Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 match on Saturday to register a second win in five matches. KKR scored 133 runs for nine wickets, batting first. Rajasthan achieved the target by losing four wickets in 18.5 overs. Captain Sanju Samson contributed the most unbeaten 42 runs for Rajasthan.
Apart from Tripathi, none of the KKR batsmen could play comfortably after receiving the batting invitation. After being economical for the first two overs, Nitish Rana hit the first four of the innings off Jaydev Unadkat in the third over, while in the next over, Shubman Gill drove Mustafizur to the boundary. After two balls Yashasvi Jaiswal dripped Gill’s catch. Gill, however, failed to take advantage of this and was run out in the sixth over trying to steal a run. Butler’s direct throw ended his 19-ball 11-run knock.
In the powerplay, KKR could score just 25 runs for one wicket. While Rahul Tripathi stepped to the crease and hit a four off his first ball against Unadkat, Rana hit the first six of the innings on the last ball of this over. Sakaria, who came for bowling in the ninth over, made Rana walk after getting caught by wicketkeeper Samson. He scored 22 runs in 25 balls. After this, Sunil Narine, who came to bat, hit a four off his first ball. Unadkat, however, showed the path to the pavilion before Naren became dangerous.
Naren failed to read his slow ball and Jaiswal took a brilliant catch and finished his six-ball innings. KKR took 53 for three in 10 overs. Tripathi welcomed Maris’ second spell in the 11th over with a six over fine leg. Captain Eoin Morgan was run out unfortunate on the next ball without coming on strike. Tripathi hit a fine straight drive but the ball hit Morgan’s bat and went to Maris and he did not delay the scattering.
Tripathi then welcomed Tewatia in the 12th over with a six, while Dinesh Karthik hit his first four in his next over. Mustafizur then trapped Tripathi in the 16th over with a slow ball. He was caught catching Ryan Pollen in the wake of a big shot. Andre Russell (nine runs off seven balls) opened his hand against Maurice for a six in the 17th over but two balls later caught David Miller on a long on boundary.
In the same over, Sakaria took a brilliant catch from Karthik to end his 25-run innings in 24 balls. Cummins (10) hit a six against Maurice on the first ball of the 20th over but was caught by Parag on the next ball. Maurice bowled Shivam Mavi (05) on the last ball of the innings to achieve the fourth success.