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9.6 overs: OUT! Rahul Tewatia breaks the crucial partnership between Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill. Last ball of his over and Rana goes for the big hit. Mistimes and Riyan Parag at long off makes no mistake. Rana walks back for 22 as 46-run partnership between him and Gill comes to an end. KKR 82/2
9.3 overs: FOUR! Nitish Rana cuts and cuts hard. Allows the ball to come to him and then plays it late to find the gap. Sanju Samson in the deep dives but is not able to stop the ball.
8.6 over: FOUR! And now a boundary straight down the ground to finish the over. Shubman Gill goes down town and the ball races to the fence. 10 runs from Shreyas Gopal’s over. Rahul Tewatia now comes into the attack. KKR 76/1
8.3 overs: FOUR! Googly pitched in short from Shreyas Gopal and Shubman Gill adjusts brilliantly to pull it in the deep region for a boundary. Finds the gap to perfection. KKR 70/1
End of 8th over: An expensive over from Riyan Parag comes to an end. Concedes 14 from it. Both Shubman Gill (30) and Nitish Rana (17) looking to get some quick runs here. KKR 66/1
7.1 overs: SIX! Wide outside off from Riyan Parag and Nitish Rana welcomes him with a ferocious strike over extra covers. The ball lands into the stands. KKR 58/1
50 up for Kolkata Knight Riders!
Shubman Gill slams Shreyas Gopal in the deep mid-wicket region off his last ball of the over for a boundary as 50 comes up for KKR after 7 overs. Gill has moved to 26 off 19 balls and is once again looking in good touch. KKR 52/1
End of 6th over: What a fascinating powerplay we have seen here. Express pace, boundaries and stumps crashing. Everything in the first 6 overs. 6 runs from Sam Surrans’ over and KKR have 42 on the board for the loss of Sunil Narine after the powerplay. Leggie Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack now for the Royals.

4.5 overs: OUT! Knocked him over! And what a comeback from Jaydev Unadkat. This time he castles Sunil Narine. Slower ball from him and Narine swings hard at it but misses. The ball crashes into the stumps. Narine walks back for a 14-ball 15. KKR 36/1
4.4 overs: SIX! FOUR! Sunil Narine tees off with back-to-back glorious boundaries. Hits Jaydev Unadkat for a six and a four on either sides of the wicket. Unadkat under pressure now. KKR 36/0
3.3 overs: FOUR! Short from Ankit Rajpoot and Shubman Gill muscles it to the mid-wicket fence. KKR 24/0
2.5 overs: Dropped! And the culprit is Robin Uthappa at mid-on. Slower ball from Jaydev Unadket and Sunil Narine skies it up. Uthappa sets himself up good under the ball but puts it down eventually. Narine gets a lucky reprieve.
End of 2nd over: 9 runs from Ankit Rajpoot’s first over including a six off the very first ball. Bowling change for Rajasthan as Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack. KKR 10/0
1.1 overs: SIX! And Shubman Gill has found comfort at the other end in terms of pace. Ankit Rajpoot with a loose ball first up and Gill hits him for an 82-metre long six. First maximum of the day. KKR 7/0
End of 1st over: A thrilling first over from Jofra Archer comes to an end. Twice he crossed the 150km/hr barrier in the over. The slowest ball was 147.4 km/hr. Both Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine were jumping all over, trying to get over the ball. Just a single from Archer’s first over. KKR 1/0
0.2 overs: Second ball in and Jofra Archer has already hit 150km/hr. Archer has started off with some real pace here in Dubai. KKR 0/0
Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine are out in the middle to start the Knight Riders innings. Jofra Archer with the new ball in hand for the Royals. A slip in place for him. Gill to face the first ball. Here we go!
Playing XI for both teams
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat

Captains at the toss
Steve Smith: Will have a bowl. That boundary’s big, certainly compared to Sharjah which was a postage stamp. Certainly have to adapt. Watched the Super Over the other day. Exciting to play on a different ground. Have played some good cricket. Boys in a good place. He was under the pump but just turned it around and had such belief in the end. Same team.
Dinesh Karthik: Okay with batting first. Looks similar to Abu Dhabi but it plays different. Sharjah is a completely different fish but these two are similar. The brand of cricket we played the other day was something I’m proud of. Same team.
Team news: Both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have gone in with the unchanged XI.
Toss news: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.

Pitch Report: “We are back in Dubai and we have the same pitch that was used two nights ago with a day in between. Rolled in grass, very firm underneath and we know that batting was really starting to work here. It is hard for the bowlers. This particular ground, the spinners are really starting to take control. They have taken more wickets and bowled less than the quick bowlers. Biggest ground we have got. We have a great illustration of what happens in Sharjah that does not happen here. And that’s what brings the spinners in play. I am batting first here, yes two have gone to the Super Over but all five games have been won by the team batting first,” said Simon Doull and Michael Slater.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial start. We are 30 minutes away from the start.

Match facts
– The head-to-head record between KKR and Rajasthan Royals is tied at 10-10.
– KKR and RR have played 2 Super Overs against one another with Royals emerging winners on both occasions.
– The last time KKR and RR played in the UAE, Royals beat Knights on boundary count after the Super Over also ended in a tie.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 12 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.





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