Jaipur, Apr 8: Riding on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine’s explosive batting performance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by eight wickets in the 21st match of IPL, here at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday. Chris Lynn was the high scorer from KKR side with his 50 runs knock, followed by Sunil Narine’s 47 runs contribution. KKR won the toss and put RR to bat first.
The visitor restricted RR to a meagre score of 139 runs in stipulated 20 overs before chasing down the target without much ado in just 13.5 overs to win the match by eight wickets. From Rajasthan, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler scored unbeaten 73 and 37 runs, respectively. Earlier, riding on Steve Smith’s unbeaten 73 runs off 59 balls, Rajasthan Royals (RR) scored 139/3 runs in 20 overs. Right-handed Smith and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler (37 off 34 balls) helped the home team to score a respectable total of 139 on the track which was difficult to bat on and scored a big total.
The hosts got off to a poor start as they lost captain Ajinkya Rahane for 5 in the second over itself. He was trapped LBW by Prasidh Krishna. Steve Smith and Jos Buttler then gradually steadied Rajasthan Royals' innings as they stitched together 72 runs for the second wicket. The KKR bowlers maintained their line and length to keep Jos Buttler and Steve Smith in check. Till eight overs, the host were 43 for 1. However, in the 11th and 12th over, both scored 11 runs each, helping RR to get past 70 runs mark.
Buttler-Smith added 72 runs off 64 runs. The man in form Buttler was caught by Shubman Gill off Harry Gurney for 37 runs off 34 balls.
However, Smith looked unfazed and kept the scoreboard moving with Rahul Tripathi. Tripathi and Smith added 28 runs for the third wicket partnership. Tripathi was dismissed for six runs. Later, Ben Stokes and Smith added 34 runs off 26 balls and propelled RR to reach a total of 139 runs. Smith was the high-scorer from RR side with his unbeaten 73 runs knock, followed by Buttler’s 37 runs. Former Australia skipper Smith hit seven fours and one six in his innings. From KKR, Harry Gurney took two wickets for 25 runs in his four overs, while Prasidh Krishna got one wicket in four overs conceding 35 runs. (UNI)