IPL 2019: RR vs KKR, Who said what: World reacts as Kolkata Knight Riders top points table
Rajasthan Royals, who lost their first three matches, came into this match at the back of a victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But they are back to their old ways as they registered their fourth loss of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders.
KKR bowlers were tight with their lines and lengths and made full use of the assistance from the pitch. As a result, Rajasthan could only post a target of 140. Even a half-century from Steve Smith could not take RR to a par score.
During the chase, Sunil Narine (47, 25 balls, 6*4, 3*6) and Chris Lynn (50, 32 balls, 6*4, 3*6) snatched the game away from RR with their partnership. The duo put together 91 runs for the first wicket in 8.3 overs. In the end, Kolkata defeated RR by 8 wickets with 37 balls to spare and went onto top the points table.
Here's how the World reacted to KKR's win over RR:
Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals skipper: I think on this wicket 150-160 would have been good. We had runs on the board and a slower wicket. But, I don't think we bowled to our plans. Lots of learning from this game though. Such things happen in cricket, we need to learn from our mistakes. I think we should focus on playing good cricket and improve in the upcoming games. The wicket was going to be slow and we knew that, so we thought it was the right time to give him (Midhun) a game today.
Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper: It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India, you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that's always the case. Well, Harry (Gurney) is a true professional, he's played in leagues all over the world.
Harry Gurney, Man of the Match: It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn't use it much tonight. I am working on a knuckleball but I don't think it'll be ready during the IPL, maybe somewhere in the English summer.
Chris Lynn: Rode my luck again. But we knew we had to go hard in the powerplay. It slowed up as the innings progressed. It was a nice powerplay and we were in cruise control after that. I nicked it, so I thought I was gone one way or the other. It happens in T20 cricket. Unbelievable (batting from Narine). He has done it for a couple of years now. We don't talk too much. Just keep it simple. I am traditionally a slow starter. It is a long tournament, we are building nicely with important wins.
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