Narine,Lynn destroy Rajasthan by 8 wickets as Smith’s 73* goes in vain
Kolkata Knight Riders won by a huge margin of 8 wickets against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday in the 21st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. With this win, KKR reaches at the top of the point table with 4 wins and just 1 loss whereas Rajasthan Royals sit just above Royal Challengers Bangalore at the point table with 1 win.
Losing the toss, Rajasthan Royals came to bat and the hosts got off to a poor begin as they lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane for 5 in the second over. He was caught LBW by Prasidh Krishna. Steven Smith and Jos Buttler then bit by bit steadied Rajasthan Royals’ innings as they sewed together 72 runs for the second wicket.
Then, debutant Harry Gurney got the breakthrough and took his compatriot Buttler’s wicket. Buttler scored 37 runs from 34 balls. His innings included 5 fours and a six. After that, Gurney took another one by picking the wicket of Rahul Tripathi who scored just 6 runs from 8 balls.
But Rajasthan failed to accelerate their innings at the end and they finished at just 139 runs from 20 overs. Ben Stokes was unbeaten at 7 runs from 14 balls while Smith who scored 73 runs moored RR’s innings and stayed unbeaten till the end. In doing as such, he picked up his 6th IPL century. Smith’s innings included 7 fours and one six. Harry Gurney was the standout bowler for KKR with 2 wickets by giving away just 25 runs in 4 overs in his debut.
Chasing the target of just 140 runs, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn were dominant from the beginning of the innings. They just took the game away from Rajasthan as they made 91 runs together for the first wicket.
Narine missed his half century for just 3 runs as he got out in the 9th over by one of the finest bowler in this year’s IPL Shreyas Gopal. Narine scored 47 runs from 25 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. But the other opener, Lynn picked up his fifty before getting out by Gopal scoring 50 runs from 32 balls with the same amount of boundaries as Narine.
Then KKR took the win hurriedly as Uthappa finished at unbeaten 26 runs from 16 balls and Shubman Gill at 6 runs from 10 balls. KKR grabbed the win by 8 wickets in just 13.5 overs and got a serious boost in the Net Run Rate (NRR). Shreyas Gopal took 2 wickets for 35 runs. And the interesting fact is KKR’s inform player Andre Russell didn’t need to come to bowl or bat in this match to secure the win for them.
Rajasthan Royals 139-3
Steven Smith 73*(59), Jos Buttler 37(34)
Harry Gurney 2/25, M Prasidh Krishna 1/35
Kolkata Knight Riders 140-2 (13.5 overs)
Chris Lynn 50(32), Sunil Narine 47(25)
Shreyas Gopal 2/35
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to bowl first
Man of the match: Harry Gurney
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets