Anmol Pundir

A team contribution from Kolkata Knight Riders helped them to clinch a victory over Rajasthan Royals in their final league match. Shubman Gill remained the highest run-scorer whereas ShivamMavi took most wickets for his team in the match

Rajasthan Royals winning the toss opted to bowl first, KKR who are among the best contenders to qualify for 4th spot in the playoffs, began batting cautiously on Sharjah pitch and added 79 runs for their opening wicket.

The pitch which behaved double paced in this season asked Iyer and Gill to settle their eyes on the pitch before hitting some lofty drives. After the fine opening stand, Venkatesh Iyer got out on Rahul Tewatia’s quick flat middle stump bowl.

KKR after having a strong start had a clear intention to capitalize as much they can and went on to score 171 in 20 overs which is Sharjah’s highest total this season. Shubhman Gill’s sensible fifty and quick knocks from Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, and Dinesh Kartik helped KKR to achieve a winning total.

Rajasthan Royals who are now officially out of the tournament had a disastrous start after Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson got 4 wickets in the first 4 overs.

Rajasthan Royals needed a miracle to have won the game from this situation. Shivam Dube and Glenn Phillips hit a couple of sixes but got out in Shivam Mavi’s over.

When royals hope to win the match were almost over Rahul Tewatia had some felicitous time in the middle and scored 44 runs of 36 balls, Tewatia’s knock made KKR wait for their victory a little longer unless Shivam Mavi bowled Rahul Tewatia on the very first ball of 17th over giving KKR a sweet taste of satisfying victory in their 14th match. Shivam Mavi took 4 wickets in the match and declared Man of the Match.

Kolkata Knight Riders win over Rajasthan almost ensured their place in the playoffs. If Mumbai Indians defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs or more, only then can they surpass KKR’s net run rate.

KKR now has 14 points from 14 matches. Mumbai Indians will face Sunrisers Hyderabad on 8th October.

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