Morgan, Cummins keep Kolkata alive

Kolkata Knight Riders have eliminated Rajasthan Royals from the 2020 Indian Premier League after a dominating 60-run win in the virtual quarter-final at Dubai International Stadium.

Morgan, Cummins keep Kolkata alive

The Royals opted to bowl first in the encounter and got the perfect start with Jofra Archer getting Nitish Rana for a duck on the second ball of the match. This was the third time in five matches Rana made a golden duck.

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Opener Shubman Gill (36) and one-down Rahul Tripathi (39) made significant contributions at the top. Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik failed to score runs with both getting dismissed for a duck by Rahul Tewatia.

The fall of wickets added some pressure to KKR. However, Andre Russell took the stage after returning to the side. The Jamaican smashed 3 sixes and a four in his 11-ball 25 runs cameo.

Late blasts from skipper Eoin Morgan took Kolkata to 191/7. Morgan made 68* runs from 35 balls including 5 fours and 6 sixes.

Rajasthan’s run-chase took off in a dramatic fashion with Pat Cummins getting hit for a six over fine leg on the first ball by Robin Uthappa. Ben Stokes scooped Cummins for a six on the fourth ball of the over. Uthappa fell to Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s hands at deep backward square leg. The first over saw 19 runs and a wicket.

Cummins hit back hard at RR in his next two overs. Wicket-keeper Karthik pulled off a screamer to send back danger man Stokes for 18 in the third over. Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith inside-edged onto the stumps in the same over.

The Aussie pacer struck again in the fifth over sending Riyan Parag back for a seven-ball duck as Rajasthan lost their fifth wicket for 37 runs.

Jos Buttler departed scoring 22-ball 35 runs leaving his team’s chances in danger. Tewatia tried but his 31 runs was not enough.

KKR restricted RR to 131/9 in overs to boost up their net run rate.

RCB (14 points, NRR -0.15) will take on DC (14 points, NRR -0.16) on Monday. KKR will hope either of the teams win big. If not, SRH must lose to table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the last league match on Tuesday.

Rajasthan Royals finish eighth in this year’s IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at fourth position (14 points, NRR -0.21).

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 191/7 in 20 overs (Morgan 68*, Tripathi 39; Tewatia 3/25, Tyagi 2/36)

Rajasthan Royals 131/9 in 20 overs (Buttler 35; Cummins 4/34, Mavi 2/15, Varun 2/20)

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 60 runs

Man of the Match: Pat Cummins

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