Rajasthan Royals (RR) claimed their second victory of the season by defeating the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets in the current IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Rajasthan Royals’s captain Sanju Samsun won the toss again and chose to field first. Sent off to bat first, KKR were placed in a difficult situation from the beginning.The Eoin Morgan-drove side continued losing wickets at equivalent stretches and managed to set up 133/9 on the scoreboard toward the finish of the 20 overs.
KKR started slow with the openers Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana struggling to clear the boundaries in the batting power play. Rahul Tripathi was the highest run getter for KKR scoring 36 off 26 deliveries. Followed by Dinesh Karthik who scored 25 off 24.
Chris Morris was the key bowler, picking up 4 wickets giving away just 23 runs in his four over spell. Morris picked up important wickets of Karthuk, Russell and Pat Cummins. In the meantime, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman picked up a wicket each.
Chasing down a target of 134 runs, RR arrived at 134 for four in 18.5 overs. Rajasthan had an unstable beginning to their pursuit, losing an early wicket. Be that as it may, with the appearance of skipper Sanju Samson, RR balanced out their innings. The RR captain stayed unbeaten at 42 off 41 deliveries, and aided his side to a victory. Shivam Dube additionally made an important contribution with 22 runs off 18 balls. In the meantime, David Miller (24) stayed unbeaten and helped structure a game dominating partnership with Samson and pursued down the target with seven balls to spare.
Varun Chakravarthy was indeed KKR’s strike bowler with two wickets. In the interim, Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna enlisted a dismissal each. KKR struggled to get the important wicket of the RR captain Sanju Samson and proved to be costly in the end as they chased down the target with Sanju unbeaten. Sunil Narine gave away just 20 runs in his 4 overs but failed to pick up a wicket when it was most needed for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
With this victory Rajasthan Royals moved off the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table and they are presently positioned 6th with four points from five matches.
KKR, then again, have slipped to the lower part of the table with only two points from five games.
Sanju Samson said at the post match conference – “The bowlers have been doing great in the last four-five matches – the young people just as the seniors. I appreciate captaining them. I figure we could recognize easily that we needed the opposition to get big batsmen out. My point of view is really I don’t accompany a mentality. I simply love to continue making the most of my batting, yet these days I play as per the situation and attempt to dominate matches for my group. We will take one vacation day and plunk down and plan for the following game. “
While the losing captain Eoin Morgan said “The batting let us down. We did not have a lot of intent all through the entire innings. Didn’t put the bowlers under enough pressure. RR adjusted to the pitch much better. The wicket today wasn’t pretty much as great as it has been here at the Wankhede and that was a test in itself. Each time we had a go at taking an attacking alternative, we lost a wicket. Left us a ton to do at the back end, which we didn’t clearly do. More clear the psyche, the simpler it is (to play with aim). We need folks to play free-flowing cricket. It wasn’t there today tragically. “
RR will currently have a brief break from cricket as they move from Mumbai to Delhi and take on Mumbai Indians in their next match on Thursday, April 29.
KKR will move to Ahmedabad and take on Punjab Kings on Monday.