Brilliant batting display by Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana helped Kolkata Knight Riders victory against Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets with 7 balls still remaining chasing the target in 18.5 overs here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday.
It was a second emphatic performance in a row for KKR, who now have three wins from five games. Royals have lost two games out of the four they have played.
Chasing a small total of 161-run target, KKR rarely seemed under pressure throughout the game, except for opener Chris Lynn who was sent back to the pavillion in the very fisrt over itself.
After that Sunil Narine scored 35 off 25 balls hitting 5 fours and a six and was supported by Uthappa who was all charged up and went to score 48 runs off 36 balls smashing 6 fours and 2 sixes.
However, the Rajasthan bowlers were not at their best as Nitish Rana 35 and Dinesh Karthik 42 remained not out and reached the target in 18.5 overs winning convincingly against the Rajasthan Royals.
After being put in to bat, Rajasthan got off to a cautious start with skipper Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short playing it safe. After the first two overs, Rahane began playing his shots as he hammered Sunil Narine for four consecutive boundaries.
However, the RR skipper eventually fell for 36 off 19 balls in the seventh over. Short then started to play the shots as he scored a fighting 44 before getting dismissed by Rana.
After his departure, wickets kept falling at regular intervals courtesy some good disciplined bowling display by KKR. Tom Curran bowled well for KKR as he finished with figures of 2-19 while Nitish Rana also took two wickets to restrict the hosts to a below-par total.