Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Rampant KKR edge closer to playoffs with clinical win. Shivam Mavi finished with 4-21 - his best figures in T20 cricket
Shivam Mavi finished with 4-21 - his best figures in T20 cricket
Kolkata Knight Riders have set one foot in the playoffs after a commanding win over Rajasthan Royals, with the curtains also drawn on Punjab Kings's campaign in the process. Having scored the highest total in Sharjah batting first this season, some astute bowling had them bowl out RR for 85 on Thursday (October 7). KKR picked up a comprehensive 86-run win, putting an end to a rather dismal outing for RR in the UAE leg.
KKR's clinical win now leaves MI with the improbable task of beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by around 171 runs after scoring 200 in order to get past KKR's NRR. However, if MI chase, they cannot go beyond KKR.
When was the match lost for RR?
When they were reduced to 13 for 4 after 4 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan struck three balls into the opening over after Yashasvi Jaiswal went for the reverse. After looking already unsettled, he went after Shakib a tad too soon and paid the price. Sanju Samson in the next over clipped Shivam Mavi to midwicket and Lockie Ferguson undid RR's batsmen with his sheer raw pace, striking twice in his first over to send back Liam Livingstone and Anuj Rawat.
Evin Lewis missed out on the clash with a niggle, bringing back Livingstone, but the English all-rounder's IPL stint ended with disappointment with a brilliant catch taken in the deep by Rahul Tripathi.
Could they recover from there?
You think? With the top order being their strength, it was a no-brainer which way the game was going from that point. RR finished with their second-lowest powerplay score in the history of the IPL with 17/4 on the board after 6 overs. Mavi was too quick for both Glenn Phillips and Shivam Dube, knocking both of them over with short of length deliveries that didn't bounce enough. Chris Morris's dismal second-half of this year's IPL came to an end with a silver duck.
However, Rahul Tewatia kept KKR waiting for the win with a stubborn 44 off 35 on a ground he loves batting. However, he couldn't pull off a miracle like he did last year, as RR were bowled out for the lowest total this season, with Mavi finishing with 4-21 – his best figures in T20 cricket.
KKR had a sedate start…
Owing to the fact that RR's bowlers learnt well from their last game in Sharjah. They took a cue from MI's bowlers from their first game at Sharjah and bowled hard lengths and pulled it back from time to time too. They bowled good lengths, varied the pace, used the cross-seamers and cutters effectively on a wicket with low bounce. The pacers bowled stump to stump and did well to keep KKR's batsmen in check, but couldn't get the breakthrough for the first 10 overs with 69 on the board.
How did KKR get 171 then?
A settled Shubman Gill switched gears soon after spin was introduced with five seamers used for the first ten overs. He went after Rahul Tewatia and Phillips – playing straight and cleared the fence with elegant ease. Tewatia struck back with Venkatesh Iyer's wicket while Phillips got Nitish Rana. It made little difference to Gill, who along with an aggressive Tripathi, accelerated. Gill played proper cricket shots without taking too much of a risk, playing straight and avoiding playing across the line. Gill got to his fifty off 40 balls but fell soon after. Eoin Morgan picked 16 in the final over to take them over the 170-run mark which was way too much in the end for the Royals.
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 36) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 in16.2 overs (Rahul Tewatia 44; Shivam Mavi 4-21, Lockie Ferguson 3-18) by 86 runs.