To make it easier for them, KKR are the only team from the four qualifiers to get the home advantage in the Eliminator. The winner of Wednesday’s match will face the loser of Qualifier 1, between SunRisers and Chennai Super Kings, in Qualifier 2 — also to be held at Kolkata — which will decide the second entrant of the final. Champions of the inaugural edition in 2008, Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have been heavily reliant on the alignment of their stars for their passage into the playoffs.
IPL 2018 Live updates of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Eliminator match, straight from Eden Gardens
20:28 IST: SIX! Another wrong one and Russell hammers it towards the leg side for a huge six. KKR 149/6 in 18 overs
20:25 IST: SIX! Russell swings away his bat and the ball still crosses the boundary despite lack of timing. KKR 142/6 in 17.3 overs
20:24 IST: OUT! Karthik departs for 52 runs. Ajinkya Rahane takes a lovely catch going back behind covers. Excellent innings comes to an end. One captain dismisses the other. KKR 135/6 in 17.1 overs
20:22 IST: FOUR! Russell hammers it over mid off for a boundary. Unadkat is not having a great night. KKR 135/5 in 17 overs
20:19 IST: SIX! Long way for a maximum. What a way to get your six. Leading edge and Karthik gets his 16th IPL fifty. KKR 123/5 in 16.2 over
20:14 IST: Strategic Time Out | KKR 116/5 in 16 overs
20:09 IST: NO BALL! SIX! Free Hit. Andre Russell faces Archer now. Russell gets it right in the slog and the big man gets a maximum. Off the mark with a six. KKR 114/5 in 15 overs
20:07 IST: OUT! Archer strikes. Shubman departs for 28 runs. A good cath by Klaasen behind the stumps. KKR 106/5 in 14.2 overs
20:06 IST: SIX! Karthik’s turn now. 51-run partnership between these two. This is the partnership KKR have been looking for. KKR 102/4 in 14 overs
20:03 IST: SIX! 826th of the tournament. Shubman hits a fearless shot. The fielder at long off can only see the ball sail over him.
20:03 IST: FOUR! Gill uses the pace of the ball. Top quality shot by Shubman. Front foot square cut. KKR 89/4 in 13.3 overs
20:00 IST: Stuart Binny does well out there. Saves a probable boundary. Karthik takes two runs. KKR 81/4 in 12.4 overs
19:55 IST: Edgy run again. Karthik looks to work it away to the onside but gets it off the leading edge towards backward point for one. KKR 74/4 in 11.2 overs
19:51 IST: FOUR! Ben Laughlin gets punished with a four off his first ball. A deft touch by Karthik sees the ball go fine for a boundary. KKR 65/4 in 10.1 overs
19:50 IST: Gopal bowls for RR after the timeout. Rajasthan have been teriffic with the ball. Seven runs off the over. KKR 63/4 in 10 overs
19:45 IST: Ish Sodhi again impresses with the ball. 5 runs off it. Time for the strategic time out. KKR will have to rethink about their batting strategy. KKR 56/4 in 9 overs
19:41 IST: Shubman Gill is the new batsman for KKR.
19:40 IST: WICKET! Caught and bowled again. Gopal gets his man. Lynn departs for 18 runs.Kolkata in deep deep trouble. Catching practice for Gopal. KKR 51/4 in 8 overs
19:37 IST: Through the gap for a double. Lynn places it perfectly and gets his two runs. KKR 51/3 in 7.3 overs
19:36 IST: Shreyas Gopal is the new bowler for KKR.
19:34 IST: A bit of turn here. Karthik pushes it with that to covers. The man there dives and stops that. Good cricket all around. A very good start for Sodhi. Only two runs off it. KKR 48/3 in 7 overs
19:32 IST: Ish Sodhi is the bowler for Rajasthan.
19:30 IST: A good over for Kolkata after initial hiccups. Karthik played two superb looking shots. The powerplay comes to an end. This is the over KKR were searching for. Lynn gets his boundary this over too. Three boundaries in the over. This is poor bowling. You can’t be giving batsmen room outside off stump. KKR 46/3 in 6 overs
19:27 IST: FOUR! Jaydev Unadkat gets welcomed with a boundary by Karthik. A fuller length and Karthik gets onto the front foot to drive over the cover fielder for a four. Back-to-back boundaries for Karthik. Poor bowling by Unadkat. KKR 40/3 in 5.3 overs
19:26 IST: Superb over for Gowtham. Only 5 runs off it. Lynn, Karthik need to rebuild for KKR after early jolts. KKR 32/3 in 5 overs
19:25 IST: This is a perfect start for the men in blue.
19:22 IST: FOUR! Impeccable timing by Karthik. Pulls it over the mid off region for a boundary. Great stuff by the KKR skipper. KKR 28/3 in 4 overs
19:21 IST: KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik is the new man in.
19:20 IST: OUT! Nitish Rana departs for 3 runs. This is too easy for RR. Rana mishits completely and an easy catch for Jaydev Unadkat. Archer serves a length ball on the stumps, Nitish yet again looks to back away and hit it. Is deceived by the lack of pace and gets it off the inner half. Unadkat at mid on takes a couple of steps forward and takes it with ease. KKR are in deep trouble now. KKR 24/3 in 3.4 overs
19:19 IST: Two runs for Rana. Cut towards the mid off region.
19:17 IST: FOUR! Lynn hammered on the offside. Bottom hand comes into play. A good shot. A much-needed boundary for KKR. That was a beautiful stroke.Nobody stood a chance of cutting that off. KKR 22/2 in 3 overs
19:15 IST: Nitish Rana is the new batsman for KKR.
19:14 IST: OUT! Gowtham strikes again. Uthappa gets a leading edge and the bowler catches it easily. Uthappa departs for 3 runs. KKR 17/2 in 2.1 overs
19:10 IST: Extra bounce by Archer. Hurled on a length around off, it bounces more and hits high on the bat. Goes straight to backward point. No run for Uthappa. KKR 17/2 in 2.1 overs
19:07 IST: Jofra Archer bowls the 2nd over. Lynn hits it straight to mid on. Thankfully there is no pace on the shot. Lynn survives as the ball doesn’t reach the fielder.
19:05 IST: FOUR! Bye. 10 runs and a wicket off the first over for Kolkata. KKR 10/1 in 1 over
19:04 IST: Robin Uthappa is the new man in for KKR.
19:03 IST: FOUR! And now stumped! What a wicket. Big wicket of Sunil Narine. He departs for 4 runs. KKR 4/1 in 0.2 over
19:01 IST: FOUR! Flatter outside off on a shorter length, Sunil stays back and smashes it through covers for a boundary. Whatta start for Narine and KKR.
19:00 IST: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. Krishnappa Gowtham begins the proceedings for Rajasthan Royals with the ball.
18:41 IST: Teams
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin
18:30 IST: Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane wins toss, elects to bowl vs Kolkata Knight Riders
18:27 IST: We are moments away from the toss.
18:25 IST: RR have lost their last six IPL games at the Eden Gardens with their only win here coming in 2008
18:00 IST: TRIVIA! Sunil Narine needs two more wickets to take 50 IPL wickets at Eden Gardens. Lasith Malinga. at Wankhede Stadium, is the only other to achieve such a feat.
17:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
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Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran. (Play Fantasy cricket and win lakhs daily)
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi.