-In IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders registered a 37-run win against Rajasthan Royals
-Batting first in the match, KKR scored 174 for 6
-In reply, Royals could only score 137 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a 37-run win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL). While batting first in the match, KKR scored 174 for 6 wickets. In reply, Royals could make 137 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
With the help of a trio of young bowlers after Shubman Gill’s batting, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 37 runs on Wednesday in an unilateral match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Batting first, KKR scored 174 for six wickets with the help of Gill’s 47 runs. In reply, the Royals team could make 137 runs for nine wickets. In times of crisis, everyone’s eyes were on Rahul Tewatia, who performed a miracle with the bat against Kings XI Punjab in the last match.
Tom Curran remained unbeaten at 54 off 36 balls with two fours and three sixes. For KKR, young Indian bowlers Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy took two wickets. There was no major partnership for the Royals and the beginning was also very bad. In the second over, IPL’s most expensive foreign player Pat Cummins sent captain Steve Smith (3) to the pavilion. Mavi gave the Royals the most powerful blow by taking Sanju Samson’s wicket in spectacular form on the first ball of the fifth over.
Opener Jos Buttler (21) became the second victim of Mavi. Robin Uthappa’s bad form continued to catch Mavi on the Nagarkoti ball by making two runs. Riyan Parag (1) failed for the second consecutive time, who was caught by Gill on the delivery of Nagarkoti. Tewatia, who smashed five sixes in one over against Punjab, had all eyes on him, but Varun Chakravarty got him for 14 off 10 balls. Varun then made Jofra Archer his second victim.
Earlier, Archer took two wickets for 18 runs for the Royals and delivered the fastest ball (152.1 kmph) of the tournament. He proved the Royals’ decision to ball first right by getting the wickets of opener Shubman Gill (47 runs in 34 balls) and Captain Dinesh Karthik (one). England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan stood till the end by scoring 34 off 23 balls.
Archer bowled the first over of the match. Gill did not allow the wicket to fall, though he made a single run in the over. Gill was moving towards his second consecutive half-century, but Archer came back in the 12th over and got him out. In the next over, Archer sent Karthik to the pavilion. With his beautiful swing, Karthik gave a simple catch to Jos Buttler.
West Indian batsman Andre Russell could not stay in the pitch for long. After being sent fifth in the batting order, the aggressive batsman got out by attempting to hit a six on Rajput’s over. He faced 12 deliveries and scored 24 runs. KKR lost four wickets for 33 runs. Since Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) had come with an extra bowler, the whole responsibility of making the runs was on Morgan.