Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets

The more we get frustrated the more it is going to get tougher.

Having arrived at the crease with the score at 139-4 in the 16th over, Russell managed a single from his first four legal deliveries as the Royal Challengers appeared on course to break their duck in this season's competition.

His superb form has seen KKR surge to victories from hard positions right from their season opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Delhi Capitals: 152-6 in 18.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 69) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore: 149-8 (Virat Kohli 41, Moeen Ali 32, Kagiso Rabada 4-21) by 4 wickets.

Chahal was the most economical bowler for RCB.

Despite Russell's recent heroics, KKR would also be vary of their death overs bowling and the form of their batsmen.

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After such an all-round performance, it was no surprise to find a very happy captain Karthik at the post-match presentation ceremony. A whisker of a gap between the bails and the ball above gave him another chance. But Russell was there to come and take the team past the finish line once again. The second was a copy, though not as sweetly connected as the first, but the end result was the same.

MUMBAI: Kolkata Knight Riders team owner and Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan lauded was so impressed with Andre Russell's match-winning knock in Friday's game against RCB that he lauded the Caribbean player's performance in filmy style, sharing a picture of Russell as the mighty Bahubali in one of his tweets.

The Knight Riders will also be happy that they won without any significant contribution from the red-hot Andre Russell. De Villiers too was in his element, smashing five fours and four maximums. It was only in the seventeenth over, when RCB had to up the ante, that Virat broke the shackles; he choose the teenage leg-spinner Lamichhane and hit him for consecutive sixes.

Earlier, Kohli and de Villiers hammered the bowlers at will during their entertaining stand.

However, his whirlwind knock made the task of 53 runs from the final three overs a breeze, with the five-wicket triumph lifting Kolkata up to second on the table.

In the last over, Marcus Stoinis belted 18 runs off Prasidh with the help of two boundaries and a six, pushing the total past 200 mark. The Karnataka seamer finished with figures 41/0 off three overs on a forgettable day at his homeground.

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