Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) keep themselves alive knocking RR out by 60 runs in Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a total of 191 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Skipper Eoin Morgan was the highest run-scorer for KKR, smashing 68 runs off 35 deliveries. Morgan’s innings comprised of five boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell further made his presence felt with 25 runs off 11 deliveries in an innings comprising of a boundary and 3 sixes. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik went as golden duck by Jofra Archer and Rahul Tewatia respectively.

Eoin Morgan was the highest run-scorer for KKR, smashing 68 runs off 35 deliveries.(livesportcentre.com)
Eoin Morgan was the highest run-scorer for KKR, smashing 68 runs off 35 deliveries.(BCCIIPL/KKR)

For Rajasthan Royals (RR) Rahul Tewatia was the pick of the bowlers, accounting for three wickets. Karthik Tyagi further chipped in with two wickets.

While chasing the target of 192 runs For Rajasthan Royals (RR) Robin Uthappa started the innings with a six but by the end of the Powerplay, Rajasthan Royals (RR) found themselves reeling in the run-chase. They lost all of their top-four batsmen in the Powerplay. Highest run-scorer of RR Jos Buttler was not enough to chase the target and team RR could manage 131/9 in 20 overs. RR now finish last due to this heavy loss, and CSK will end at 7th.

Pat Cummins became KKR’s second bowler to take 3 wickets in the Powerplay. Cummins was the pick of the bowlers, considering for 4 wickets. Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy took two wickets each.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers, accounting for four wickets(livesportcentre.com)
Cummins was the pick of the bowlers, accounting for four wickets(BCCI/IPL/KKR)

Pat Cummins, Man of the Match: (On going for 19 in the first over) A lot goes through your mind. First few balls weren’t great. As long as you go back to bowling your best balls, it’s alright. Top of off is always that area for me, there was a bit early in there with the new ball. So, I was trying to get as many in there as I can. Not really, don’t think I expected to get all wickets like that. Some days you bowl well and don’t get luck, some days you get a bit of luck as well. Today, everything fell into place. I guess early on in the season, I put a lot of pressure on myself. As the tournament has gone on, I’ve got better and better. You’re always learning.

Steve Smith: We thought 180 was par. But losing four in the first four didn’t help. He (Cummins) bowled nice lengths and made us play big shots. Unfortunately we are at the wrong end of the result. We started well with two wins, we won two before this one but we were inconsistent in the middle we didn’t take enough responsibility. Couple of positives for us, Jofra has played exceptionally well for us. Tewatia pulled a few out of the hat for us, bowled exceptionally well through the tournament as well. You need to win those you should win. The BCCI and everyone involved to get this tournament up and running have done a fantastic. Hope we were able to put few smile on people’s faces, especially in India where it’s been tough.

Eoin Morgan: I thought it was around a par score. Every batsman who came back in and said that it was a beautiful wicket with the dew in. We lost wickets between 10th and 15th overs, and to finish like we did was really good. We were out there to be play a free-flowing style of cricket. That was the only way we were going to win. Especially with the dew factor expected anyways, irrespective of when it came. Bringing out Dre Russ in meant that it took the conditions out of the equation. We backed the guys to take a bit of risk even if it wasn’t there. That was one thing we talked about, leading into this game. We felt that a hard length or a good length was the best spot to bowl. We tried to execute that in the first six overs and I thought Mavi was outstanding. Obviously Pat set the tone early on. Winning the game was about taking wickets, especially early. RR are a side that are top-heavy and you need to get them early. Having that aggressive mindset was important for us. Yes, I was aware of the numbers (about net run rate) but you need to first get yourself into a winning position. I don’t think we could have done anything more today. So whatever happens from here is upto the Gods.

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