Lee struck early again
Rajasthan Royals thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 19 runs to secure their second straight win in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday.
Batting first, Rajasthan put up a decent 144 for six in their stipulated 20 overs and then restricted the defending champions to 125.
Brett Lee, who struck first ball in the opener against Delhi, provided the visitors with an early breakthrough again.
Image: Eoin Morgan congratulates his Kolkata Knight Riders' teammate Brett Lee for getting rid of Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals
Watson made just five
Shane Watson (5)'s arrival was much anticipated in the Royals' ranks but it lasted a mere 10 balls as he uppishly drove Brett Lee only to be caught by Eoin Morgan in the extra cover region.
This was after having lofted the previous delivery over the mid-off fielder for a boundary.
Image: Rajasthan Royals player Shane Watson
Shukla curtailed Binny's stay
KKR's 'Go-To' Man for the past couple of seasons Rajat Bhatia got the important wicket of Dravid (17) with an innocuous delivery.
The Delhi veteran bowled one that pitched on length and came straight but Dravid tried to play across the line to find the stumps rattled.
It seemed Stuart Binny (14, 3x4) started from where he left against Delhi Daredevils but Laxmi Ratan Shukla angled one into the right-hander to trap him leg before.
Image: Laxmi Ratan Shukla of Kolkata Knight Riders appeals successfully for the wicket of Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals
Rahane made a valuable 36
Ajinkya Rahane's 36 (3x4, 1x6) was a significant contribution for Rajasthan.
Rahane got into the double figures with back-to-back boundaries in Shami Ahmed's next over with a cover drive and a steer towards third-man boundary. With skipper Dravid for company, the duo added 35 runs for the second wicket and looked like consolidating the innings.
Rahane and Brad Hodge took the score past 100 and the young Mumbaikar hit a breathtaking six over extra cover off Shami Ahmed's bowling.
Image: Ajinkya Rahane of Rajasthan Royals
Narine took two crucial wickets
Just when Rahane looked like getting set for a big knock, KKR's 'Mystery Man' struck twin blow. First he got a straighter one, which Rahane edged to Manvinder Bisla behind the stumps.
Narine removed Kevon Cooper for a duck as Bisla pulled off a smart stumping to reduce Royals to 102 for five.
Narine's figures were somewhat damaged by Hodge and left-handed keeper-batsman Dishant Yagnik (16) who clobbed him for 18 runs in the penultimate over.
Image: Sunil Narine
Hodge remained unbeaten on 46
Brad Hodge used all his experience in the shortest format to good effect as he propelled Rajasthan to a competitive score.
The Australian smashed 46 off 31 balls with seven boundaries as Royals got 38 runs in the last three overs after KKR bowlers had maintained discipline for the better part of the 17 overs.
Image: Brad Hodge
Rahul Shukla took two quick wickets
Image: Rahul Shukla of Rajasthan Royals celebrates after bowling Manvinder Bisla of Kolkata Knight Riders
Trivedi took three wickets
Siddharth Trivedi then got into the act picking up three wickets.
The veteran struck with his first ball, having Manoj Tiwary (14) out leg before. Four balls later, a spectacular catch by Yagnik ended Gautam Gambhir's (22) innings.
Trivedi returned to have Laxmi Ratan Shukla (2) caught by Shukla at long on.
Image: Rajasthan Royals celebrate Siddharth Trivedi's wicket
Morgan top-scored for KKR with 51
Eoin Morgan, dropped on two by Shane Watson at first slip (off Trivedi), top-scored for Kolkata with a valiant 51.
The England international's 38-ball knock was inclusive of three boundaries and sixes each.
However, when Kevon Cooper cleaned him up in the first ball of the penultimate over it marked the end of the Kolkata chase.
Cooper finished with impressive figures of three for 15 as Rajasthan won with an over to spare.
Image: Eoin Morgan