IPL: Blackcaps star Tim Southee outshines NZ teammate Trent Boult, as Kolkata Knight Riders edge Rajasthan Royals

Blackcaps star Tim Southee has seized bragging rights over NZ teammate Trent Boult, after the pair went head to head in the Indian Premier League.

Southee emerged as the leading wicket-taker with only two, but helped his Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket victory over Boult's Rajasthan Royals - a result that confounded their respective placings on the competition table.

Batting first, the Royals amassed 152/5 in their 20 overs, with captain Sanju Samson reaching 54, but Southee removed dangerous England opener Jos Buttler, caught on the boundary, before he could gather momentum, then Riyan Parag in similar fashion.

The Knight Riders stuttered early, with Boult and wicketkeeper Samson combining to remove Shreyas Iyer to a nick down legside, but reached their target with five balls to spare, as Nitish Rana (48no) and Rinku Singh (42no) compiled an unbeaten 66-run stand in 38 balls.

Boult's Royals remain third on the table with six wins/four losses, while Southee's Knight Riders improve to seventh with their much-needed win.