KKR vs RR Eliminator Match Highlights:
- KKR won by 25 runs
- They made 169-7
- They will now play SRH on the 25th
The eliminator played at Eden Gardens went in favour of the Kolkata Knightriders courtesy of an all-round performance by the home side. Taking on Rajasthan Royals infront of a wave of faithful purple, KKR turned on the style. Dominating in all the three departments of the game saw them comfortably cruise to the second qualifier against the Sunrisers Hyderabad by a margin on 25 runs.
Billed as favourites before the match, KKR justified the tag placed on them. They came to win and win they did. It was a classy showing by them, one that would have increased the confidence of the team multifold before the crucial second qualifier, the winner of which will face CSK in the final on the 27th.
Coming back to KKR vs RR eliminator match highlights, Winning the toss, Ajinkya Rahane got what he wished for, putting the hosts into bat first. His decision seemed to be the perfect one too after his side stuck in the first over itself with Gowtham sending back the dangerous Narine off the second ball only. The next three were in a hurry to follow Narine back to the pavilion and departed early, putting KKR in a precarious situation. It was then that captain Karthik and youngster Gill sailed through the rough waters to stabilise KKR’s innings. Karthik’s role for the home side has been invaluable this year. He has matured as a batsman ever since his match winning innings against Bangladesh and has turned out to be a huge asset for his franchise. Unperturbed by the burdens of captaincy, Karthik has finally come off age this year and he showed it once again yesterday. Deft touches, sweeps and cleverly timed shots all around the park by him keep the score ticking and saw him register his half-century. The finishing touches to KKR’s innings were applied by Russel who came out with only one purpose. 49 of 25 saw him spoil all the good work put in by RR and take his side to 169.
Chasing RR seemed to be cruising before the demise of Rahane. The spin trio of Yadav, Chawla and Narine put a roadblock on the visitor’s innings who despite having wickets in hand couldn’t get anywhere near to the total. Sanju Sampson perished trying to hit a big one and with that ended his team’s hopes this year as well.
After the KKR vs RR eliminator match highlights, do read what all is involved in Qualifier 2 match.