Jos Buttler falls, Rajasthan Royals follow
Kolkata Knight Riders (145-4) defeat Rajasthan Royals (142-10) by 6 wickets on their home ground at Eden Gardens to inch closer to a playoff berth.
A phenomenal bowling effort and a complete batting performance guides us to our 7??th win in #VivoIPL and takes us one step closer to the playoffs. ??#KKRvRR #IPL2018 #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/8UZMhX6oFD— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 15, 2018
It was the first time in six games that Jos Buttler did not score a fifty. Buttler had won the last two games single-handedly for RR, scoring 90s in each game. This where the danger lies when you become so over dependent on an individual. And it was not as if the English keeper-batsman failed with the bat. He scored a 22 ball 39 which is a pretty good score in T20s but the other batsmen failed to come to the party.
Put in to bat first, RR flew away with the match in the first 3 overs, smashing 49 runs. Jos Buttler got stuck into the youngster Shivam Mavi (4-44-1), taking him for 28 runs in one over.
Rahul Tripathi too, who accompanied Buttler at the top of the order, stroked a quick fire 27 as the duo built an impressive 63-run partnership.
However, once the openers got out, it was the same old story for Rajasthan. As no other RR batsman could put up a fight, Kuldeep Yadav (MoM) wreaked havoc with match figures of 4-20-4. He was well assisted by all-rounder Andre Russell (3-13-2).
Coming in to chase, KKR got exactly what they wanted. Sunil Narine’s stay at the crease may have been short but his score of 21 that came off just 7 balls at a strike rate of 300, was like a booster shot for the chase.
With good hands from Chris Lynn (45) and Nitish Rana (21), skipper Dinesh Karthik (41, 31b) continued his consistent display.
With 2 overs remaining, KKR sealed the match and moved just one win away from making it to the playoffs.
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