Kolkata Knight Riders progressed to the Qualifier 2 after they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs in the eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. And now in Qualifier 2, Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night at the same venue.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to field first and their bowlers gave them a great start as they reduced Knight Riders to 24/3 in the 4th over but captain Dinesh Karthik's 52 runs and Andre Russell's 49* runs helped KKR to post a good total of 169/7. In the chase, Rajasthan Royals were 87/1 after 10 overs but in the last 10 overs they could manage only 57 runs and ended on 144/4 in the 20 overs and lost the match by 25 runs.
All the stats and facts from the Eliminator match of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata :
4 - This was Kolkata Knight Riders' 4th consecutive win in this IPL season. They beat KXIP, RR, SRH, and RR in the last 4 matches.
6 - Kolkata Knight Riders have won six out of seven IPL matches against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata and haven't lost any match against them at this venue since IPL 2008.
38.71 - Sunil Narine's bowling average against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL - the worst average for him against a team in the IPL (Min 5 matches played).
2417 - Runs Ajinkya Rahane scored for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL - the most by any Rajasthan Royals player and he went past Shane Watson's tally of 2371 runs.
3011 - Sanju Samson during his 50 runs innings, completed 3000 runs in T20 cricket, he scored 3011 runs at an average of 26.88 in 130 matches with 1 hundred and 20 fifties.
5016 - Dinesh Karthik became the 8th Indian player to score 5000 T20 runs, he has scored 5016 runs at an average of 27.26 in 248 matches with 25 fifties.