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.
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.
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).
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