"We have to win the next match straightaway". They need to win their final game against RCB - a convincing margin will help - and hope that Mumbai don't win their last two games. But by his own admission, Kuldeep said he was determined to turn things around in front of the Australian spin legend, who is the mentor of Rajasthan Royals team.
The match was grounded at the home venue of KXIP and so, they were the favourite undeclared. Steady batting was all they needed after an electric start. Both the teams have won six out of their twelve games. There, RR will try to take the revenge no doubt.
KXIP can not afford to lose either of their next two matches as their NRR took a heavy beating following their 10-wicket loss to RCB.
The game of cricket often witnesses some clinical catches, unplayable deliveries and confusing run-outs take place but on a few occasions, some really weird dismissals are also produced which leave not just the batsmen, but everyone in the stadium baffled. Rajasthan Royals still have a chance of qualifying but it would be really hard seeing to the current scenarios. But the work will be very tough.
Mavi's second over over was the season's joint-most expensive one, with the U-19 World Cup winning pacer conceding 28 against Shreyas Iyer versus Delhi Daredevils as well. As a player when you get picked in a test team, it's everyone's dream that they represent their country in the longer format. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.
Having got RR out at 142, KKR stuttered at times but remained steady to overhaul the target in 18 overs. It was a great decision.
Rajasthan Royals got off the block like a 100M sprinter reaching 59 for no loss in a little over four overs. But Short and captain Rahane scored 2 and 5 runs respectively. They scored two runs off the first over, added 57 runs in the next three overs, and lost their way completely thereafter.
If they lose to KXIP on Wednesday, their campaign will end as two teams (either SRH or KKR and KXIP) will have 14 points.
Later, Kings XI Punjab started to chase the score.
Earlier, RR made a rollicking start. Gayle was failed in that day. For Bangalore, Kohli has been the standout batsman once again after notching up 511 runs so far at an average of 57.11.
Now, with Buttler set to leave, Tripathi may have been pushed up the order so he can play the role of the aggressor from the next game. According to ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats, his runs were worth 75 more considering match context, among the best in IPL 2017. So we obviously have to make sure we have some good plans against him and the rest of the batters as well.
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