Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets in IPL thriller

Archer hits the winning runs for the Rajasthan Royals
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Jofra Archer the hero as Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders
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Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kolkata today in the IPL.

Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders 175 - 6 (Dinesh Karthik 97*; Varun Aaron 2-20)

Rajasthan Royals 176 - 7 (Ajinkya Rahane 34, Riyan Parag 47 , Jofra Archer 27*; Piyush Chawla 3-20, Sunil Narine 2-25)

Result - Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets

Scorecard

Tournament Stats and Points Table

Put in to bat first on their home pitch, Kolkata Knight Riders scored a competitive 175 – 6 with Dinesh Karthik 97* the hero with the bat and Varun Aaron 2-20 off 4 overs the star with the ball for Rajasthan Royals.

In reply, Rajasthan Royals got home, with 4 balls to spare, in a thrilling run chase that swung back and forth, as wickets fell and partnerships blossomed.  They scored 176 - 7 with Ajinkya Rahane 34, Riyan Parag 47 and  Jofra Archer 27* the main run getters and Piyush Chawla 3-20, and Sunil Narine 2-25 the main wicket takers for KKR.

Archer hits the winning runs for the Rajasthan Royals ahead of joining his England teammates in the one-day squad for games against Pakistan and Ireland in May. 

Archer on leaving Royals early to join England:

  • “I’m upset about leaving but I’m going on to something that is very important to me. Everyone here at Rajasthan understands that and is very happy for me.”
  • “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to go and chase my dreams and for that I will always have a special place in my heart for Rajasthan.”

 

Response to the game and form with the bat ahead of joining England:

  • “It’s a massive boost, hopefully the England coaching selectors will see what I can do. Hopefully it can get me to where I aim to be as a contributor in the team.”

 

 

 

Kolkata Knight Riders - Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(c)(wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Prithvi Raj

Rajasthan Royals - Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(wk), Steve Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron

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