Yadav earns Kolkata crucial win over Rajasthan in IPL
Yadav, a left-arm spinner, mopped up the top order with a wicket in each of his four overs to bowl out Rajasthan for 142 in 19 overs. Opener Chris Lynn then anchored Kolkata to 144-4 with 45 off 42 balls, putting match-winning 48-run partnership with captain Dinesh Karthik, who made an unbeaten 31.Kolkata stayed in the No. 3 spot with 14 points and will meet Sunrisers Hyderabad in its last league match.
"They started off brilliantly but it shows our character. When we got a chance in the game, we didn't let go," Karthik said. "He's (Kuldeep Yadav) an international quality player ... sometimes he slacks off, bowls a bad ball, trying too much so I'm just trying to make him do as well as he can and stay consistent."
Rajasthan is at No. 4 with 12 points and will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game. After being put into bat, Rajasthan should have lost the wicket off the first ball from seamer Shivam Mavi but Nitish Rana couldn't hold on to a sharp chance of Rahul Tripathi (27) in the slip.
Tripathi pounced on the chance and smashed fast bowler Prasidh Krishna for a six and three successive boundaries in the next over. Rajasthan's man in form Jos Buttler (38), who had scored five successive half centuries, then blazed Mavi for 28 runs with two sixes and four boundaries in the third over.And when Sunil Narine went for 10 runs, Rajasthan had a rollicking start of 59 runs in four overs.