Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals in their home ground by 40 runs and sealed their second victory of this tournament. Rajasthan Royals showed a poor middle order performance and lost their five wickets on just 54 runs. Rajasthan Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Opener Arcy short contributed some important runs for his team and set a good total of 160 in 20 overs. Tom Curran and Nitish Rana got two-two wickets each and conceded 19 and 11 runs respectively. By chasing the target, KKR Opener Sunil Narine knocked 35 runs while Robin Uthappa scored 48 runs. Skipper Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana also contributed some good innings of 35* and 42* respectively. Rajasthan pacer Krishnappa Gowtham got 2 wickets and conceded only 23 runs in his four-over spell.
At first, KKR Won the toss and opted to bowl first, his decision was proved wrong when Ajinkya Rahane and Arcy short gave a good start of 54 runs, Ajinkya Rahane became the first victim of Part-time bowler Nitish Rana, who picked him in a slow delivery. After adding 8 runs, Rajasthan lost their last match-winning star Sanju Samson, who was caught by Kuldeep Yadav in Shivam Mavi’s over. After this Rajasthan’s batsman were failed to set some big partnership and set a match-winning total of 160 runs.
KKR Skipper Dinesh Karthik is happy with his team performance because it was a great victory in Rajasthan’s home ground and it will boost their team confidence as well as individually also. While Ajinkya Rahane will try to change his luck in their next game, although he played well but it was not quite enough to win this game.
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI– Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI- Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav