Kolkata Knight Riders first scored 171/4, they dismissed Rajasthan Royals for 85 in 16.1. Catch highlights of KKR vs RR, IPL 2021 match here.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan lost the toss but it didn't really matter at the end as they all but secured the final available playoff spot with a thrashing of Rajasthan Royals. First, Shubman Gill (56 off 44) and Venkatesh Iyer (38 off 35) gave the team a solid foundation to score a big score. Then, the bowlers defended 171/4 in some style, dismissing RR for 85 all in 16.1 overs. Shivam Mavi (4/21) and Lockie Ferguson (3/18) led the pack even as Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakaravarthy contributed with vital strikes. For RR, Rahul Tewatia played a valiant knock of 44 off 36. There's no difference in the standings but KKR have further boosted the net run rate, to 0.587, and made Mumbai Indians' task almost impossible. RR will finish the season 7th, just above Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 10 points (five wins and nine defeats).
Check updated standings and net run rates HERE.
And best bowling figures for Shivam Mavi (4/21 in 3.1 overs) to wrap up the match. Rahul Tewatia (44 off 36) drags on and it's all over for Rajasthan Royals, and most probably Mumbai Indians. An 86-run win for Kolkata Knight Riders and they sure join Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the playoffs.
Rohit Sharma's defending champions need a massive, massive win (at least by 171 runs) against Sunrisers Hyderabad to trump KKR.
And there's a run out too. Chetan Sakariya (1 off 5) is out. Great throw for Shakib Al Hasan and Dinesh Karthik gets the job done. Mustafizur Rahman joins Rahul Tewatia (43 off 35). Sunil Narine on with his final over. RR - 84/9 (15.3)
Sunil Narine on with his third over. Rahul Tewatia hits the second ball for a six. Eight from the over. His figures so far: 0/29. Rajasthan need 98 in 42. RR - 74/8 (13)
Lockie Ferguson on with his third over. Jaydev Unadkat hits the first over for a four, then a wicket. Third for Lockie. Caught by Shakib Al Hasan. Unadkat goes for 6 off 5. RR - 62/8 (11.2)
Rahul Tewatia is not taking it lying down. The left-hander hits Shivam Mavi for back-to-back fours. 14 from the over. RR - 49/7 (10)
Meanwhile, some crazy stats. 35/7 is the lowest seventh wicket down in IPL history. The previous low was 42/7 by RCB against the same opponents (KKR) in Kolkata in 2017.
Varun Chakaravarthy on with his second over and he also joins the hunt. Seventh down. Chris Morris (0 off 2), LBW. Too full and too straight. RR - 35/7 (9)
And Shivam Dube is also bowled, by Shivam Mavi (18 off 20). Wicket on the third and another on the sixth. Mavi's figures: 3/7 in two overs. RR - 34/6 (8)
Shivam Mavi returns for his second over and gets the wicket of Glenn Phillips (8 off 12). Bowled. RR - 33/5 (7.3).
A stunned Rajasthan Royals camp watches as Shivam Dube (10 off 15) and Glenn Phillips (0 off 7) try to negotiate with Lockie Ferguson in the middle. RR - 17/4 (6)
Another one for Lockie Ferguson. He traps Anuj Rawat (0 off 1) in front with the fourth ball. One run and two wickets in the over. RR - 13/4 (4)
Lockie Ferguson strikes with his second ball. Liam Livingstone (6 off 6), caught by Rahul Tripathi. Bouncer doing the damage. RR - 12/3 (3.2)
Mavi strikes first ball. And great catch by skipper Eoin Morgan at mid-wicket to send his rival number, Sanju Samson back for 1 off 4. RR - 1/2 (1.1)
Yashasvi Jaiswal to take the first strike. His opening partner is Liam Livingstone. Shakib Al Hasan with the first over. Two dots and Jaiswal is bowled. RR - 0/1 (0.3)
Chris Morris with the final over of the innings. 16 runs from the over, including four byes and a six. Eoin Morgan (13 off 11) and Dinesh Karthik are unbeaten for Kolkata. 44 runs from the last five overs. Morris' figures: 1/28. KKR - 171/4 (20).
Mustafizur Rahman with the penultimate over. Two dots, three singles and a four to third man, by Eoin Morgan. Seven from the over. 36 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. KKR - 155/4 (19)
Chetan Sakariya returns for his final over and gets the wicket of Rahul Tripathi (21 off 14) first ball, bowled. Eoin Morgan is the new man of Kolkata. KKR - 145/4 (17.1)
Chris Morris on with his third over, and gets a big wicket. Shubman Gill (56 off 44), caught by Yashasvi Jaiswal. Dinesh Karthik joins Rahul Tripathi in the middle. Eight runs from the over. KKR - 135/3 (16)
Fifty for Shubman Gill, in 40 balls, with a four off Chetan Shakariya. KKR 127/2 (15)
Mustafizur Rahman on with his second over. A skipper Sanju Samson drops Rahul Tripathi off the last ball. Nine runs from the over. KKR - 106/2 (13)
Glenn Phillips strikes first over. Nitish Rana gets off to a good start, hitting Phillips for a four and six in the over. But Kolkata batter holes out, caught by Liam Livingstone, for 12 off 5 soon enough. KKR - 92/2 (11.5)
Rahul Tewatia gets the breakthrough for Rajasthan Royals. Shubman Gill hits the first ball for a six, over long on. Then a wide and three singles. Venkatesh Iyer, going for a reverse hit, is bowled. He made 38 off 35. KK - 79/1 (10.5)
Venkatesh Iyer hits Jaydev Unadkat for a couple of sixes. And 14 runs from Unadkat's final over. His figures: 0/35. KKR - 69/0 (10)
Shivam Dube get his first over. And five singles as Kolkata openers Shubman Gill (26 off 26) and Venkatesh Iyer (24 off 28) continue to build an opening stand. KKR - 55/0 (9)
Chris Morris on with his second over. And three singles from the South Africa pacer. Shubman Gill (18 off 18) and Venkatesh Iyer (13 off 18) clearly taking time. KKR - 34/0 (6)
Jaydev Unadkat returns for his second over. A tidy over. Three runs from it. In the previous over, Chetan Sakariya conceded only two singles. KKR - 20/0 (4)
Shubman Gill hits Jaydev Unadkat for a four off the third ball. Eight from the over.
Shubman Gill to take the strike. Jaydev Unadkat with the new ball. Venkatesh Iyer is Gill's opening partner.
Four changes for Rajasthan Royals. One for Kolkata Knight Riders. Here are the playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Anuj Rawat, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Sanju Samson wins the toss and Rajasthan Royals will bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders.
A quick look at how the two teams stand before the start of the match: KKR (12 points from 13 matches with a net run rate of +0.294) are fourth, while Rajasthan Royals are seventh (10 points from 13 matches with a net run rate of -0.737).
In their first leg meeting, Rajasthan defeated Kolkata by six wickets at Wankhede Stadium. A Chris Morris four-for (4/23) helped RR restrict MI to 133/9. Then, Sanju Samson hit an unbeaten 42 off 41 to anchor the chase.
In Dubai, Punjab Kings have started their chase against Chennai Super Kings. Target - 135. Follow updates HERE.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Seifert, Varun Chakaravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora.
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Chris Morris, Manan Vohra, Liam Livingstone, Tabraiz Shamsi, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Gerald Coetzee, Akash Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders have their fortunes in their hand. Thursday's game against Rajasthan Royals will determine whether KKR makes the knockout or not. RR are effectively out of contention but can spoil KKR's party. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians each have 12 points from 13 matches. KKR are fourth with a better run-rate and hence a win in Sharjah will brighten their chances of edging out MI, who need a big win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi on Friday. It may all boil down to run-rate but KKR first need to win. Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson, who missed the last few games, could be back versus Rajasthan Royals. Batting first or chasing, KKR will expect a good start from their openers where Venkatesh Iyer has been outstanding. Follow live cricket scores of KKR vs RR here.
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