Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday.
Put into bat, KKR posted 171/4 and then bowled out RR for 85 to register their seventh win of the season. While young Shivam Mavi scalped four wickets, Lockie Ferguson picked three wickets as KKR marched towards the victory.
KKR made early inroads with the ball as Shakib Al Hasan and Shivam Mavi struck in their respective first overs. While Shakib dismissed Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mavi had the better of Sanju Samson.
Fergsuon then bowled a double-wicket fourth over, dismissing Liam Livingstone and Anuj Rawat to reduce RR to 13/4. KKR continued to chip away as Mavi, in the eight over, scalped the wickets of Glenn Phillips and Shivam Dube.
In the ninth over, RR lost their wicket, with only 35 runs on the board as Varun Chakaravarthy got Chris Morris out LBW.
While Rahul Tewatia showed some fight & scored 44, KKR bowled RR out for 85 to bag two points.
Earlier, batting first, KKR made a watchful and solid start as the opening pair of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer laid a foundation with a 76-run stand.
Tewatia then provided RR a much-needed breakthrough as he dismissed Iyer for 38 in the 11th over. While Nitish Rana was quick to get off the blocks, he got in the next over.
Rahul Tripathi then joined Gill, who brought up his second successive fifty, in the middle. The two added 41 runs together before Gill, after scoring 56, was dismissed by Chris Morris.
Tripathi fell soon after as Chetan Sakariya disturbed the timber to scalp his first wicket of the match. Captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik then put on an unbroken 26-run stand as KKR posted a formidable 171/4 total on the board.
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs.