Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] flexed their muscles as far as their fast bowling department is concerned as the trio of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Pat Cummins below Rajasthan Royals top-order way to pave for the Dinesh Karthik-led team condemn the Royals to their first defeat of Dream11 IPL.
Chasing 175, Rajasthan Royals [RR] got off to a worst possible start as KKR’s fast bowlers- Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti ran riot. Pat Cummins got the first scalp as he saw the back of his Australian teammates Steve Smith with a brilliant delivery in his very first over.
All eyes were on Sanju Samson but Shivam Mavi once again displayed why he is such a highly rated young Indian bowler as he saw the back of both Samson and a dangerous-looking Jos Buttler.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti came in as first change and he took just six balls to stamp his authority on the game as he claimed both Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag to leave RR reeling at 5-43 in 8 overs.
Rahul Tewatia wasn’t able to emulate his last game heroics and was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy for a 10-ball 14 while Kamlesh Nagarkoti claimed a stunning catch to saw the back of Jofra Archer.
It was that sort of a day where you just couldn’t keep Kamlesh Nagarkoti out of the game. Besides taking two wickets, the prodigiously talented youngster once again why he is such a great athlete as he backed up his stunning catch of Jofra Archer with yet another good catch of Jaydev Unadkat.
In the end, Tom Curran’s maiden IPL 50 was the only saving grace for RR as they eventually went down by 37 runs.
Shubman Gill’s classy knock and a brilliant cameo by Eoin Morgan propelled KKR to 6-174 against RR
Batting first, KKR once again found themselves in a wobble as opener Sunil Narine continued to struggle with the short-pitch stuff delivered by Jofra Archer. Narine got a lucky reprieve as he was dropped by Robin Uthappa off the bowling of Jaydev Unadakat.
Narine looked like cashing in on the reprieve as he smashed Unadkat for a four and six in the next over. But, Unadkat had the last laugh as he knocked over the West Indian with a slower delivery.
Nitish Rana played some delightful strokes during his innings, forming a great foil to Shubman Gill, who continued from where he had left against the SunRisers. Gill played some classy strokes during his 34-ball 47. The duo stitched a 46-run-stand for the 2nd wicket before Rana once again squandered a good start when he holed out off the bowling of Shreyas Gopal in the deep.
KKR promoted Andre Russell to the No.4 spot and Smith immediately turned to his ace fast bowler, Jofra Archer [2-18 in 4 overs]. And, the move worked brilliantly as the fast bowler claimed both Gill and Dinesh Karthik  in quick succession.
Andre Russell smashed three sixes off Gopal and Ankit Rajpoot during his 14-ball 24 but for once, Dre Russ wasn’t able to continue with his onslaught as he holed out at deep-point while trying to nail a wide yorker from the fast bowler for a six.
But Eoin Morgan displayed why he is one of the great modern-day white-ball batters as his calm-and-collected knock, backed by contributions from Pat Cummins and Kamlesh Nagarkoti helped KKR to score 54 runs in the last 5 overs, eventually ending with 6-174 in 20 overs.
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