IPL 2020 KKR vs RR : KKR fights back to stay alive in playoff race, Rajasthan Royals exit from IPL 2020

IPL 2020 KKR vs RR: Captain Eoin Morgan played a captain’s knock abd Pat Cummins justified his multi-million dollar price tag while keeping Kolkata Knight Riders’ slender IPL play-off hopes alive with a resounding 60-run victory over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

On a day when it mattered, Morgan owned the stage with a power-packed 68 not out off 35 balls with a half a dozen of sixes apart from five boundaries in Kolkata Knight Riders’ 191 for 7.

Then it was the turn of Cummins (4/29) to produce a deadly opening spell that rattled the Royals and they could only muster 131 for 9 as another campaign ended without qualifying for the play-offs.

Varun Chakravarthy (2/20 in 4 overs) has been buoyed since his India call-up and produced another performance of note as Jos Buttler (35) and Rahul Tewatia (31) were the only notable contributors for Royals.

One of the highlights was a spectacular airborne take by Dinesh Karthik to dismiss Royals’ premier player Ben Stokes off Cummins’ bowling. Karthik had four catches on the day.

KKR finished the league stage with 14 points from 14 games with a net run-rate of -0.214, which currently puts them in fourth spot in the table for a day.

Their entry into the play-offs will now depend on the result of the matches between Delhi Capitals (-0.159) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (-0.145) as well as the one where Sunrisers Hyderabad (+0.555) take on defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified.

In case, SRH wins, KKR’s chances of qualification will hinge on a real poor defeat for either DC or RCB in their particular game.

Morgan top-notch knock was studded with six maximums and five fours as KKR amassed 59 in last five overs.

Earlier, Shubman Gill (36) and Rahul Tripathi (39) shared a 72-run stand for the second wicket, while Andre Russell had a 11-ball-25 to his credit.

For Royals, leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/25) and Kartik Tyagi (2/36) were the most successful bowlers.

Sent in to bat, Nitish Rana fell for a first-ball duck after he edged a Jofra Archer delivery and was caught behind. But the opener went for a review only to waste it early.

Shubman Gill (36), however, looked in good touch as he blasted three boundaries off Varun Aaron and then sent spinner Shreyas Gopal soaring over the ropes twice.

Rahul Tripathi (39), who looked uncomfortable against pace early on, also got into the act, smashing Gopal for a couple of fours as KKR scored 17 runs in the fourth over.

Ben Stokes then went for 11 runs with Tripathi pulling him for a six in the last ball.

The two batsman hit one four each off Aaron as KKR scored 55 for one in the powerplay.

Rahul Tewatia then struck twice, dismissing Gill and Sunil Narine (0) to reduce KKR to 74 for 3 in 9 overs. While Gill holed out to Jos Buttler at deep mid-wicket, Narine’s miscued shot landed safely in the hands of Stokes at long-on.

In the 13th over, Gopal returned to remove Tripathi, who was caught by Robin Uthappa at deep square leg.

Dinesh Karthik (0) then became the third victim of Tewatia after his inside edge was caught by Steve Smith at short mid-wicket as KKR slumped to 99 for 5.

Morgan then exploded, smashing Gopal for two fours and as many as sixes as KKR piled up 21 in the 14th over and their innings regained momentum.

Russell blasted successive sixes before being sent back by Kartik Tyagi.

In the 19th over, KKR racked up 24 runs off Stokes with Morgan picking up two sixes and a four.

Morgan then ended the innings with another six off the last ball.

Brief Scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders: 191/7 in 20 overs (Eoin Morgan 68 no off 35 balls, Rahul Tewatia 3/25).

Rajasthan Royals: 131 for 9(Jos Buttler 35, Rahul Tewatia 31, Pat Cummins 4/34).

IPL 2020 Latest Points Table

Pos Team Mat Won Lost Net Run Rate Pts
Q Mumbai Indians 13 9 4 1.296 18
2 Royal Challengers Bangalore 13 7 6 -0.145 14
3 Delhi Capitals 13 7 6 -0.159 14
4 Kolkata Knight Riders 14 7 7 -0.214 14
5 Sunrisers Hyderabad 13 6 7 0.555 12
6 Kings XI Punjab 14 6 8 -0.162 12
7 Chennai Super Kings 14 6 8 -0.455 12
8 Rajasthan Royals 14 6 8 -0.569 12

10.15pm
KKR wins by 60 runs

KKR wins it big by 60 runs. They have knocked RR out of the competition, and joins CSK and KXIP as the ousted teams. Two teams knocked out today. A solid collective performance from KKR bowlers. RR never looked ahead in chase. KKR still afloat in tournament, by a whisker. RR-131/9 after 20 overs

11.10pm

Mavi completes his spell. A wicket in the last over of the spell for him in form of Tyagi. He gave just 15 from his four and picked up two wickets. Just one over left. RR-129/9 after 19 overs; need more 63 from 6 balls

11.08pm
RR go 9 down

Ninth wicket goes down for RR as Mavi takes a completes a terrific caught and bowl to dismiss Kartik Tyagi. Good reflex catch and brains to hold on to it. One wicket left for KKR to seal the match

11.04pm

Nagarkoti picks up a wicket in his third over in form of Archer. Kartik Tyagi, right hand bat, comes in to bat. Gets off the mark on the first ball he faces. RR-127/8 after 18 overs; need more 65 from 12 balls

11.02pm
Archer falls cheaply; RR go 8 down

Archer walks back, makes room and hits it straight down the ground but not enough power on the ball and he has been holed out in the deep.

10.59pm

Narine completes his spell. Archer tricked on the first ball in the flight. Gopal with a reverse-sweep collect a boundary and then ends the over with a four again. RR-123/7; need more 69 runs in 18 balls.

10.53pm

RR-112/7 after 16 overs; need more 80 from 24 balls

10.48pm

Chakravarthy bowls out. Another top spell from the spinner. Two wickets for 19 off his four. A wicket in the last over his spell as well. KKR well and truly on top. RR- 107/7 after 15 overs; need more 85 from 30 balls

10.44pm
Big wicket for KKR; Tewatia falls for 31 as RR go 7 down

Karthik with another catch. Fuller this time from Chakravarthy as Tewatia attempted a slog sweep but did not connect, the ball went up, Karthik called for it and took it safely as the umpires signal for the strategic timeout

10.41pm
100 comes up for RR

All kinds of shots being tried by Tewatia. Cummins completes his spell. 4 for 34. RR have gone past 100 in the 14th over. RR-101/6 after 14 overs; need more 91 from 36 balls

10.35pm

Chakravarthy continues in the 13th. Gopal defends. KKR need to dismiss RR within 17 more runs to ensure qualification but it looks unlikely now. RR-96/6 after 13 overs; need more 96 from 42 balls

10.31pm
Tewatia attacks Narine!

Tewatia smacks Narine for a boundary and then a six and RR would be hoping more of this from their last remaining hope. Tewatia has a lot on his shoulders, can he deliver another big innings on this crucial night? RR-93/6 after 12 overs; need more 99 from 48 balls

10.27pm

Just when it appeared RR are slowly making a fightback, KKR strikes again. Chakravarthy back on and gets the big wicket of Buttler. Shreyas Gopal is the new man in. RR-81/6 after 11 overs; need more 111 from 54 balls

10.26pm
Chakravarthy strikes; RR go 6 down

Buttler departs. Short ball from the spinner, Buttler eyes the deep mid-wicket boundary and wanted to clear but could not connect well, the ball went to Cummins placed there.

10.22pm
We reach the halfway mark

Buttler and Tewatia ate ticking the scorecard and Kolkata aims to break this stand and seal the issue. The partnership is worth 37 off 30. Can they steady the RR chase? RR -74/5 after 10 overs; need more 118 runs in 60 balls.

10.14pm
Strategic Timeout taken!

RR-66/5 after 9 overs; need more 126 from 66 balls

10.12pm

Tewatia and Buttler have found the boundary on a couple of occasions but Rajasthan has a mountain to climb. Kolkata will aim to wrap up as quickly as possible. Who will stay alive in the Playoffs race? RR-56/5 after 8 overs; need more 136 from 72 balls

10.06pm
KKR tighten the lid with spin; Narine bowls from the other end

Mystery bowlers from both the ends as Narine begins his spell as well. Top start from the West Indian as he gives away just four in his first over. RR-45/5 after 7 overs; need more 147 from 78 balls

10.02pm
End of Powerplay!

Spin introduced in the form of Chakravarthy in the final over of the powerplay by Morgan. Keeps things tight- concedes just 4 runs. RR- 41/5 after 6 overs; need more 151 from 84 balls

9.57pm
RR lose half their side; Cummins takes 4 wickets

Riyan Parag has edged it to Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins gets his fourth wicket in the match. Royals have now lost half their side. RR- 37/5 after 5 overs

9.53pm
Maiden-wicket from Shivam Mavi

RR losing control in the chase. They got off to a great start, collecting 19 off the first 5 balls but since then things have gone downhill for the Royals. Samson also gone, trying to score quickly. KKR in total control. A maiden wicket for Mavi. T RR-32/4 after 4 overs; need more 160 from 96 balls

9.49pm
Mavi joins Cummins; RR go 4 down

Samson nicks behind to Karthik in Mavi’s 2nd over. Wicket after wicket! And big names are falling. Samson is out for 1. Mavi gets his name on the wickets column now.

9.46pm
Cummins on fire!

KKR ruling the contest at the moment as Pat Cummins gets Ben Stokes and Steve Smith to put the Knights on top. A stunning catch from Dinesh Karthik packed off Stokes and then an inside edge saw Smith walking back. What a spell from Cummin RR-32/3 after 3 overs

9.45pm
Smith latest of Cummins’ victim; RR go 3 down

Another dismissal! Smith plays on to his stumps. Back of the length delivery, just outside off from Cummins as Smith tries to punch it but the ball takes the inside edge and hits the stump. Two wickets in the over.

9.41pm
Karthik takes a stunner; RR 2 down

Absolute beauty from Karthik; Superb catch. Cummins from round the wicket to Stokes, ball takes the edge and flies through left of DK, who flew last second to his left to take a blinder.

9.39pm

RR-27/1 after 2 overs; need more 165 from 108 balls

9.32pm
Eventful start to RR’s chase-6,4,6,W

Ben Stokes is up and running with a boundary and a maximum but Cummins strikes with the wicket of Uthappa as the opener flicks straight into the hands of Kamlesh Nagarkoti at the deep. RR-19/1 after 1 over; need more 173 from 114 balls

9.31pm
Uthappa falls for 6; KKR get breakthrough

Uthappa walks back, right in the slot to hit, on the legs and Uthappa flicks it to the man at deep square leg. RR lose their first wicket. FOW-19/1

9.26pm

Stokes-Uthappa walks out to chase; Cummins to start proceedings for KKR

9.10pm
End of KKR’s innings

KKR-191/7 after 20 overs

9.07pm
Tyagi strikes; Cummins gone for 15

Cummins edges a wide ball from Tyagi off the toe-end, and gets caught by Samson behind the wickets as his little cameo comes to an end. FOW-184/7

9.05pm
6,6,64
Stokes left hammered- leaks 24 runs in the penultimate over!

Stokes bowls the 19th. Cummins smashes an overpitched slower ball for six over long off. Morgan thumps a six over long on to get to his 50- then smashes another one six down the ground. Morgan plays a decliacate late cut for four. Stokes in furious now. Morgan moves to 62. KKR-182/6 after 19 overs

9.03pm
Fifty for Eoin Morgan

Hammered over long on has Morgan, and with that brings up his half-century off just 30 deliveries! He’s producing a captain’s knock today, and it’s coming at the most crucial juncture

9.01pm

Excellent from Archer as he tightens things by giving just six runs.  Morgan inching towards his fifty and Cummins too contributing in a healthy fashion. KKR-158/6 after 18 overs

8.55pm
150 comes up for KKR

Six off this over as Smith brings Stokes back into the attack, with Morgan collecting a boundary off the last delivery to bring up the 150 for his side. KKR-152/6 after 17 overs

8.52pm

Tyagi returns to the attack. Shows strong nerves to take the wicket of Russell after getting hit for consecutive sixes. 14 runs and a massive wicket from this over. KKR-146/6 after 16 overs

8.49pm
Russell departs for 25; KKR 6 down

Excellent comeback from Tyagi. After getting hit for two consecutive sixes, Tyagi got a tip from none other than Ben Stokes. Next ball, he bowled it full and wide, yorker length. Russell went for it but was out caught by substitute David Miller at deep backward point.

8.46pm

Archer comes back on but this time goes for runs in this over as Russell hits him for a four and a six off consecutive deliveries, with 11 coming off it. KKR-132/5 after 15 overs

8.40pm
4,4,6,6- Massive over for KKR

RR go to Gopal in the 14th. Could they have gone to Archer to finish KKR’s backbone off? Russell mistimes. Morgan times well. Back to back fours for the skipper. And then a six down the ground. Morgan is hitting stride! Another long and high six to finish the over. KKR- 121/5 after 14 overs

8.34pm
100 comes up for KKR; Strategic Timeout taken

Rahul Tewatia has put Rajasthan on top as the spinner removes Dinesh Karthik for a duck. Karthik tried to flick but ends up getting an inside edge that flew straight into the hands of Steve Smith at mid-wicket. KKR-100/5 after 13 overs

8.31pm
Karthik departs for duck; KKR lose half their side!

Karthik joins Morgan in the middle. And it’s Tewatia who strikes again! Karthik is out for a first ball duck. An inside edge that goes for an easy catch to Smith. FOW-99/5

8.28pm
Tripathi falls for 39

Tripathi perishes on the last ball of the over while looking to boost the run-rate in the middle-overs, getting caught by Uthappa at deep square leg who takes a fine catch running to his left. KKR-94/4 after 12 overs

8.24pm
RR tightening the lid over KKR!

Excellent change in variation from Tewatia as he denies Morgan any room and bowls wide when the KKR skipper charged down the track. Just 4 off the over. KKR-88/3 after 11 overs

8.19pm
We reach the halfway mark!

Tyagi continues as KKR skipper Eoin Morgan walks out to the centre, and gets going in no time with a six over fine leg. Morgan drives the ball through the cover region for a brace off the fifth ball, and refuses a single off the last. 10 off the over. KKR-84/3 after 10 overs

8.14pm
Tewatia takes 2 wickets in 1 over; KKR go 3 down

Narine enters and after seeing off the first ball, goes for a slog straightaway. Doesn’t get hold of it and perishes in the deep as Stokes completes the catch. KKR 74/2 and Tewatia gets his second wicket in the over. KKR-74/3 after 9 overs

8.09pm
Gill falls for 36; KKR go 2 down

Tewatia brings Rajasthan back into the game by getting rid of the dangerman in Gill, who perishes after getting a top-edge off an attempted slog-sweep towards deep midwicket. Easy pickings for Jos Buttler in the deep. Umpires signal for the Strategic Timeout. FOW- 73/2

 

8.06pm

Tripathi and Gill motoring on nicely and Kolkata going at a fair clip with the run-rate touching nearly nine. KKR-68/1 after 8 overs

8.02pm

Tripathi goes down the wicket and handsomely drills the balls over the bowler for his second six. He’s switched gears amazingly well after scoring 1 off 8 balls. KKR- 64/1 after 7 overs

8pm
Fifty partnership for Gill-Tripathi

7.57pm
Fifty comes up for KKR; End of Powerplay!

Tripathi hits a boundary off against the menacing pace of Archer. Gives himself room and crashed the ball through the off side. This has been excellent recovery from KKR after losing the first wicket for 1 runs. 50 up for KKR. KKR- 55/1 after 6 overs

7.53pm

Stokes brought into the attack. Gill works the ball through midwicket for a brace off the second delivery, which is followed by a single off each of the next three. Tripathi hooks a short ball over the backward square-leg fence for the first maximum of the innings off the last delivery. KKR-43/1 after 5 overs

7.51pm
Tripathi hits the first maximum of the night

Stokes bends his back to bowl a bouncer but Tripathi is alert to it, rocks back on the backfoot and deposits the ball over fine leg.

7.49pm
Gill goes after RR bowlers!

Surprising move from Rajasthan RR to give the ball to Shreyas Gopal in the 4th over. Shubman Gill takes welcomes him with back-to-back boundaries. KKR-32/1 after 4 overs

7.44pm

Rahul Tripathi walks in at No. 3 and has not found it easy dealing with Jofra Archer’s pace. Excellent over by Archer as he gives just a couple of runs and Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a single. He is 1 off 8. KKR-15/1 after 3 overs

7.40pm
4,4,4

Varun Aaron bowls from the other end and gets off to a relatively expensive start as Gill smacks him for three boundaries. KKR-13/1 after 2 overs

7.36pm
KKR lose wicket, review in first over!

Dreadful start for KKR as Jofra Archer strikes early and he removes Nitish Rana for a duck. Rana wasted a review too as he clearly nicked the delivery but still went for the review. KKR-1/1 after 1 over

7.34pm
What a start by Archer!

Archer gets the early breakthrough as Rana nicks the ball to the keeper to get adjudged caught-behind for a golden duck! What’s more, he’s consumed the vital review in the process despite getting a clear nick! FOW-1/1

7.30pm
Aaand we are underway!

Rana and Tripathi open for KKR; Archer to start of proceedings for RR

7.12pm
RR Playing XI

7.10pm
KKR Playing XI

7pm
Dream11 IPL 2020 KKR vs RR LIVE: Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field

Steve Smith: We will bowl first, dew seems to be coming in and that’s the big reason. We have bowled well majority of the tournament and hopefully we will go well tonight. The games we haven’t done well, our senior batters haven’t done well and fortunately Stokes and Samson are in good nick. We are unchanged.

Dream11 IPL 2020 KKR vs RR LIVE: What do teams need to do to qualify?

For KKR, they have to hope KXIP lose their contest against CSK and SRH lose to MI. In that case, they will finish with 14 points (SRH, RR and KXIP will end with 12 points each) and can go ahead on 14 points without NRR coming into play. If they lose to RR, they stand eliminated irrespective of the results of other matches.

RR need to defeat KKR and hope both KXIP and SRH lose their last league games. They will be knocked out if they lose.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Dubai

Fantasy Tip 1 : Must win fixture for both teams. Take players who can handle pressure well. Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Eoin Morgan should be your key players today

Fantasy Tip 2 : Sanju Samson, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana should be in your top 6

Fantasy Tip 3 : Sunil Narine, Rahul Tewatia as all rounders besides Ben Stokes

Fantasy Tip 4 : Pace duties will be done by Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes

Fantasy Tip 5 : Spin options take Varun Chakravarthy in your team. He along with Tewatia and Narine should be in your squad.

Our Recommended XI: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Varun Chakravarthy

Also Read: IPL 2020 Playoff Race : 6 teams, 4 matches, 3 playoff spots, IPL playoff race is going to the wire

Rajasthan Royals: Played 13, Points 12, NRR -0.377 (Remaining match: vs Knight Riders)

  • Should win last game against KKR reach 14 points, pray other results go their way
  • They would want, KXIP & SRH lose their last matches. If that happens RR can progress without NRR coming into play.
  • Royals NRR is poor at this stage – they will have to win last match with high margins and other would have to lose big for Royals to bridge the run-rate gap. Overall little difficult for Royals to qualify.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Played 13, Points 12, NRR -0.467 (Remaining match vs Rajasthan Royals)

  • Chances almost negligible for KKR to qualify
  • KKR NRR is very inferior than other teams
  • Only chance of qualification is if they beat Royals and finish on 14, and none of the other contenders get to that tally.
  • Beat RR first

IPL 2020 KKR vs RR Live : Dream11 Prediction –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2020 KKR vs RR Dream11 Team: Fantasy cricket predictions and tips for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) LIVE Score

IPL 2020 KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction IPL 2020 LIVE Match Details

Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR)
Date: 1st Nov 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Dream11 IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) Probable XI

Dream11 IPL 2020 KKR Probable XI – Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, L Ferguson, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Eoin Morgan(C), Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 IPL 2020 RR Probable XI – Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (C), Riyan Parag. Mahipal Lomror, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron.