Kolkata Knight Riders put up a sensational all-round performance against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. They won by six wickets and with a couple of deliveries to spare to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. The victory was largely built around a sensational bowling performance by left-arm chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav. He bagged 4/20, as Kolkata managed to restrict Rajasthan to a below-par score of 142 in 19 overs.
It was Dinesh Karthik, the KKR skipper who won the toss and put Rajasthan in. The blue brigade went off to a brilliant start, courtesy opening pair Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler.
47 runs got hit in the 2nd and the 3rd over. It helped Rajasthan race off to 49 in just three overs. As many as ten consecutive boundaries were scored between the 2nd and the 3rd over. It is an IPL record now,
After a breathtaking start, the opening breakthrough was provided by Andre Russell. It was a much-needed breakthrough which stalled Rajasthan’s progress. From there on, it was Kuldeep Yadav who waved magic around the RR batsmen and pushed them to the backfoot. He started off with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.
The RR skipper attempted a reverse sweep but missed it altogether. The ball went on to disturb the timbers, and Kuldeep’s celebrations showed that how long he had waited for a wicket badly.
It was the much-needed tonic for Kuldeep, as he ended up bagging three more wickets. It included the wicket of dangerman Jos Buttler. He also attempted a reverse sweep and ended up giving an easy catch to the point fielder.
Kuldeep Yadav then bagged the wicket of Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes which was the final nail in the coffin for Rajasthan. They were eventually bowled out for 142 in 19 overs.
In the end, KKR reached the target quite comprehensively to win by six wickets and with a couple of overs to spare. Following the victory, there was a customary cake celebration, and Kuldeep was bathed in the cake by his teammates.
Mavi’s message to KKR and Kuldeep
Taking to his twitter handle, KKR fast bowler, Shivam Mavi shared a picture with the spinner where he can be seen smeared with cake all over his face.
“Finally we are just a step away from the playoffs, what an amazing spell and a fantastic team effort to bring our team a step closer to qualify the playoffs. Mandatory cake facial for such an outstanding performance on the field,” Mavi captioned the image.
Finally we are just a step away from the play offs, what an amazing spell and fantastic team effort to bring our team a step closer to qualify the play offs.
Mandatory cake facial for such an outstanding performance on the field 😝😝.#kkrhaitaiyaar #kkr. pic.twitter.com/Q9562spySg
— Shivam Mavi (@ShivamMavi23) May 16, 2018