In front of the Kolkata bowlers, the top-ranked Rajasthan batsmen were seen bowing. KKR had challenged Rajasthan for a 175-run victory. But Rajasthan did not take up the challenge and lost.
Chasing KKR’s 175-run target, Rajasthan’s batting collapsed like an address bungalow. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti together broke the backbone of Rajasthan’s top four batsmen. That is why Rajasthan’s KKR challenge could not be successfully pursued. Rajasthan’s Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Jose Butler, Rahul Tewatia and Robin Uthappa all failed in this match.
Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat first. KKR did not have a good start this time. Because he got the first blow in the form of opener Sunil Naril (15). Rajasthan fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Narin to give the team its first victory. After Narine’s dismissal, young opener Shubhaman Gill was batting vigorously.
After Narin’s dismissal, there was some partnership between Gill and Nitish Rana. But Rana was dismissed for 22 and the pair broke up. Now the team was in control of Gulwar. Because Gill was pretty stable. But shortly after Rana was dismissed, Gill was also dismissed. Gill hit 47 off 34 balls with five fours and a six.
After Gill’s dismissal, skipper Dinesh Karthik came to bat. But this time Karthik had to settle for just one run. After Dinesh’s dismissal, Andre Russell batted for a while, but Russell was not able to make a big impact this time. Russell hit 24 off 14 balls with three sixes. Eoin Morgan batted fast in the final overs, scoring an unbeaten 34 off 23 balls.
Jofra Archer, a fast bowler from Rajasthan, introduced a penetrating bowling pattern. Joffra also took two wickets for 18 runs in his four overs.