KKR keep their play-offs qualification hopes alive in IPL 2018

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

"It went according to my plan", Kuldeep said after the match.

However, once the openers got out, it was the same old story for Rajasthan. How many runs will he score today? With this, KKR have gone to 14 points, putting themselves in pole position to seal one of the two remaining playoff spots. "The intent was positive from the team".

Speaking at the post-match presentation, a disappointed Rahane said: "I think the intent was positive".

The game of cricket often witnesses some clinical catches, unplayable deliveries and confusing run-outs take place but on a few occasions, some really freaky dismissals are also produced which leave not just the batsmen, but everyone in the stadium baffled.

"We still have to believe in ourselves". Even in T20 cricket, you have to apply your mind. DK and Russell showed their prowess amply against Punjab, while Uthappa, Rana, and Gill are all in good touch too.

"I'm always a big fan of him (Warne)". Heavily depending on Jos Buttler and his bat is both the team's strength and an Achilles heel.

"We know how the wicket will in Jaipur, so we are looking forward to that game". We have to learn from our mistakes.

Kuldeep Yadav bowled a magnificent spell of 4-0-20-4 for which he later won the "Man of the Match".

KKR bled 46 runs in 10 balls as the pair brought up their 50-run stand in 20 balls.

"He started really well in this match too". Whenever Narine has given them the start they are looking for, KKR have looked a risky side. Stokes returned to bowl the 16th over and added to his tally the wicket Lynn, to eventually finish with figures of 4-1-15-3.

Kuldeep soon consumed Jos Buttler, interestingly playing the reverse sweep of a quicker delivery.

"I don't try a lot because I try to succeed with my strengths only". It was in the left-arm spinner's next over though that he dealt the visitors with a body blow. Chasing a modest target, KKR rode Chris Lynn's 45 (42b; 5x4, 1x6) and captain Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 41 (31b, 4x5, 1x6) to ease past the line by posting 145/4 with two overs to spare.

The result leave Rajasthan fourth in the table with 12 points with a game against Bangalore to come.

While Rahane had no hesitation in accepting that the team is going to miss them, he was hopeful the replacements would try their best to fill the gap. We will definitely miss Jos and Ben as we all know how unsafe they are. Because, as a player, it's everyone's dream to represent their country in the longer format.

"I can not blame the bowlers, they bowled really well. For me it was the best wicket", he said. "We still have a chance to make the playoffs".