IPL 6: Rajasthan bowlers help hosts defeat Kolkata by 19 runs in Jaipur

Wickets at crucial junctures punctured Kolkata Knight Riders' chase as the defending champions were bowled out with an over to spare.

updated: April 09, 2013 00:30 IST
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Jaipur: On a pitch with a rare tinge of green, Rajasthan Royals, led by Rahul Dravid, opted to go in with an unprecedented all-pace attack comprising five fast bowlers, and defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 19 runs to register their second consecutive win in the Indian Premier League on Monday (April 8).

Eoin Morgan nearly made the difference in the end on a night when none of the other Kolkata batsmen applied themselves in testing conditions at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. At 56 for six in 11 overs, chasing 145, the game looked dead and buried in Rajasthan's favour before the momentum swung back, courtesy of Morgan.

His 38-ball 51 kept Kolkata afloat till the penultimate over, albeit by a slim margin. But every time he tried to counter-attack, came an untimely wicket to peg Kolkata further back and ultimately hand them a demoralizing loss.

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