Parag and Archer help Rajasthan clinch a thriller
Rajasthan Royals make Kolkata Knight Rider’s season worse as they clinch a thriller in match number 43 in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Youngster Riyan Parag played a knock worth remembering for a long time (47 off 31 balls) setting up Rajasthan Royals‘ three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Rajasthan were revived from 98/5 in 12.3 overs by Parag, who first combined with Shreyas Gopal (18 off nine balls) for a stand of 25 runs and then with Barbados born all-rounder Jofra Archer for a stand of 43 runs off just 21 balls before departing hit wicket in the 19th over.
Archer then stepped up to finish off the game hitting a four and six with 9 runs needed off the final over bowled by fast bowler Prasidh Krishna.
He finished with 27 off just 12 balls. Rajasthan notched up their fourth win of the campaign while KKR slumped to their sixth straight defeat.
Earlier, Despite Rajasthan putting in an inspired spell of bowling – courtesy their two bowling changes in Varun Aaron and debutant Oshane Thomas – Kolkata were buoyed by a 50-ball unbeaten 97-run knock from skipper Dinesh Karthik who led the hosts to 175/6 and what looked like a good total to defend.
Rajasthan Royals 177/7 (Riyan Parag 47, Ajinkya Rahane 34; Piyush Chawla 3/20) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 (Dinesh Karthik 97, Nitish Rana 21; Varun Aaron 2/20) by three wickets.