IPL 2018: Twitter Reacts as Kolkata Knight Riders Rout Rajasthan Royals
Defending a modest total of 160, Ajinkya Rahane went for the tried and tested ploy of starting off things with a spinner. The move immediately paid off as Krishnappa Gowtham castled the dangerous Chris Lynn for a duck in the first over.
The duo mixed caution with aggression to take the innings forward. They added 69 runs for the second wicket before Narine was run-out against the run of play. The Windies score 35 off 25 balls with the help of five fours and a solitary six.
Uthappa and Nitish Rana then helped the visitors enter the three-digit mark in the 13th over.
The game was drifting away fast from the hosts before Gowtham dismissed Uthappa for 48 – to make the contest interesting. Uthappa was dismissed when Kolkata reached the 102 on the board.
The boundaries dried up after Uthappa’s departure. However, Dinesh Karthik and Rana kept the scoreboard ticking at a healthy rate with ones and twos.
The visitors always looked in command during the chase. They eventually reached home in the 19th over. Karthik scored unbeaten 42 off 23 whereas, Rana scored 35 off 27 not out.
That Kolkata got such a modest total to chase was primarily because of their fine bowling effort. Fresh off the fine show in the last game, the visitors restricted Royals to a total of 160 for 8.
On the other hand, D’Arcy Short was struggling to get going against the spinners, batting at a strike-rate of less than 100.
At the end of the powerplay, Rajasthan were 48 for no loss with Rahane scoring 35 of them.
However, Rahane could not last long and was run out for 36 in the first over of the powerplay.
Shivam Mavi then put the visitors on top by dismissing in-form Sanju Samson cheaply. The two big wickets helped Knight Riders slow down the scoring rate as Rajasthan huffed and puffed to 71 after 10 overs.
Short soon found his groove but before he couldn’t inflict any damage on Kolkata, Nitish Rana ended former’s 44-run knock.
Royals’ middle-order failed to get going from there on. As a result, the Royals’ innings never got the impetus against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:
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