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Kolkata Knight Riders snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Rajasthan Royals

Andre Russell KKR

Rajasthan Royals  (144-4)were in the driver’s seat for most part of the match but ended up losing to Kolkata Knight Riders (169-7) by a fair margin of 25 runs in the IPL Eliminator.

The IPL eliminator played between KKR and RR at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was much like a Test match. It is in the five-day format in which you see that a team plays very well for five sessions but has one awful session and in no time, the match runs out of their grasp.

Similarly, RR bowled exceedingly well for the first 12-13 overs and batted sensibly for the first 12-13 overs. What transpired in the remaining overs led to their downfall.

 Batting first, KKR got off to a shocker of a start as they lost 4 wickets for 51 runs within the first 8 overs. The spin duo of Krishnappa Gowtham (3-15-2) and Shreyas Gopal (4-34-1) cleaned up the openers Sunil Narine (4) and Chris Lynn (18) respectively.

The ship was then steadied by youngster Shubman Gill (28,17b) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (52,38b). Gill scored at a quick clip and once he was dismissed by Jofra Archer(4-33-2), all-rounder Ander Russell (MoM) did the rest. The Jamaican played a match-winning knock, blasting 49 runs off 25 balls.

In reply, RR’s chase got off the blocks well. The 47-run opening stand between Ajinkya Rahane (46,41b) and Rahul Tripathi (20,13b) gave a lot of surety to the Rajasthan side. Once Tripathi got out, Sanju Samson (50,38b) played a free flocking knock as Rahane went about his business quietly.

With 109-1 at the end of 14 overs, Rajasthan were looking set for a comfortable chase. However, the following batsmen in Stuart Binny (0), Heinrich Klassen (18,18b) and Krishnappa Gowtham (9,7b) could not free their arms.

Spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4-18-1) and Piyush Chawla (4-24-2) came up with some class bowling to choke RR’s chase.

As a result, despite having 6 wickets in hands, RR fell short of the target by a good 25-run margin.

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