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Sunday 17 May 2015

RR Qualify But KKR On The Edge

In a pulsating high scoring, must win game for both sides, #RajasthanRoyals prevailed over #KolkataKnightRiders by 10 runs to ensure qualification into the knockout stage of this year's #IPL.

#ShaneWatson and #AjinkyaRahane set tone for RR innings right upfront with a brisk 80 run partnership in 7 overs. After Rahane's dismissal to a silly run-out, their innings wandered a bit but #Watto took responsibility to hold fort and carried his bat through with a brilliant hundred to setup a massive 199 in 20 overs. 

Although the target looked high, there was one team that could overhaul it and that was KKR. With top guns #Gambhir, #Utthappa, #Yusuf and #Russell you wouldn't bet against them chasing it down, especially with thin RR bowling attack.

Gambhir departed early off a mistimed pull off #Morris. #Dhawal struck in his first over to get rid of Utthappa to send KKR reeling. This is when the two #powerhitters #YusufPathan and #AndreRussell came together. They stitched a wonderful partnership and took the attack to RR through some lusty hitting. 

With all RR bowlers under the hammer, #SteveSmith threw the ball to #Morris in desperation. And He turned the game around for RR with a magnificent spell of seam bowling. First he induced a mistimed shot off Russell (who was looking extremely dangerous with his powerpacked shot making). In the same over, he had Suryakumar Yadav caught behind for nought. This is where the game changed big time.

With 5 wickets down, it was left to Yusuf to rescue KKR. He fought on gainly but Watto got his scoop one to long on and the game virtually ended there. Shakib tried some fancy shots but it was Umesh Yadav who kept KKR in the chase with his lusty hitting.

Morris bowled a wonderfully tight last over to deny KKR a win. RR bowlers somehow managed to wriggle out of this situation today. Had it not been for Watto's century and Morris' matchwinning bowling performance, RR would be back on their way.

With this win, RR qualify (althoigh their exact position will be determined only after the last two league games #RCB v #DD and #SRH v #MI.

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