IPL 2021: Kolkata demolish Rajasthan to almost land playoff slot
Kolkata Knight Riders demolished Rajasthan Royals in their final league match by 86 runs in the Indian Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Kolkata are all but through to the playoffs, but for a last day miracle by Mumbai Indians.
On Thursday night, Kolkata posted 171 for four after being asked to bat and Rajasthan in their chase were skittled out for a mere 85.
Earlier, Kolkata rode high on a fine opening stand between Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer (38) worth 79. Thereafter there were some more useful stands, especially the one between Gill (56: 44b, 4x4, 2x6) and Rahul Tripathi for the third wicket for 39 runs.
Kolkata's innins ended well as they finished on 171 for four in their 20 overs. Rajasthan used as many as seven bowlers but could not manage to create any sort of impression on Kolkata's batsmen.
In their chase, Rajasthan struggled to get going and lost wickets at regular intervals. Only Shivam Dube (18) early on showed some spark. Rajasthan were at one stage 35 for seven, before Rahul Tewatia (44) used the long handle to good effect to delay the inevitable Finally the innings came to a close when Tewatia was the last man out with the score on 85 after 16.1 overs
For Kolkata the highest wicket-taker was Shivam Mavi (4-21) who claimed his best ever IPL figures and Lockie Ferguson (3-18).
Earlier, Rajasthan made four changes to their playing XI bringing in Liam Livingstone, Jaydev Unadkat, Anuj Rawat and Chris Morris. Kolkata on the other hand made just one change bringing in Ferguson for Tim Southee.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 171-4 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-79 (Venkatesh Iyer-10.5 ov), 2-92 (Nitish Rana-11.5 ov), 3-133 (Shubman Gill-15.4 ov), 4-145 (Rahul Tripathi-17.1 ov)
Rajasthan Royals: 85 (16.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Yashasvi Jaiswal-0.3 ov), 2-1 (Sanju Samson-1.1 ov), 3-12 (Liam Livingstone-3.2 ov), 4-13 (Anuj Rawat-3.4 ov), 5-33 (Glenn Phillips-7.3 ov), 6-34 (Shivam Dube-7.6 ov), 7-35 (Chris Morris- 8.6 ov), 8-62 (Jaydev Unadkat-11.2 ov), 9-85 (Chetan Sakariya-15.3 ov), 10-85 (Rahul Tewatia-16.1 ov)
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 86 runs
Rajasthan Royals: Liam Livingstone, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (captain & wicket-keeper), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Anuj Rawat, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, elected to field
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE Time
Match officials: Michael Gough, Saiyed Khalid (On-field umpires); Yeshwant Barde (TV Umpire); Navdeep Singh (Reserve Umpire); Manu Nayyar (Match-referee)
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