Kolkata vs. Rajasthan, IPL 2014: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterApril 29, 2014

AHMEDABAD, INDIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Gautam Gambhir of India waits to bat during a nets session at Sardar Patel Stadium on November 14, 2012 in Ahmedabad, India.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Rajasthan Royals won a thriller in Abu Dhabi against Kolkata Knight Riders, after the scores between the two were level both in the innings itself and then in a Super Over.

The Royals chose to bat first and, fired by Ajinkya Rahane's composed 72, posted 152-5 in their 20 overs.

In response, Kolkata began slowly but steadily, and in a chase that ebbed and flowed ended up on the same score, forcing the first Super Over of the summer.

KKR needed a Manish Pandey six to post 11-2 in their six deliveries.

Sunil Narine, their star spinner, was then thrown the ball and managed to restrict the combination of Shane Watson and Steve Smith to nine runs from the first five balls.

Smith was calmness personified from the last, punching it into space on the offside and running two to level the scores—on countback, they won the match by virtue of scoring more boundaries.

India international Rahane has batted well all tournament long and served up a measured innings from his 59 balls, allowing the other Royals to play around him.

Rajasthan Royals Scorecard
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Ajinkya Rahanec Suryakumar Yadav b Vinay Kumar7259122.0361
Karun Nairb Vinay Kumar1520.0000
Sanju Samsonb Shakib Al Hasan2019105.2640
Shane Watsonrun out (Manish Pandey)3324137.5050
Stuart Binnyc Manvinder Bisla b Morne Morkel010.0000
Steve SmithNOT OUT1911172.7220
James FaulknerNOT OUT21200.0000
EXTRAS (w 5)5
TOTAL (5 wickets; 20 overs)152
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
Vinay Kumar43027.509
Morne Morkel440110.0010
Sunil Narine42807.009
Shakib Al Hasan42315.758
Jacques Kallis1404.003
Piyush Chawla32709.006
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Sanju Samson struck four boundaries in his 20, skipper Watson adding five more in a 24-ball 33.

Rahane fell just three balls from the end of the innings, by which point Smith was able to join him with a quickfire cameo.

The good news for the Knight Riders when they took on the chase was that Gautam Gambhir, who had managed just one in four innings in the tournament, finally made some runs. 

With his opening partner Manvinder Bisla falling cheaply, it was essential that he and Jacques Kallis steadied the reply.

Their progress was safe enough but ponderous, and the required run rate by the halfway stage had crept up to 9.4 an over.

Kolkata Knight Riders Scorecard
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Gautam Gambhirc Iqbal Abdulla b Rajat Bhatia4544102.2740
Manvinder Bislac Karun Nair b Kane Richardson3933.3300
Jacques Kallisc Steve Smith b Pravin Tambe131776.4710
Manish Pandeylbw Pravin Tambe1911172.7211
Suryakumar Yadavc Steve Smith b James Faulkner3119163.1531
Shakib Al HasanNOT OUT2918161.1130
Robin Uthappab James Faulkner010.0000
Vinay Kumarb James Faulkner010.0000
Piyush Chawlarun out (Steve Smith)010.0000
Sunil NarineNOT OUT11100.0000
EXTRAS (nb 2, w 6, b 1, lb 2)11
TOTAL (8 wickets; 20 overs)152152
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
Stuart Binny1707.001
Kane Richardson42817.0011
James Faulkner21135.507
Iqbal Abdulla21708.502
Shane Watson32608.666
Rajat Bhatia42917.256
Pravin Tambe43127.757
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And when both Manish Pandey and Gambhir fell in quick succession, having looked well set, it seemed as if the Knight Riders had lost their momentum.

But the next combination was devastating, with Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan combining to devastating effect.

Their 49-run stand came in just 27 balls, so even when Yadav holed out to the opening ball of James Faulkner's final over, his side needed 16 runs for victory from 11 deliveries.

Faulkner was sharp, applying the squeeze, then prying out Robin Uthappa and Vinay Kumar in an over that cost just four runs.

But Shakib, by now on 20 from 13 balls, was in good touch and on strike—and when Kane Richardson served up a full toss first ball, the momentum changed again.

Piyush Chawla was run out pushing for two as they pushed—but then dithered—for two runs on the next ball.

Down to the wire the match crept, with Shakib left needing three to win from the final ball. He managed two, to force a Super Over.