Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya bowled Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rahul Tripathi when the two faced off on Thursday in Sharjah. Chetan Sakariya ended Tripathi’s rapid cameo of 21 runs from 14 balls.
On the first ball of the 18th over, Chetan Sakariya bowled a 117 kph slower delivery on length. The ball pitched outside the leg-stump but went on with the angle.
Tripathi, who had hit three fours early on in his innings, slogged aiming for the fence. He was, however, early in his shot and missed the ball completely which went on to hit the top of off- and middle-stump. Delighted with the wicket, Chetan Sakariya celebrated in his trademark fashion.
KKR put 171 on the board after Shubman Gill’s half-century
After being put in to bat first by RR, KKR openers, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer started cautiously with ticking around singles. Though both of them tried to hit the RR bowlers, the sticky nature of the Sharjah pitch didn’t allow them to smoke boundaries. RR couldn’t break the pair in the powerplay who scored 34 runs in the first six overs with Gill hitting the solitary six in the powerplay.
Iyer, who had hit a couple of boundaries, then freed his arms against Jaydev Unadkat, clobbering the pacer for a four and couple of sixes before getting bowled by Rahul Tewatia, failing to nail his reverse hit. Iyer departed after scoring 38 runs off 35 balls.
After hammering a four and a six, Nitish Rana fell to Glenn Phillips. Gill, on the other end, continued to stroke some sublime boundaries to notch up his fifty in 40 balls. Soon after, the opener got out trying to hit Chris Morris.
Rahul Tripathi had started off in a blazing fashion smashing 3 fours in his first 9 balls, before getting bowled by Chetan Sakariya. A couple of more cameos from Dinesh Karthik and skipper Eoin Morgan, both of whom walloped a six each, helped KKR to 171.