Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. Kolkata Knight Riders have sealed the fourth and final playoffs spot in IPL 2021. On another Sharjah pitch with treacherous low bounce, Knight Riders enjoyed the perfect game on Thursday.
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First Innings: KKR vs RR
Rajasthan Royals won the toss & they had chance to make a right decision but instead they elected field first. The pattern of the game was quite clear during the opening exchanges. Royals bowled exclusively seam through their first 10 overs, and all their seamers looked to hit the shorter side of a good length and bowl cross-seamers and cutters into the pitch. The first nine overs produced a contest that neither side dominated, with the runs coming at barely over a run a ball, but with no wickets falling Knight Riders came out of it the happier side.
Tewatia ended the 11th over strongly, bowling Iyer as he attempted to reverse-sweep, and the match was interestingly poised, with Knight Riders having nine wickets to play with over just 9.1 overs. The last 10 overs brought Knight Riders 102 runs, leaving the Royals a highly tricky chase against one of the best attacks in the competition.
Second Innings: KKR vs RR
Slower balls and cutters work very well on slow, low pitches, but their utility mainly lies in drying up boundaries and sucking the life out of innings. They aren’t necessarily a means of full-frontal attack. In Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi, however, Knight Riders had two of the quickest bowlers in this match, and they showed that high pace can be utterly devastating when there’s low bounce on offer.
Royals were already three down before this became apparent, and there had been no grand design behind the first three wickets. Sanju Samson hit an uppish flick too close to short midwicket, and Liam Livingstone lost his shape while trying to pull. Mavi and Ferguson ripped through the Royals largely by means of bowling fast and getting the ball to skid through low from the shorter side of a good length. Tewatia is always the last man to concede defeat, however, and he slog-swept his way to a 36-ball 44 to ensure the Royals didn’t threaten the record for the lowest IPL total. They did, however, end their season by being bowled out for the lowest total of the season.
Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs.