KKR vs RR match review Highlights:
- Rajasthan Royals defeated KKR by 3 wickets in 19.2 overs as they took off a 4 and a six off the first two balls of the last over with 9 runs needed
- Chasing the 175 the Royals had managed to register with Karthik’s 50 ball 97, cameos lower down the order from the Royals saw them reach the target with comfortable ease in the end
- The win saw the Royals move upto 6th position with 10 points from 11 matches. Elsewhere, KKR have now slumped to 6 straight defeats in the season, seeing them slump right at the bottom in 7th place
A match that the Royals looked nowhere to be in given the way they kept throwing their wickets away to spin turned on its head in the last 5 overs. In what was a sensational turnaround of events, the Royals from 78-4 in 10.1 overs, scored 177-7 in 19.2 overs as they emulated their marauding form to make it two wins out of two in the tournament and for the first time see themselves occupy 6th place in the league standings.
A result that’s trounced any last chances KKR had of reaching the top 4, it was a match they managed to throw away from nothing. After an opening stand of 53 in 5.2 overs which got off the Royals to an amazing start between Rahane(34) and Samson(22), Rajasthan saw nothing going their way in the next 8 overs of spin.
With Rahane caught right infront by Narine and Samson completely puzzled by a straight one by Piyush Chawla, a delivery that went right between his bat and pads to clean him up, the procession of quick wickets started for the visiting side. The inform Steve Smith followed up soon after, walking back for just 2, proceeded by Stokes(11) and Stuart(11), both cleaned up by Chawla. It was a period in which KKR had all but snatched the match away from the Royals, leaving them grasping at little nothing with Narine and Chawla delivering 8 overs between them for 45 runs with 5 extremely vital wickets.
With the lower middle-order being the Royal’s biggest abject showing this season, any chances they had of winning the encounter were all were gone before Riyan and Jofra Archer took apart KKR’s pacers. With an economy rate of above 11, KKR’s pacers have been the worst this IPL when it comes to bowling at the closing end of an innings and this match saw the same script being played out.
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From a situation of absolutely no return, Riyan’s 47 off 31 balls was completed by Archer’s 27 in 12 balls, an innings that included 2 fours and 2 sixes in it. The partnership put on 44 runs in 16 balls, seeing the Royals overturn dramatically what was expected to be an absolute nothing result for them.