IPL 2018: Match 15, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Statistical Highlights
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) extended their winning run with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Dinesh Karthik‘s decision to bowl first was proved right by his bowlers as they restricted the hosts to a modest total of 160 for eight in 20 overs.
In reply, Knight Riders chased down the total in 18.5 overs. The win also helped the Kolkata-based outfit to move to the top of the points table.
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With the game now done and dusted, here is a look at some interesting numbers:
1. The defeat ended Royals’ nine-match winning streak in the Indian Premier League at their home venue Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Their last defeat at their home ground came against Mumbai Indians way back in 2012. The defeat was also their first defeat in 14 Twenty20 matches at this very venue.
2. Chris Lynn was out for a rare duck in the match. It was his first duck in 43 Twenty20 innings outside Australia. It was also his third duck in last 13 T20 innings. Lynn was dismissed for naught only twice in his first 88 T20 innings.
3. For the fourth game in a row, Rajasthan Royals fielded the same playing eleven. They are the only team to use as fewer as 11 players in this season so far.
Second in the list is Sunrisers Hyderabad who have used 12 players in the three matches they played so far, in season 11.
4. Sunil Narine had an rare off day with the ball, conceding 48 runs off his four overs.
These were his most expensive figures in the lucrative IPL. He had conceded 46 runs against Kings XI Punjab in the 2014 IPL final.
5. Knight Riders are now the first team to win 50 IPL games while chasing. They ended up on losing side in 30 chases and lost two more in the Super Over of the 82 IPL games while chasing.
Kolkata Knight Riders became the first unit to win 50 T20 games, achieving the feat last season.
Also read: IPL 2018: We were 15-20 runs short against KKR – Ajinkya Rahane
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