In the recent match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, the former won without much haste by 6 wickets, with two overs to spare. Knight Riders sent in Royals first to bat, electing to field first in the match. With the win, the team won two more points scaling higher in the chart’s ladder, while Royals came in closer to the exit matches. Knight Riders will have to win two more matches in the tournament to qualify for the playoffs.
Kuldeep Yadav had an impressive performance in the IPL match that made him win the Player of the Match award. The bowler nicked four wickets against Royals, slumping the inning to an average tally. This helped, his team to reach the target without any tough efforts.
Rajasthan Royals started with the short but sturdy partnership between Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler. In 4.5 overs, the openers hauled the score to 63 runs. It was boosted with the flashy strike of Tripathi knocking 27 runs off 15 balls. Beating flurry boundaries of 4 fours and a six, the player scored with a strike rate of 180. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler played 22 balls batting until the 10th over. He scored 39 runs plundering 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Ajinkya Rahane remained marginal in the inning as well wrapping up his strike in 11 runs playing only 12 balls. While, the middle order remained highly marginal with Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and K Gowtham failing to add up to the tally. Jaydev Unadkat scored 26 of 18 balls to add the final impetus, while the Royals wrapped up the inning at 142 runs. Kuldeep Yadav took all the major wickets of the inning including that of Buttler, Rahane, Stokes as wll as Stuart Binny. His attack was the prime reason of Royals wreckage.
Riders started with the wicket of Sunil Narine, but the batsmen injected one of the strongest start of the tournament. In the seven balls he played, Narine hammered 2 fours and 2 sixes scoring 21 runs. The first over emerged as one of the expensive overs while the chase halted at 1 for 21 runs in 1.2 overs. Chris Lynn played as steady steerer of the chase knocking 45 runs off 42 balls remaining on crease until 16th over. The middle order played a strong game with Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell scoring 21, 41 and 11 runs respectively. Finally, the Riders wrapped up the victory sparing 2 overs.
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