KKR initially limited RR to 152 for five after opting to bowl, then chased the target with five balls to spare to get back to winning ways and breathe a sigh of relief.
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Nitish Rana (48 not out) anchored the chase, while Rinku Singh played an undefeated 23-ball 42-point cameo to help KKR overwhelm the target with consummate ease.
Aaron Finch’s poor run continued as he was cleared by Kuldeep Sen early on as KKR calmly began their chase.
The KKR batters found it difficult on a slow-paced Wankhede pitch, where shooting wasn’t easy at all.
Baba Indrajith (15) was quickly taken out by Prasidh Krishna, but captain Shreyas Iyer (34 of 32) and Nitish Rana wisely battered to help KKR reach fifty in nine overs.
It was Rana who finally got her arms free in the 11th, and used the sweep and reverse sweep to good effect to hit R Ashwin for a 4-6-4 to pick up 16 points.
Iyer then hit Yuzvendra Chahal on a wide long boundary to bring up the half-century stand for the third wicket with Rana.
Just when it looked like Iyer was coming loose, he edged a delivery from Trent Boult to Samson behind the stumps at the next course. Iyer hit three bounds and a six on his shot.
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New man Singh marked his arrival at the crease with a first-ball boundary.
Needing 46 out of 30, Singh played the shot of the day, a paddle shovel to a 141mph Sen delivery on his high, powerful legs over the thin leg fence.
Singh was serious when he found the fence at crucial moments to first reduce the equation to 31 carries on 18 balls.
Samson’s decision to bring Chahal back into the attack in the 18th round backfired as Singh took a chance against the spinner and hit four straight shots to make it 18 of the last 12 balls.
Singh continued his assault on Prasidh, who conceded 17 runs in the penultimate round, including two limits from the southpaw’s blade, as KKR finished the game in style.
Previously, KKR had limited the RR to a modest 152 for five, despite rival skipper Samson’s half-century.
For RR, Samson’s 54 from 49 was the only saving grace as wickets dropped at regular intervals.
KKR bowlers vindicated skipper Iyer’s decision to ask the opposition to strike first with fast wickets.
A late onslaught from Shimron Hetymar (27 on 13 balls) took Rajasthan past the 150-point mark.
RR lost flyhalf Devdutt Padikkal (2) to lower cost as pacemaker Umesh Yadav (1/24) grabbed a return at third.
Samson, who hit seven bounds and a six, joined the in-form Jos Buttler (22 from 25 balls; 3×4) and the pair tried to rally innings, sharing 48 runs for the second wicket as the KKR bowlers didn’t not allowed RR hitters to free their arms.
Samson dug the point to get his first four in the fourth as RR crawled to 12-for-one.
Samson and Buttler tried to break the shackles in the fifth, which netted 15 RR points. The duo hammered Umesh for three boundaries, with the skipper hitting two.
Samson threw Anukul Roy (1/28) on deep extra coverage for his first max as RR amassed 11 points in the sixth, scoring 38 on the power play. Skipper RR then cut Sunil Narine (0/19) for another limit.
But RR slid to 55 for two after pacer Tim Southee (2/46) pulled out a rusty-looking Buttler, who was long caught by Shivam Mavi.
Samson hit two successive limits in front of Mavi (1/33) but was devoid of partners. He could only add 35 points with Karun Nair (13) and 25 with Riyan Parag (19).
Karun (13), Parag (19) and Samson fell in quick succession as RR slipped to 115 for five from 90 for three.
As Nair became the sole victim of left arm spinner Roy, Parag was caught by Roy at the wicket deep in the middle of Southee.
Samson, in an effort to score quickly, gave Singh a skier at deep midwicket.
Hetymer and Ashwin (6 not eliminated) added an undefeated 37 points from 18 balls to push RR’s total past the 150-point mark.
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