After restricting RR to 160/8, the two-time champions, who also won against Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in their last game, rode on Robin Uthappa's 36-ball 48 (6×4, 2×6) to set up the chase and eventually win with seven balls to spare posting 163/3 in 18.5 overs. Australian opener Chris Lynn was the only batsman to miss out as he was clean bowled for a duck by off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.
KKR became the first team to win 50 T20 games during the previous season. Sunil Narine (35) and Robin Uthappa (48) also made healthy contributions in the chase.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has crossed the 200 mark twice in four matches in this edition of the IPL -against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Uthappa put up a show that is expected of him, entertaining the crowd with a blazing knock that comprised six fours and two sixes. With the bat, Rana too chipped in by stitching an unbeaten 61-run partnership with Karthik for the fourth wicket to take Kolkata over the finishing line.
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With the exception of K Gowtham, the Rajasthan bowlers went for plenty and the worst of the lot was Jaydev Unadkat, who conceded 34 runs off his three overs without taking a single wicket. This was Kolkata's third victory in the ongoing season, which took them to the top of the table on the basis of the run rate ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The visitors, choosing to field first after skipper Karthik won the toss, were given a good start by wrist spinners Piyush Chawla (1/18) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) who combined well to leak just nine runs in the first three overs. The Royals skipper hit four consecutive boundaries to the delight of the crowd, changing the momentum. Samson, with the highest score of the tournament so far, 92 off just 45 balls, will be eyeing another astounding performance for his team.
For the hosts, Short was the top-scorer but never got going while explosive England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler helped them reach a fighting target with a 18-ball, 24 not out.