The match between KKR and was certainly a decisive one which pushed RR down and KKR took the lead ahead of the former. KKR was storming past RR with their great bowling lineup and successfully were able to oust several players in a very short duration of time. KKR started to pull down RR from the very first over by sending in Shivam Mavi.
Their disheartened start of only 2 runs in the opening over was only the beginning of a great victory for KKR. Although Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler did a fairly good attempt to try and redeem themselves. They hit a good number of fours but Russell managed to catch Tripathi’s ambitious hit and he was out. Tripathi should have taken it slower and should have bid him time for a while longer. Buttler was taking care of those ambitious sixes. Tripathi got out way too soon since the game had not even completed 5 overs. However, such a loss of the opening player has happened on several occasions in the past and hence, not much was lost since Buttler was still in and playing.
Ajinkya Rahane replaced Tripathi, but he didn’t last long as Kuldeep Yadav managed to trick him with a googly and it hits the stumps. Now, that’s an embarrassing way to get out and so early into the game; he barely lasted a few overs. The team spirit and the fans were naturally getting tensed because the best batsmen were getting out so easily. However, the scores were not really bad at the moment and there were ways to balance the losses out. But, just when RR thought they were going to have it all under control Jos Buttler got out! Now, that certainly is a huge loss to the team and is nerve-racking. Clearly, Kuldeep Yadav had understood the kind of balls these men were falling at and repeatedly were giving them those. Buttler swept the ball into the third man’s hand. Not long after Sanju Samson had to bid adieu. This wicket, although RR could have gotten away with, had KKR not asked for the third umpire. Unfortunately for Samson, the ball clearly managed to blow the leg stump.
Merely one run up, Stuart Binny also misses a googly, which appears to be the specialty of bowler Kuldeep Yadav by now. He comes down the track and is unable to save himself when Dinesh Karthik smashes the stumps. With five wickets down, Rajasthan Royals is crumbling because their best players have fallen and not in the most glorious manner. RR then begins to literally heave itself across a century. They lost 5 wickets in 37 runs, which is heartbreaking to watch. Soon, at 103 runs, Shivam Mavi sends in a bouncer to Krishnappa Gowtham, the incredible speed takes him by surprise and he is out before he knows it. The bat touches the ball and then it calmly lands onto the hands of the keeper, leaving the score 103/6. Four runs later, the magnificent ‘wicket taker’ Kuldeep bowls and catches, showing Ben Stokes the way out. Now, with 7 wickets down, prospects for a win have darkened further but Jaydev Unadkat comes in and hits three fours and a six, slightly raising the possibility of a win, putting smiles on a few faces, pulling the score up to 128 slowly.
The joy does not last very long. 16 overs up, and right after Jaydev’s popular streak, Ish Sodhi is out, creating the score of 128/8. Replaced by the Jofra Archer, the score is pulled till 135 when another catch by Shubham Gill goes down in favor for KKR and Archer is out. With incredible journeys or catches and googlies, KKR is all smiles.