Rajasthan Royals returned to winnings ways with a convincing 6-wicket victory over fellow strugglers Kolkata Knight Riders in the 18th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Mumbai on Saturday. After winning the toss, RR restricted KKR to a 133/9 with Chris Morris taking four wickets for 23 runs. Rahul Tripathi top-scored for KKR with 26-ball 36. Then, RR chased down the target with seven balls to spare at Wankhede Stadium. Skipper Sanju Samson hit an unbeaten 42 while Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube contributed with 22 runs each. Needing 30 in 30 balls, RR slowed down the tempo but managed to cross the line without much fuss. This was RR's second win in five matches, while KKR suffered a fourth defeat in the same number of matches. RR play Mumbai Indians in Delhi on Thursday, while KKR face Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad on Monday. Catch highlights and cricket scores of RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 match here:
11:22 PM IST: Result! Yet another defeat for KKR. But a good win for RR.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 133 for 9 in 20 overs. (R Tripathi 36, D Karthik 25; C Morris 4/23).
Rajasthan Royals: 134 for 4 in 18.5 overs. (S Samson 42 not out, D Miller 24 not out; V Charavarthy 2/32).
9:25 PM IST: Innings break. Chris Morris's four-wicket haul helps Rajasthan Royals restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 133/9.
7:07 PM IST: Two changes for RR, and one for KKR. RR have brought in Yashaswi Jaiswal and Jaydev Unadkat for Shreyas Gopal and Manan Vohra. KKR have replaced Kamlesh Nagarkoti with Shivam Mavi. Here are the playing XIs:
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(c & wk), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
7:02 PM IST: Sanju Samson wins the toss, and Rajasthan Royals will bowl first against Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders.