The elimination IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders ended as a big match for both, even if it was the Riders who smiled finally. Royals, on the other hand played one of the best matches of the season. The team required only 83 runs to win from 10 overs. They bowled excellent in the first inning restricting Kolkata to 169 runs for 7 wickets. Still, reaching IPL 2018 final seemed more than just tough for the squad.
In the chase, the Royals scored 144, exhausting the overs leaving 25 runs. Even if only four wickets were down, the team ran out of overs. None of the batsmen could not haul their strike rate to an effective level. With the victory, Knight Riders sealed the final game against Chennai Super Kings, repeating their 2012 IPL history. IPL final 2018 is scheduled on 27th of the month, on Sunday.
There were two high scores in the match. Sanju Samson scored a half century of 38 balls, while skipper Ajinkya Rahane scored 46 off 41 balls. Samson’s strike had 4 fours and two sixes, while Rahane played 4 fours and a six. The slog started when Rahane slowed down his run rate after knocking 34 runs off 25 balls.
In his next 16 balls, he could scratch out only 12 runs, finally losing his wicket to Kuldeep Yadav. The momentum wobbled significantly from 10 to 15 overs, which could have been the winning stretch for the team instead. In this phase, the batsmen could score only 24 runs. The run rate soared to considerable figures in the final five overs, but it was not enough to reach the target.
Earlier in the match, Kolkata Knight Riders faced the wrath of Rajasthan bowlers. In the first eight overs, the team lost four wickets. It was Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham and Jofra Archer spearheading the attack. Gowtham nicked the wickets of Narine and Robin Uthappa, while Gopal took down Chris Lynn. Archer struck Nitish Rana in the fourth over. This spree slogged the team to 51 runs for 4 wickets.
The inning buildup only when Dinesh Karthik and Shubham Gill partnered until the fifteenth over, pulling the score to 105. In the final stretch, Andre Russell played for an impressive 49 runs in 25 balls, hammering 3 fours and 5 sixes. Skipper Karthik scored 52 off 38 balls hammering 4 fours and 2 sixes. It was these enterprises of the players that pulled up the team’s score.
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