IPL 2019, Match 43: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals- The Fact that We are Not Able to Cross the Winning Line is Not a Good Feeling Says KKR Skipper Dinesh Karthik
Rajasthan Royals managed to keep their playoffs hope alive as they registered a hard fought victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets and with 4 deliveries to spare. Varun Aaron and 17-year-old Riyan Parag proved to be the two game changers for RR.
While Varun Aaron’s 2/20 helped RR restrict KKR to a score of 175, it was Riyan Parag who smashed a sensational 47 of 31 deliveries to get RR close to the victory target. Eventually, it was Jofra Archer who held his nerves and remained unbeaten on 27 of 12 deliveries to get the job done for his franchise.
It was Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith who won the toss and put the hosts in. Varun Aaron who was making a comeback in this clash looked in terrific rhythm from the outset and castled Chris Lynn with a brilliant delivery. He conceded just a solitary run in the first two overs.
Aaron had only bowled a solitary over in the tournament so far where he had gone for 16 runs. Hence it was a great comeback from the out of favour Indian pacer.
KKR kept losing wickets at crucial junctures which never really allowed them to press on the accelerator. The whole course of the match was changed by a classic knock from skipper Dinesh Karthik. He looked in complete control of proceedings and took on the RR bowlers with disdain. He went onto score a breathtaking 97 of 50 deliveries which included 7 fours and 9 sixes.
Chasing a more than competitive target to chase, Rajasthan Royals began very well with openers Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane looking in complete control. Ever since getting sacked from captaincy, Rahane has come all guns blazing and played some exceptional shots. The opening duo shared a 53 runs stand in 5.2 overs before dismissals of Samson and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession.
Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine bowled brilliantly in the middle overs and kept on chipping away with important wickets. Narine breached the defence of Steve Smith with a peach of a delivery. On the other hand, Piyush Chawla bagged the important wickets of Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes and Stuart Binny.
Rajasthan Royals were under the pump and that is when youngster Riyan Parag came into the act and turned the game on its head. He scored 47 of just 31 deliveries which included 5 fours and a couple of big sixes. He was eventually dismissed on 47 by Russell as his bat feels on the stumps as he attempted to smash another six.
After his dismissal, it was Jofra Archer who took the onus on himself and struck some exceptional shots. His knock of 27 of 12 deliveries was studded with a couple of fours and a couple of sixes. It was a horrible piece of bowling the KKR fast bowlers as they leaked runs and kept on bowling length which was belted the RR batters.
Despite scoring a sensational 97 and taking KKR to a competitive total of 175, he had to be content with the 6th consecutive defeat for KKR in the season. He was rather disappointed at the post-match presentation and reflected on the areas where they need to improve.
Now let us have a look at what Dinesh Karthik said at the post-match presentation
Little disappointed. Thought we were in it to win, but it wasn’t our day. I have kept saying that winning always feels good, but when you lose close games like this you feel ‘wow when are we gonna get there’. (The plan in the final over) We were looking to go full and on the stumps, obviously the first edge didn’t help and then the equation got easier.
The second shot was a good shot. You can’t put too much pressure on the bowler. Wet ball; dew on the outfield, it didn’t help us. Happy with the way boys fought, not happy with the result. A lot of it will boil down to how much they trust me as a leader. It’s important to keep the mood of the dressing room good. The fact that we are not able to cross the winning line is not a good feeling.
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