RR beat KKR by 6 wickets
Chris Morris declared Player of the Match for his 60 off 52 balls
A responsible innings by Sanju Samson helped RR win.
RR VS KKR Highlights – Overview
Kolkata Knight Riders poor form continues as they lost from Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets. With this loss, KKR moved to the bottom of the points table and Rajasthan Royals jumped to the 6th position. This was the 4th straight loss for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
RR VS KKR Highlights – A poor batting performance by KKR: The batting has again pulled the Kolkata Knight Riders back as the team struggled their way to post a below-par total on a ground that is known for high-scoring matches. After asking to bat first by Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders openers struggled to get away in the powerplay managing just 24 runs. The score was somewhat fine, they could have overcome it but the run out by Jos Butler of Subhman Gill just rubbed salt into the wound.
RR VS KKR Highlights – Failed to post a good total: Nitish Rana after his three back-to-back fifties in the first three games has struggled to get runs. Today he looked out of touch and scored a 25 ball 22. Rahul Tripathi played a decent innings scoring 36 of 26 balls but failed to convert his start. KKR kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the pressure kept mounting. Dinesh Karthik tried his best to support the team but couldn’t able to make a mark and finally got out after a run-a-ball 25. Andre Russell who played a brutal inning in the last games failed today to trouble the bowlers.
RR VS KKR Highlights – Outstanding RR bowlers: Rajasthan Royals bowlers are outstanding today, never let the KKR settle down. Chris Morris was impressive with the bowl picking up four wickets conceding just 23 off his four overs. All bowlers were economical today and didn’t allow the batsmen to getaway. Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya all bowled well taking one wicket each.
RR VS KKR Highlights – Top-order Worries for RR: Although the run on board was less the chase could have been tricky for Rajasthan Royals as the top order has failed to produce runs at the top. The same happened today as Jos Butler missed the straight one and got out leg before in the fourth over. After Butler’s departure, Sanju Samson came in to join Yashasvi Jaiswal. The youngster (Yashasvi) who has replaced Manan Vohra played took the initiative and played a good hand. But soon got dismissed miscued the shot and got out caught in the outfield of Shivam Mavi.
RR VS KKR Highlights – Sensible batting by Sanju Samson: Shivam Dube and Sanju Samson put on a good 45 runs partnership to get closer to the target. Sanju played a sensible captain’s innings today. Started with a boundary but controlled himself and didn’t get carried away as in earlier innings. He played a steady inning and took his team over the line. He scored a brilliant 42 off 41 balls with two boundaries and one six. There was a bit of hiccup in the innings when KKR took two quick wickets of Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia but Sanju Samson and David Miller finished the game for Rajasthan Royals without taking much risk.
RR VS KKR Highlights – KKR Key bowlers struggled: The key bowler of Kolkata Knight Riders, Pat Cummins had an off day today giving away 36 runs in his 3.5 overs without taking a wicket. Varun Chakravarthy bowled a decent spell for his two scalps of four over conceding 32 runs. Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi got one wicket each.
Rajasthan Royals jumped to the 6th spot after winning the game today, Kolkata is at the bottom of the table with two points. Kolkata looks like a good side having a good bench strength but needs to apply themselves and execute their plans properly before it’s too late. Although Rajasthan has won the game, the team has to address few concerns before the upcoming matches. The management doesn’t have many options as key players like Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Liam Livingstone are not available for the season.
UPCOMING MATCHES FOR THE TEAM
This was the last match for both the team in Mumbai. Rajasthan Royal will play their upcoming matches at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. They will meet Mumbai Indians for their sixth match on 29th April at 3:30 PM. Kolkata Knight Riders will play their upcoming matches at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They will Punjab Kings Riders on 26th April at 7:30 PM.
THE TURNING POINT
Poor Batting performace by the batting unit of KKR.
Player of the Match
Brief scores: RR 134/4 in 18.5 overs (S Samson 42, D Miller 24, V Chakravarthy 2/32) beat KKR 133/9 in 20 overs (R Tripathi 36, C Morris 4/23) by 6 wickets
RR Playing XI: Jos Butler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur rahman
KKR Playing XI: Nitish Rana, Subhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
It’s a doubleheader today, the first match will feature the table-toppers – Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at 3:30 PM. The second match will be between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capital at 7:30 PM in Chennai. The live telecast will be on Star sports networks and Hotstar.