17-year old Riyan Parag starred with the bat as Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets at the Eden Gardens on Thursday in the 43rd IPL game of this year. Asked to bat first, the Knight Riders’ rode on their skipper Dinesh Karthik‘s career-best knock of 97 not out to recover from a poor start and post a competitive total of 175 for 6. The Knight Riders were off to a disastrous start with Varun Aaron sending back openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill cheaply. Nitish Rana departed soon too as Knight Riders found themselves 3 down for just 43 and later 4 for 80.
To make the matters worse, their in-form star Andre Russell could also score only 14. However, Karthik held firm from one end and remained unbeaten to take the Knight Riders to a competitive total. It was also his highest score in the IPL and the highest for Knight Riders since Brendon McCullum hit the famous 158* in the very first game of the tournament in 2008.
In reply, the Royals started well with Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson adding 53 runs in just 31 balls. However, the chase soon fell off the track when both the openers departed in quick succession. The visitors soon found themselves 5 down for just 98. Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal revived the hopes with a 25-run stand before Prasidh Krishna dismissed the latter.
The equation was finally down to 46 runs from the final four overs. Parag then starred with the bat and almost sealed the game for his team before being hit wicket for 47 off just 31 balls. The Royals eventually won the game with 4 balls remaining.
With this defeat, the Knight Riders have now lost six games in a row and are all but out of the playoffs race. With 4 wins from 11 games, the Knight Riders will now have to depend on other results even if they win their remaining three games. On the other hand, the Royals moved to the seventh spot.
Here is the updated IPL points table:
Updated Orange Cap table:
Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow occupy the top two spots with 574 runs and 445 runs respectively. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are third and fourth while AB de Villiers completed the top-five. Andre Russell moved to the sixth spot.
Updated Purple Cap table:
Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada sits at the top with 23 wickets in 11 matches this season. Imran Tahir is at second with 16 wickets. Super Kings duo Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar have taken the next two spots with 16 and 14 wickets, respectively. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami complete the top-five list.