IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat

Sanju Samson, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Kolkata Knight Riders. Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson played a captain's knock [Image-IPLT20]

A matured unbeaten knock by skipper Sanju Samson [42* off 41 balls] and a disciplined bowling performance has helped Rajasthan Royals pick up a six-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders, who have sunk to their fourth consecutive defeat in their IPL 2021 campaign.

Chasing 134 to win, Rajasthan Royals lost both their openers but they ended up making the most of the powerplay thanks to a brilliant cameo from Yashsvi Jaiswal [22 off 17 balls].

Playing in his first game in IPL 2021, Jaiswal started off on an imperious note as he flicked Pat Cummins past midwicket before smashing the pacer with a fierce square-cut off the very next delivery to get consecutive fours.

Cummin retaliated by bowling a deadly bouncer to Jos Buttler, one that proceeded to knock the English opener back substantially.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat
Jos Buttler dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy [Image-IPLT20]
Buttler, however, recovered and smoke Varun Chakravarthy for a boundary past extra cover. But the right-hander’s poor form continued as he was trapped leg-before wicket for a 7-ball 5.

Jaiswal continued to pick his spots and smash boundaries but one shot proved to be too many for the young opener as he holed out at deep extra-cover against Shivam Mavi. Shivam Dube clubbed a six off Sunil Narine in the final over of the powerplay to ensure that Rajasthan Royals finished at 2/50.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat
Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube [Image-IPLT20]
Shivam Dube (22 off 18) and Sanju Samson stitched a breezy 45-run-stand for the 3rd wicket in six overs before Dube holed out against the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy (2/32 in four overs).

The next two overs brought just 12 runs and it eventually led to the dismissal of Rahul Tewatia, who top-edged in an attempt to pull off the front foot at fine-leg.

David Miller survived two close LBW calls against Shivam Mavi in the 15th over. But, Sanju Samson, who paced his innings with great maturity amid some brilliant strokeplay, and David Miller ensured that there was no last-minute hiccups as they condemned Kolkata Knight Riders to their fourth consecutive defeat.

 

Disciplined bowling by Rajasthan Royals ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders managed a mere 9/133

Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a poor start as the opening duo of Shubman Gill (11 off 19) and Nitish Rana (22 off 25) failed to make the most of the powerplay against some pretty disciplined bowling by Rajasthan Royals.

Shubman Gill’s- who had earlier been dropped by Yashasvi Jaiswal- painstaking knock of a 19-ball 11 finally came to an end with an unfortunate run-out in the ongoing encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai.

It all happened during the fourth ball of the sixth over when Shubman Gill jammed out a Mustafizur Rahman towards cover and set off for a non-existent run.

The problem was that Jos Buttler moved quickly to his right, picked up the ball, and under armed it straight onto the stumps.

Shubman Gill made the desperate dive and was still ended up being a yard short of the crease.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals
Yashasvi Jaiswal took a brilliant catch to dismiss Sunil Narine [Image-IPLT20]
Kolkata Knight Riders managed a mere 25 runs in the powerplay but one would have hoped that Nitish Rana, after chewing up a lot of deliveries will finally break free. He tried to do the same but in an attempt to do so, he perished to Chetan Shakariya. The Knight Riders took a punt by promoting Sunil Narine at No.4.

But the move backfired as Narine holed out in an attempt to pull a Jaydev Unadkat slow bouncer with Yashasvi Jaiswal completing a brilliant diving catch.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat
Eoin Morgan dismissed for a diamond duck [Image-IPLT20]
It kept getting worse for Kolkata Knight Riders as they lost their skipper Eoin Morgan for a diamond duck courtesy of a horrible miscommunication between him and Rahul Tripathi, leaving KKR reeling at 4/61 in the 11th over.

Rahul Tripathi and Dinesh Karthik did a rebuilding job for the next few overs but with just 93 runs on the board after 15 overs, Tripathi, in an attempt to break the shackles, holed out at deep square-leg on a slower delivery bowled by Mustafizur Rahman.

It was all down to Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to help Kolkata Knight Riders get to a competitive score but Chris Morris ended all those hopes within a space of three balls in the 18th over.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Rajasthan Royals Consign Kolkata Knight Riders To Their 4Th Consecutive Defeat
Chris Morris claimed four wickets [Image-IPLT20]
Morris had dismissed Dre Russ thrice prior to the current game and he once again got rid of the swashbuckler as the right-hander holed out at long-on.

Morris then proceeded to send back Dinesh Karthik, who was brilliantly caught by Chetan Shakariya at cover. Morris (4/23 in four overs) backed it up with a couple more wickets in the final as he dismissed both Pat Cummins- thanks to a freak of a catch by Riyan Parag- and Shivam Mavi to restrict KKR to 9/133.

 

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