RR vs KKR match review Highlights:
- RR were defeated by 8 wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to slump to their fourth defeat of the season
- Batting first, RR could only manage to put on 139 despite Smith (73) batting till the end and the side having 7 wickets in their kitty
- KKR chased down the target in 13.5 overs with RR’s pacers failing to pitch the ball in the right areas as Gopal ended up being the only wicket taker for them
RR vs KKR match review
Met out a surface that favours your opponent more than you and you deserve to lose the match. On a Sawai Mansingh stadium, where the ball stayed low and the pitch played slow, conditions were made to support KKR’s 12 overs of spin rather than the hosts pace battery. It was a surface that funnily enough, the Royals were unable to crack, seeing them slip to their 4th defeat in 5 matches to consolidate their 7th place position in the league standings.
Everything about the Royals was wrong on the day and they deserved to go down in the manner they did. Be it from the batting or the bowling front, Rajasthan got their game plans wrong in both the departments, completely failing to understand how or what needed to be executed on the surface. They were decimated by 8 wickets in the end with their season left in tatters, burdened by the many travesties that have all been their own making.
Coming out to bat first, despite losing Rahane (5) in the second over itself, a 72-run stand between Buttler and Smith ensured that the Royals kept wickets intact ahead of the final part of their innings. With Smith going at an extremely tepid rate, failing to get behind the spinning delivery, Buttler who was starting to find the boundaries, fell at the wrong moment for his side to Gurney for a 34 ball, 37 run innings.
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From there on, it was a start-stop innings from the Royals that saw them end up well behind the required score. Facing 59 balls, Smith could only manage to get 73, an innings that did his side more harm than good with him never being able to up the ante throughout his innings. The middle-order didn’t help either with Stokes coming right at the death to eat up 14 deliveries and get just the 7 runs off them as Rajasthan’s dismal showing with the bat took them to 139-3 off their quota of overs.
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The home side were hardly any better with the ball as well. On a wicket that had clearly offered aid to the slower bowlers, Rahane decided to keep persisting with his pacers. Taking a liking to pace on the bat, Narine (47) and Lynn (50), took the match away from RR in a jiffy with an opening stand of 91 in 8.3 overs. It was a partnership that left Rajasthan well behind in the match as they just needed up completing formalities to hand over an 8 wicket win to their opposition in a completely one-sided encounter to bring an end to Sunday in the IPL.