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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) once again produced a brilliant display of cricket as they secure a convincing win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Chasing a modest target of 140 runs, Kolkata sailed past the score with eight wickets in hand with 37 balls to spare. Following another convincing win, skipper Dinesh Karthik credited his whole team for putting in another clinical effort to secure a win.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers posed all sorts of problems to Rajasthan Royals batters as they managed only to post 139 runs. Debutant Harry Gurney starred with the ball returning with two for 25 in his four overs. Steven Smith shouldered the Rajasthan batting single-handedly to hand something to his bowlers. He and Buttler added 72 runs for the second wicket after losing Ajinkya Rahane early. Smith remained unbeaten on 73 runs finding the gaps and hitting the odd boundaries to post a respectable total on the board.
While the pitch proved a tough nut to crack for Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn provided a flying start. They brought their fifty runs in 4.1 overs setting the tone for the chase. Although Narine and Lynn got out, Robin Uthappa ensured they sail past the target easily.
Dinesh Karthik credited the whole team for putting another brilliant effort. Despite their win, Karthik admitted there are still scopes of improvements and they need to adapt to these kinds of wickets. In conclusion, he praised Harry Gurney, who gave a match-winning performance on his debut.
Here is what Dinesh Karthik said,
“It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India, you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that’s always the case. Well, Harry (Gurney) is a true professional, he’s played in leagues all over the world.”