Kolkata Knight Riders handed Rajasthan Royals a baffling defeat yesterday by the arrogant performance of Andre Russell. The opening stand of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn for 65/0 handed the team the most needed win in this season. The debutant player, Harry Gurney picked two wickets by conceding 25 runs, which is the match-winning performance for the side.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine made a slow start but did it consistently and added 65/0, the highest opening stand before powerplays and continued it to 91. This score is the highest opening stand in this season before Powerplays. Sunil Narine was dismissed in the ninth over and Chris Lynn was dismissed immediately after his half-century. Sunil Narine added 47 off 25 balls.
As an answer to the score of 139 runs posted by Rajasthan Royals, the big guns of Kolkata Knight Riders added 91 runs in total for the opening partnership by ninth over. Robin Uthappa slammed 25 runs and Shubhmann Gill added 5 runs.
First of all, Kolkata Knight Riders chose to field and restricted the opponents to 139/3 by 20 overs. They were in a tough position at 35/1 before Powerplays. Steven Smith and Jos Buttler added 72 runs for the second wicket partnership and after the dismissal of Jos Buttler, Steven Smith strived hard to cruise the team from the critical position and added 73 runs from his wise and fiery innings.
By their contributions, Rajasthan Royals were 35/1 from first seven overs and added 104 runs by the completion of 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals were slammed by Kolkata Knight Riders in the second half of the game. Jayadev Unadkat was thrashed by two boundaries and Dhawal Kulkarni was slammed by four boundaries and one six before powerplays.
The captain of KKR, Dinesh Karthik made a wise choice by bowling spinners for Powerplays and his move was productive in restricting the opponents. On the contrary, the Rajasthan Royals gave chance to pacers before the Powerplays.
Kolkata Knight Riders 140/2 in 13.5 overs, Chris Lynn 50, Shreyas Gopal 2/35
Rajasthan Royal 135/3 in 20 over, Jos Buttler 37, Steven Smith 73*, Harry Gurney 2/25
Kolkata Knight Riders won the game by 8 wickets.
Harry Gurney won the man of the match award by his figures of 2/25.