Meanwhile, Kolkata had the worst possible start losing three of their batters within four overs. However, skipper Dinesh Karthik (52) then started to rebuild the innings with Lynn first and then Shubman Gill. However, Gill departed scoring 28 runs, as Kolkata got back on track.
Moreover, some late hitting from Andre Russell (49*) ensured Kolkata posted a challenging total of 169 runs on the board.
Rajasthan, in reply, got off to flier courtesy skipper a brilliant effort from the top-order. However, the departure of skipper Rahane (46) witnessed a quick loss of wickets, as KKR took the control of the match.
Some tight bowling from the Knight Riders’ bowlers-led by Piyush Chawla (two for 25) guided the home team home by a margin of 25 runs.
Here is the players rating of the Knight Riders:
Chris Lynn: (4.5/10)
The Australian opener had a topsy-turvy season with the bat. However, Chris Lynn will curse himself for not converting the start he managed to get.
He departed scoring 18 runs from 22 giving an easy catch to Shreyas Gopal.
Sunil Narine: (2/10)
The Windies all-rounder had a poor day in business, as he failed to contribute with both bat and ball. However, he needs to chip in with useful contributions in the virtual semi-final on Friday.
Robin Uthappa: (2/10)
Kolkata’s experienced batter, Robin Uthappa failed to contribute to team’s success in the Eliminator against RR.
He gave a simple catch to Krishnappa Gowtham scoring only three runs from seven balls. Meanwhile, he will have to put his A game forward if Kolkata has to snub SRH.
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk): (8.5/10)
Karthik has changed as a cricketer since taking over the captaincy role. He has led the team from the front scoring runs consistently for his side.
The wicket-keeper batsman contributed 52 crucial runs after they lost three quick wickets at the start of the innings.
Nitish Rana: (2.5/10)
Nitish Rana struggled to get going since his return from injury midway through the season. Rana managed to contribute only three runs before getting out.
The southpaw needs to step up and contribute with the bat in the must-win game against Hyderabad.
Andre Russell: (9.5/10)
Andre Russell‘s form in the tournament has proved crucial for the Kolkata based side. He played a blistering knock of 49 runs from 25 balls including three fours and five boundaries. The Windies all-rounder also chipped in with three overs giving away 22 runs.
He will have to continue this form if Kolkata wants to make it to the finals.
Shubman Gill: (6.5/10)
The young batsman has made a long-lasting impression at this international stage. Shubman Gill has played some crucial knocks and today once again chipped in with useful runs. He scored 28 off 17 balls to help Kolkata post a challenging total.
Javon Searles: (2/10)
Javon Searles has been a disappointment for Kolkata in the ongoing season of the league. The Windies all-rounder failed to contribute with both bat and ball. He needs to contribute to retaining his spot in the playing XI.
Piyush Chawla: (7.5/10)
The veteran leg-spinner has shown his class with each passing game. Piyush Chawla provided two crucial breakthroughs to defend his team’s target.
Chawla returned with two for 24 and will look to continue it in the next game.
Kuldeep Yadav: (7/10)
The young wrist-spinner stood up to the team cause when his side needed him the most. Kuldeep Yadav returned with on for 18, as he dried up runs from one end.
However, he will have to give another superlative effort against Hyderabad to take his team to the finals.
Prasidh Krishna: (6/10)
The young seamer is having the best time of his career impressing in each and every game. Starting as a net bowler to feature for Kolkata, it has been a roller-coaster ride for Krishna.
In a crucial game like this, he was economical returning with one for 28 in his full quota.