads, squeezed him for room and he couldn’t hit him as far as long over the defenseman.
SIX! A full delivery from Chris Morris and Andre Russell awaited him, standing deep in the crease. He hits him directly over the bowlers’ heads and he hits the aiming screen. Can he give a boost to this KKR round?
The struggles for KKR are real. Chetan Sakariya gave three extras in this over but KKR still only managed to score 12. We say only 12 because KKR just over a run scores a ball with only 3 overs to go.
FOUR! After consecutive scoring balls, Karthik finds the middle of the bat and it’s a bounce four. This time Mustafizur was guilty of throwing his slower a bit short and Karthik was quick to get to the rear foot and pull it out into the gap for a four. The last 4 overs to go with KKR at 98/5.
OUTSIDE! I didn’t choose the slowest one at all and Rahul Tripathi ended up skiing it. Lots of height but no distance and Riyan Parag makes this capture so easy to stand halfway up the wicket. Tripathi has to go for 36, that will eventually bring Andre Russell to the middle.
One limit and five singles, KKR is always looking for that with multiple limits, but what a brilliant bowling of Sakariya. Camera pans to Andre Russell in the locker room, has KKR wasted their best hitter?
A single for Dinesh Karthik to go up his 1000 tracks while playing for KKR. He has played for many teams in the IPL but has been the most successful with KKR and they need him to finish well.
FOUR! Dinesh Karthik brought the sweep and made a great connection. No chance for the deep square-leg or mid-wicket fielder. The ball moves away like a ball to a limit. Tewatia must be careful, Karthik will come hard.
Good above Shivam Dube, only 5 runs from him and this KKR round is not going anywhere. None of their hitters except Tripathi have been able to score more than one hitting today and is reflected in their run rate which is lower even after the 13th overs has ended.
SIX! What an excellent shot. Amid all the chaos, Rahul Tripathi resumed his game and knocked out Rahul Tewatia for extra cover for his round of 16 of the game. He was thrown and Tripathi hopped onto the track, it was almost premeditated and was executed well.
Tragedy for KKR and Captain Eoin Morgan! He was hit hard by Rahul Tripathi who hit Eoin Morgan’s bat. Tripathi called for a single, Morgan answered but was fired. Morris got the ball back and whipped up the bail, Morgan had no chance of going back in time. There has never been a race. KKR 61/4 now.
Yashasvi Jaiswal takes a superb hold to send Sunil Narine back. There was only one way to play and this time he took advantage of the slower Unadkat and Jaiswal, who had dropped Gill earlier, takes a brilliant diving hold.
FOUR! Well now we all know why Suni Narine was promoted to No.4, not that we had any doubts about how he was going to conduct his innings but he just proves it by hitting his first ball halfway for a limit.
Sharp and taken! It wasn’t happening for Nitish Rana today and it is finally ending but kudos to Chetan Sakariya for standing by his line and his length. He was thrown on the back a length and Rana wanted to hit him on the field in the offside, but ended up gaining an outside advantage for goaltender Samson. Rana is going for 22.
Rahul Tewatia starts his spell with an 8 points, but that wouldn’t bother RR at all. KKR needs limits and he doesn’t get them as often as he would like. Rana is struggling to time today.
SIX! Cracking from the start. Unadkat erred in length and line and Nitish Rana just came back after picking the slower one early on short by pulling deep into the stands. Is this momentum changing? Can Rana make a difference now? KKR 37/1 after 7 overs.
FOUR! This is the intention that KKR lacked and Rahul Tripathi immediately showed his intention. He goes down the trail and hits Unadkat straight for a limit. He didn’t have the best timing but he had enough legs to beat Morris.
Excellent work from Jos Buttler. There wasn’t really a run but the runs weren’t coming, he had to do something and went for a quick single after a defensive push towards the mid-court. Buttler picked it up with one hand and hit the stumps with a throw under his arm. Gill goes for 11 out of 19 balls. KKR 25/1 after six overs.
Four point balls to start from Chris Morris, followed by a couple and another point ball, just two points from the top. The limits don’t come for KKR. They failed to take advantage of the power play and are 23/0 after 5 overs.
“I should have been swallowed,” Ian Bishop said in the commentary and it would have to be said that Bish was right. Jaiswal did the hard work of running for the ball but couldn’t hold onto it. Gill wanted to go over the top but this time it was slower from Mustafizur there was no timing he ended up slicing it towards the deep point but luckily the catch was not taken and he got 2 points.
FOUR! Nice photo of Shubma Gill. KKR needed this, there was too much pressure and Gill decided to take the air against Mustafizur Rahman. He was helped by the line of the birthing leg stump, but he did well to slide it into space.
Another good from Unadkat. There was a limit but other than that there were only two singles. Gill and Rana must break the chains of the two left-handers. KKR 14/0 after 3 overs.
FOUR! Make room for himself and direct the ball between the pointer and the third player for a limit. It was in the air but Rana made sure he was in the gap, the first limit of the KKR heats comes in at 3rd.
A single to deep point from Nitish Rana’s bat to the 2nd end on the KKR innings. Chetan Sakariya gave 5 points on his first pass. No swing vocals so far, but RR bowlers are bowling on the field and have so far been able to keep the boundaries clear.
Hidden from the rearfoot and Shubman Gill takes a quick single to stand out today. He needs a good score to get back into the groove.
Start with a wide on the side of the leg. Sakariya has been superb with the ball and kind of a revelation for the Royals this year. Will he be among the counters again?
Slower delivery from Unadkat to finish the top with a ball of points, a great start from the experienced setter, only 3 runs from it but more importantly he hit the right areas. KKR 3/0 after 1 out.
Short and wide Unadkat and Rana cut squares from the wicket but there is protection, the defender comes around but not before Rana comes back for a couple. KKR is irrelevant.
Jaydebv Unadkat starts off with a good delivery length which was negotiated safely with a defensive push from the back from Nitish Rana. Looks like the terrain has a good range.
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana will open the stick for KKR after RR chooses to play first. The two young Indian cricketers have to fight well against new ball players from RR Chetan Sakariya and Jaydev Unadkat.
I think everyone would be in the same boat. We played a game the other night where 220 seemed to be enough. We are playing our second game at Wankhede and it is better to know the conditions. The game being played here suits our game and I hope we can rectify them today. It was a great game of cricket: KKR captain Eoin Morgan at the toss.
I like to appreciate the team members, the management and everyone on the team, they are doing very well because there are a lot of positives even after losing a few key players; Jofra, Stokes and Liam just felt we always have a positive atmosphere and we trust our players to win games. We haven’t said much, in a tournament like IPL there will be ups and downs, it’s about trusting your players and playing good cricket: Captain RR Sanju Samson.
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (w), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (w / c), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
RR dropped Manan Vohra and chose Yashasvi Jaiswal while Jaydev Unadkat replaced Shreyas Gopal.
Fasten your seat belts and expect another highscore encounter today. Keeping the pitch small and the strike lane calm, the winning team should choose to play first: Darren Ganga and Nick Knight with the kickoff report at Wankhede in Mumbai.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris says RR bowlers need to play hard against Andre Russell of KKR with two field players in the point and third man area and mix it up with quick bouncers aiming his body for the spike for space. Will that be enough to stop Dr. Russ? Only time will tell, we are 10 minutes away from the RR vs KKR draw.
Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have so far surpassed the big guns of KKR. The two uncapped cricketers led the top-notch KKR in this IPL. Today they face off against left-wing Royals Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya.
The horsemen of Kolkata Knigh could send Harbhajan Singh back to their side. Here is our KKR Predicted XI vs RR: Subman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Hello & Good evening from Mumbai for Game 18 of #VIVOIPL 👍👍The @rajasthanroyals led by @ IamSanjuSamson will face off against @KKRiders, led by @ Eoin16. 👌👌 #RRvKKR Which team will come out on top tonight? pic.twitter.com/qWAzZ0LRHr
Captains who win the draw usually want to race because Wankhede is such a high ranking place, but you never know what might be in store in an IPL match between two teams desperate for a win.
The Royals of Rajasthan could make some changes on their side. Here is our RR Predicted XI vs KKR: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Andrew Tye, Chetan Sakariya
Much was expected of Shubman Gill. The right-hander is the only permanent member of the Indian squad among all players on the KKR side, but the youngster has been disappointing in all four matches he has played so far. He would be looking to put together a solid show on a batting-friendly Wankhede lane and a relatively weak RR bowling unit.
IPL’s costliest pick – 16.25 Cr – Chris Morris helped RR win the game against DC by hitting four sixes in the last two overs, but other than that his returns were moderate in IPL 2021. The South African all-rounder was far from impressive with the ball and it hurt the Royals a lot.
His skills as a captain have been top notch, but KKR captain Eoin Morgan is woefully short of points in this IPL. The quality left-hander who beats at the crucial # 4 position for KKR, has to be good for KKR, who can solve a lot of their problems. The England captain, however, said he hit the net well and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a big one.
The Rajasthan Royals bowlers have picked up the second-less wickets this season (19) and a lot has to do with their spinners not performing well this year. Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia and Raiyan Parag have only taken 2 wickets in this IPL so far. They also conceded points to over 10 years. Their key spinner Shreyas Gopal has yet to pick a wicket this season and has conceded at over 12.
Besides Russell’s form, Sunil Narine’s performance with the ball against CSK in his first IPL game of this year was one of the biggest positives for KKR. The experienced spinner can come in handy for keeping the tracks on a placid Mumbai track.
“We know KKR are a strong team, and they have a good balance. Just like us, I’m sure they’re also eager to bounce back, so it’ll be a tough challenge, and we’ll have to make sure we’re performing all three sides of our game well to win, ” Rajasthan Royals, Kumar Sangakkara.
RR captain Sanju Samson has drawn a lot of criticism and some of it from his biggest supporters like Sunil Gavaskar and Gautam Gambhir. After scoring 119 points in RR’s IPL opener, Samson recorded scores of 4, 1 and 21. The captain must come in and party if RR is to win against KKR and get his campaign back on track.
KKR might have failed to cross the line by chasing 221 against CSK, but they had a lot of positives to take from this game, but none greater than Andre Russell’s return to form. The great all-rounder scored 21 fifty with six sixes in it and threatened to take the game away from CSK when a delivery from Sam Curran ended his innings. Russell is reportedly looking to continue doing the same against RR today in Mumbai.
Manan Vohra, who has yet to cross the 15-point mark in this year’s IPL, scored just 42 points while opening the bat for the Royals in 4 games. The right-hander, who had been in fantastic form in Vijay Hazare tournaments, Syed Mushtaq, failed to replicate him in the IPL, leaving the Royals with a big problem in mind. They do, however, have the young and talented Yashasvi Jaiswal in their squad, who can be a perfect replacement for an out of form Vohra.
KKR has a 7-game losing streak at Wankhede Stadium in IPL. It was the second longest losing streak for a team at an IPL venue. KKR’s only victory at Wankhede Stadium in the IPL came in 2012. The Royals, on the other hand, have won 5 of 8 games against KKR at neutral IPL venues.
RR was hopeful that fast bowler Jofra Archer would be available for the second half of this year’s IPL, but the ECB has confirmed that the slim springer will not make it to the tournament as he has yet to regain his fitness. Archer will continue to train with his county of Sussex. This comes as a blow to RR who is already without Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone.
The horsemen of Kolkata Knight hold the upper hand in the one-on-one battle. KKR have won 12 of 22 games while the Royals have won 10 (including 2 via Super Over). The Knights had beaten RR twice in last year’s IPL in the UAE.
Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins for KKR and Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman for RR – the Rajasthan Royals and Knight Riders have some of the biggest names in the T20 world but a Somehow they haven’t yet been able to pull themselves together in the 2021 IPL. With three losses in four matches, both teams are in trouble and need a win.
Hello and welcome to the live webcast of Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021 Game No.18 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With just one win in three matches, RR and KKR are in desperate need of a win. Who will flash first?
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