It was a thorough professional performance by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as they registered a comprehensive victory against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday (May 15) night to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.
However, they still need to win their last group game to progress through to the playoffs. Riding on a brilliant bowling performance by Kuldeep Yadav, Kolkata managed to restrict Rajasthan to a below par total of 142 in 19 overs.
After being put into bat by the KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, Rajasthan got off to a sensational start. It was an impressive performance by the opening duo of Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi. After a brilliant opening over by Shivam Mavi, it was some sensational strokeplay by both the batsmen which saw Rajasthan scoring 47 runs in the next two overs.
There was a time when 10 consecutive boundaries were hit by both the batsmen. It is an IPL record now. The onslaught started with Tripathi smashing Prasidh Krishna for 19 runs in the second over.
Moreover, Shivam Mavi was then smashed for 21 runs in his second over. Buttler was at his flamboyant best and so was Tripathi. However, it was Andre Russell, who provided the initial breakthrough.
From there on left-arm chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav totally changed the complexion of the match. It was a brilliant piece of bowling by the youngster which saw him returning with magical figures of four for 20 in his four overs. His wickets included those of Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes.
The freakish dismissal:
Meanwhile, in between the wickets, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was dismissed in a bizarre fashion. Krishna came running in and bowled a full-length delivery. The ball found an inside edge and then struck his leg to pop up in the air. No one was quite sure that what exactly happened. Hence the onfield umpire went upstairs and gave not-out as the soft signal.
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However, replays showed that the ball had directly ricocheted off the top of the foot and the third umpire eventually ruled decision bowling team’s favour.
In the end, it was an innings of 26 by Jaydev Unadkat which propelled Rajasthan to 142.
Knight Riders lost a couple of early wickets. However useful contributions from Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik helped KKR chase the total down by sux wickets and with a couple of deliveries to spare.