IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders register comfortable 7-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals
The Kolkata Knight Riders recorded a comfortable win over the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, thus ending the hosts' massive unbeaten streak at home. The KKR bowlers restricted Rajasthan to 160/8 before their batting unit combined well to chase down the target.
Kolkata Knight Riders picked up a comfortable seven-wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Wednesday as the two sides faced off against each other in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). Batting first, the Royals scored 160/8 in their 20 overs, with D'Arcy Short top-scoring for the side. However, the total was insufficient in the end as the Knight Riders coasted home with more than an over to spare and chased down the target.
The Rajasthan Royals began their innings on a slow note as openers Ajinkya Rahane and D'arcy Short looked to get used to the spinners unleashed by the Knight Riders. The first three overs saw them score just nine runs as Aussie short looked particularly uncomfortable against the slower bowlers. The fourth over saw Rahane finally break the shackles as Narine was smacked for four fours in a row by the Royals skipper. They ended the powerplay at a decent 48/0 but from there on, wickets fell regularly and they failed to capitalize.
D'Arcy Short was the top scorer for the Royals with 44 off 43 balls while Rahane scored 36 in 19. The KKR spinners came to the fore for their side as Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav, who opened the bowling, conceded a total of 41 runs in their eight overs together. Nitish Rana too chipped in with two overs, grabbing a couple of wickets and giving away just 11 runs. The only sore thumb in the bowling department was Sunil Narine, who went for a whopping 48 runs in his quota of four overs.
However, he made up for it with the bat in the second innings, as smacked 35 runs off 25 balls opening the batting. KKR got off to a rocky start as Chris Lynn departed for a duck in the very first over but Narine and Uthappa steadied the ship with a 69-run stand. The West Indian was run out in a rather peculiar manner while Uthappa was dismissed on 48 by a Ben Stokes blinder on the long on boundary.
However, skipper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounder Rana saw their team through to the end with a partnership of 61, finishing their knocks unbeaten at 42 and 35 runs respectively. With this result, the Royals saw their incredible unbeaten streak in Jaipur come to a screeching halt and the Knight Riders climbed to the top of the league table with six points.
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