Although Sodhi's contribution of 1-21 off four overs was not enough to get Rajasthan across the line in Tuesday's (Wednesday NZT) six-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, the 25-year-old did manage to boost his own credentials with another efficient spell with the ball.
"He's (Kuldeep Yadav) an global 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".
The two got off to a flying start with Tripathi smashing 27 runs and Buttler scoring another 39 runs.
Both these teams are in a must win this match situation wherein it is essential for these teams to make sure that they win this one to be able to reach the playoffs.
(From left) Vishal Roy, Ajay Kumar, Umanath and (seated) Golu Kesri were KKR supporters when they boarded a train from Azamnagar in Bihar last evening. The two teams are meeting for the second time in this season of the VIVO IPL, as Kolkata had beaten Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur last month.
Yadav then got two crucial wickets as skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Buttler both went while going for reverse sweep shots. The innings saw a sudden slump with Kuldeep Yadav bagging four wickets in the middle overs.
After the run-fest in Indore, KKR return to home comforts with a more balanced team. Opener Narine gave KKR a flying start taking K Gowhtam to cleaners with 21 runs from the first over with two fours and two sixes.
Stokes' third scalp was that of Kolkata top scorer Chris Lynn, who hit a patient 45 from 42 balls, but that dismissal came with only 26 runs required and too late for Rajasthan - KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (41no off 31) hammering Jofra Archer for six to seal victory in 18 overs. "I hope he hits a six in my direction", said Khalid Mushtaque, 15, who bowls leg spin when he plays with his friends. Only one bowler has taken 50 or more IPL wickets at a particular venue: Lasith Malina at the Wankhede Stadium.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (w), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh.
There was more suffering to come for the Kings XI bowlers following Narine's departure, Karthik and Russell putting on 76 in just five overs. They added 48 at just under seven an over before Lynn miscued Stokes to deep point.
After six overs, Royals were 68/1 with 58 runs coming in boundaries (10 fours and three sixes).