Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered another win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday, April 7.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field first. Their decision became fruitful when Prasidh Krishna cleaned up Ajinkya Rahane in the second over for 5. Rajasthan had a rather slow start where they managed to put up 28-1 after the powerplay. However, Steve Smith played a quickfire 73 off 59 and they ended up scoring 139 on board after 20 overs.
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Chasing this mere total of 140, Kolkata got off to a flying start; where the openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn added 91 runs in 8.3 overs. A blistering start helped them to chase down the total within 13.5 overs. Currently, they are placed at the top of the point table with 8 points.
Here are the three talking points of the game:
Slow batting approach of Rajasthan Royals
Asked to bat first, Rajasthan got the big blow when their in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed in the second over of the game. Then, a rather slow start led them to score mere 28 runs within the powerplay. Joss Buttler and Steve Smith tried to steady the ship and added 72 runs but they also struggled to score freely on the tricky surface.
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They were unable to convert that slow start a big one as they chose to play it in a defensive way. It was expected that big hitter Steve Smith and Ben Stokes could have scored big in the death overs but they hardly managed to hit big. They played 15 dot balls and scored mere 36 runs in the last five overs. Their slow and defensive approach let them put up 139 on board which was later chased down easily by KKR.
A terrific opening partnership of Kolkata Knight Riders
Put into bat, Rajasthan managed to put up 139 after 20 overs. Chasing 140, Kolkata got off to a blistering start. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn took on every bowler they faced. Both of them started hitting from the beginning. While Lynn managed two boundaries in the first over, Sunil Narine welcomed Krishnappa Gowtham with a boundary through short fine leg.
The next ball went for a dot. But the next four balls went for a six and three consecutive boundaries respectively. Their constant big hits helped them to score 65 within the powerplay. However, they continued their work and add 91 runs in 8.3 overs before Narine’s dismissal; who scored a blitzy 47 off 25, including 6 boundaries and 3 sixes.
On the other hand, Lynn scored a 32-ball 50 before his dismissal in the 11th over. His knock included 6 boundaries and 3 sixes. Both the openers made the winning foundation for Kolkata’s win over Rajasthan.
The missed dismissal chances
Rajasthan pacer Dhawal Kulkarni had a rather miserable day with the ball on Sunday at Jaipur. Rajasthan were conceding 139 where two dismissal chances missed.
Kulkarni came to bowl in the 4th over when Sunil Narine was batting at 23 off 7. He got deceived by the slower delivery and hit early. The ball was in the air for a while when Tripathi, who was at point region, couldn’t grab the ball. However, Narine made Rajasthan punish for this and scored another 24 runs before got out for 47.
If Narine’s dismissal was an easy one, Chris Lynn’s missed dismissal chance was way unimaginable. After Narine’s missed dismissal chance, the next delivery was about to dismiss Lynn. He got an inside edge that hit the stumps. But surprisingly, the bails were at their places after lights flared up and that went for a boundary.
The result might have been changed if these two missed opportunities were taken by Rajasthan. However, a steady start helped Kolkata win the game whereas the slow approach led Rajasthan to another defeat.