IPL 2018: Kolkata cruise to six-wicket win against Rajasthan
Kolkata defeated Rajasthan by six wickets to save their chances of making it to the play-offs in the ongoing Indian premier league (IPL).
Skipper Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 41 as Kolkata moved to third place with 14 points in their kitty.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine opened for the franchise and gave them the required start.
Narine smashed 21 runs in just 7 balls which included two boundaries and two sixes.
However, it is Ben Stokes who had put a full stop to his inning today.
Chris Lynn continued the attack and made 45 runs before being dismissed by Stokes.
It was then that Karthik played a skipper's knock and took his team to victory side.
Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav bowled a fantastic spell and took four wickets to end Rajasthan's inning for mere 142 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Put into bat, Rajasthan got a great start as openers Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi began attacking the Kolkata bowlers from the first ball.
They together established a partnership of 63 runs before Rahul Tripathi lost his wicket to Russell after making 27 runs.
In-form Buttler continued his attack but also lost his wicket soon to  Kuldeep Yadav after contributing 39 runs in just 22 balls.
His inning included five boundaries and two huge sixes.
However, it was the downline which failed to capitalise the start as skipper Ajinklya Rahane was clean bowled by Yadav on 11 runs.
Yadav struck again and dismissed Ben Stokes and Stuart Binny for 11 and 1 respectively.
Apart from Yadav, Andre Russell and Prasidh Krishna took two wickets each.
Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine managed to take one wicket apiece.
Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to field against Ajinkya Rahane-led side.
Karthik believed that his team has performed well while chasing the targets in previous clashes, so taking advantage of the toss would benefit the Knights.
On the other hand, Anjinkya Rahane said that he is happy to bat first in the do-or-die match.
For Rajasthan, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh and Rahul Tripathi have included in the squad.
For Kolkata, Shuvam Mavi is fit and healthy but Piyush Chawla is out over some health issues.