Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in an IPL match on Thursday. The Royals Seventeen year old teenager, Riyan Parag, handed over Kolkata their sixth consecutive defeat in the tournament. Parag batted beautifully scoring 47 from 31 balls, chasing down the target of 176 runs alone for Rajasthan Royals.
The Royals needed 54 runs from the final five overs. Jofra Archer along with Parag, gave Royals a crucial partnership of 44 runs. It was Archer’s last game for the Royals before he left for England, he finished at 27 from 12 balls. He got his team finish chase successfully with four balls to spare.
The loss put RCB, RR and KKR in the last spot with eight points each from 11 games.
Other Royal batsmen, openers Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane gave a rolling start with individual contributions of 22 and 34 respectively. However, suddenly, after losing quick wickets RR were reduced for 63/3 in 8 overs.
Sunil Narine LBW’ed Rahane, and Chawla got the wicket of Samson in a googley. Captain Steve Smith was sent back to the pavillion on 2 by Narine. Just when the match was drifting towards KKR, Parag and Archer changed the course.
Earlier, while batting first KKR’s skipper Dinesh Karthik picked up carrer best IPL score 97 not out to post a competitive total of 175/6. Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, smashed nine sixes and seven fours in the fifty balls he faced. KKR scored 126 from the final ten overs, out of which 75 just came from the last five overs. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over.
KKR’s most successful player of the season, Andre Russell was dropped twice before finally being caught at 14. . Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket, while Varun Aaron bowled a fine spell of 2/20.
When KKR were put to bat first, they fell to 32/2 in the powerplay overs itself. Openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill were dismissed cheaply.