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David Hussey, Andre Russell (Image Source: Twitter)
David Hussey, Andre Russell (Image Source: Twitter)
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Andre Russell Likely To Be Available For Playoffs In IPL 2021: David Hussey

Andre Russell, Kolkata Knight Riders’ swashbuckling injured all-rounder, is likely to be available for the playoffs stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning on Sunday, the team’s chief mentor David Hussey said.

KKR have virtually assured themselves of a play-offs berth in the IPL after their 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. They are set to play against the third-place team of the league phase in Qualifier 1 on Sunday.

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Andre Russell Just Maybe A Game Away From Playing In The Playoffs: David Hussey

When the IPL stopped midway earlier this year, Kolkata Knight Riders were struggling with two wins out of seven, but in the UAE, they have won five games out of seven to seal a place in the playoffs barring a miracle from Mumbai Indians on the last day of the league stage. They have done so despite losing Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell to injuries along the way.

“He (Andre Russell) had a fitness test on Wednesday, and I think he’s just maybe a game away. So, I think Andre Russell would be pushing hard over the next few days to get back in for the final (play-offs),” Hussey said at the post-match press conference on Thursday.

“(Andre Russell’s availability) will be a huge boost not only for us but the competition. Andre Russell is world-class and he provides lots of entertainment.”

KKR chief mentor David Hussey (Photo credit: Twitter)
KKR chief mentor David Hussey (Photo credit: Twitter)

With three play-offs spots already sealed by Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, and Royals Challengers Bangalore, KKR consolidated their position for the fourth and final spot in the playoff race, finishing league engagements with 14 points from as many games with an impressive net run rate of 0.587. However, he admitted that there had been a change in fortunes for the KKR in the UAE after struggling in the Indian leg.

“At the halfway mark, we weren’t playing the type of cricket that we wanted to play. We are all about playing entertaining cricket — hitting fours, sixes — and with the ball, hitting the stumps, taking wickets, and fielding exceptionally well.

“So, the break probably did us a world of good — we got to refresh, recharge our batteries and re-plan — and come to Abu Dhabi. Abhishek Nayar did a great training session, all the boys got a lot of volume and (were) ready to go,” explained Hussey on how the change occurred in the group.

He credited head coach Brendon McCullum for the way KKR was playing.

“He (Brendon) is so cool and calm that he’s got this plan and vision for the team to go forward. He believes in every player to play their best. He makes everybody feel that they are the most important person in the team.”

“Brendon should take a lot of credit for the way everybody’s playing here tonight. Great for him, because he’s been through a lot,” Hussey said.

The 44-year-old former Australia cricketer also lavished praise on his players for putting up a team performance.

“It is never easy playing on these types of surfaces. Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (and) Rahul Tripathi showed their class once again, they sort of adapted their games accordingly, and they knew if they take it deep in the batting innings, they are going to make a decent target,” he said.

“With the ball, pretty simple plans, bowled directly as fast as they can and at the stumps and we have got some world class spinners as well, and we back up each other in the field, so it was pretty much a team performance tonight,” Hussey said.

He said KKR will watch the final league game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday “as a group.” Still, they were looking forward to their play-offs game (Qualifier 1) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (likely to be third-place finishers).  Andre Russell has scored 183 runs in 10 IPL 2021 games averaging 26.14, and picked 11 scalps, including a career-best 5/15 averaging 17.09. With Andre Russell injured, the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Tim Seifert, and Tim Southee got chances.

Sanju Samson Lamented That None Of Rajasthan Batsmen Could Forge A Partnership With Rahul Tewatia

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson lamented that none of his batters could build a partnership with Rahul Tewatia, who was going strong from one end.

“Sharjah is his (Rahul Tewatia) favourite ground, he enjoys batting here. We could have a recent (decent) partnership with him. We could have had a close match, he was batting really well, he wanted someone else actually to be with him and have a good partnership.”

“We didn’t do that and that’s why we ended up on the losing side,” Samson said.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Kerala batsman also said that the most significant positive for his franchise was the performance of the young Indian players like Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Tewatia, and Shivam Dube.

“We have a lot of positives. If you look at the young Indians in our side, the way they came out and expressed themselves, the way they performed, that’s one of the biggest positives this season.”

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the IPL 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. Put into bat, KKR posted 171/4 and then bowled out RR for 85 to register their seventh win of the season. While youngster pacer Shivam Mavi scalped four wickets, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson picked three wickets as KKR marched towards the victory.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs. 

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)
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It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or Delhi Capitals Lift IPL 2021 Trophy: Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels it could be a blessing in disguise if Mumbai Indians (MI) do not qualify for the playoffs in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League. Salman Butt believes in their absence, the odds of a new champion being crowned would increase.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt claimed that Mumbai Indians are a formidable team. He emphasized how they have gone on to win the tournament on several occasions, despite a rocky start.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt: It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or DC Win The IPL 2021

The 37-year-old former tainted batsman and Pakistan skipper pointed out that the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals could benefit from Mumbai’s exit. RCB and DC will look to lay their hands on the coveted trophy for the very first time.

“It is good that MI are out of the playoffs because once they start winning from the bottom, then they go on to win the title more often than not. Wouldn’t it be better if a new team like RCB or DC wins the title?. MI are dangerous,” Salman Butt said.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians currently occupy 6th place in the IPL 2021 points table. However, their underwhelming net run rate of -0.048 could limit their chances of making the cut for the all-important playoffs.

Mumbai Indians Can Still Qualify For Playoffs If They Score More Than 200 Runs Batting First And Beat SRH By At Least 171 Runs

The five-time defending champions will have to topple the 4th placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the points table to become the fourth team to qualify. However, the chances of that happening are very slim as they will have to beat SRH by a humongous margin in order to do so.

MI is slated to take on SRH on Friday (October 8) in Abu Dhabi. They will have to score more than 200 runs after batting first in the game and beat Hyderabad by at least 171 runs to surpass KKR’s net run rate. Notably, they will not stand a chance if they bat second in the fixture.

KKR’s massive win against RR made the equation extremely stiff for MI to qualify for playoffs. Prior to the KKR vs RR match, all MI needed was a win and hoped that the Knight Riders lost. But KKR’s win made it all the more tricky for MI. KKR’s NRR jumped to +0.587 win a win over RR, which means that MI now will not only have to win but do it comprehensively to make it to the Playoffs.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. Put into bat, KKR posted 171/4 and then bowled out RR for 85 to register their seventh win of the season. While youngster pacer Shivam Mavi scalped four wickets, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson picked three wickets as KKR marched towards the victory.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs. 

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Deep Dasgupta : Confidence In KKR Camp Is At An All Time Low

Deep Dasgupta has suggested that confidence in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) camp is at an all-time low, following another defeat in IPL 2021. KKR has now lost four games on the bounce and is currently at the bottom of the league standings.

The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Rajasthan Royals last night. They scored only 133 runs while batting first at the Wankhede Stadium, a low total given the smooth nature of the wicket in Mumbai.

Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: KKR’s Body Language Suggested The Mentality Of The Team

Deep Dasgupta highlighted that KKR’s body language in the field suggested where they are as a team.

“Their body language tells you the confidence level which is obviously low when you have lost 4 games on the bounce it can be high.You can understand what they are going through and that’s why it is imperative that the dressing room environment is looked into so that they are happy, not too worried, making sure that they are in a better mental space.”

“The missed catches, misfields just tells you that they need a pick me up. This current situation is not easy for them.” Deep Dasgupta said on Sports Today.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

“The tournament is far from over, they need to win quite a few from here on, but they are very much in the race. It’s way too early to lose heart, and I’m sure they won’t lose heart. They are a good side and have the experience as well,”

One of the most followed franchises in the cricket world, KKR is now at the eighth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. Their worst performance in tournament history came in 2009 when they finished last in the edition that was played in South Africa. Two-time IPL champions KKR won both their trophies under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. Under Dinesh Karthik, they last qualified for the playoffs in 2018.

Deep Dasgupta: All Players Want To Do Well For The Franchise

KKR’s top order came under the scanner as they only put up 24 runs in the powerplay against the Rajasthan Royals. Deep Dasgupta dispelled doubts about KKR players not being interested enough as he highlighted how many things are at stake based on players’ IPL performances.

“I don’t think they are disinterested, that’s being too harsh on them. All of them want to do well for the franchise, themselves, for their individual future because a lot is at stake for the Indian and international players here.”

Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
Nitish Rana Image Source: IPL

The former India wicketkeeper further added: “Someone like Shubman, he would want to be there for the Indian side at the T20 World Cup. Varun Chakravarthy missed out on his international debut because of his injury, Nitish Rana was extremely close to making the national team as well. There is a lot at stake for the Indians here. It’s not just about the tournament, it’s about their future as well.” Dasgupta told Sports Today

KKR will be in action next on April 26 when they square off against the Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad. Eoin Morgan’s men ended the Mumbai leg without a win and the skipper will hope that their fortunes change with a switch in the venue. Despite four consecutive defeats in the IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief mentor David Hussey has revealed the team morale remains high and the players are confident of turning things around.

KKR started the tournament with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai. However, the side then went on to suffer a hat-trick of defeats against Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). On Saturday, they lost to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets after yet another disappointing outing as a batting unit.

Nitish Rana is their leading run-scorer and 6th overall with 186 runs in 5 matches while Rahul Tripathi has managed 127 runs followed by Andre Russell (108 runs). Andre Russell is the leading wicket-taker with 7 scalps to his name.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2021: I Agree With Graeme Swann, There Was No Intent There, Says Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel and Graeme Swann were baffled that Kolkata lacked intent. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to post only 133 for 9 on a good batting surface in Mumbai after their batsmen failed yet again. Andre Russell, who came into bat only in the 16th over, managed to hit just 9 runs against Rajasthan Royals while the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Eoin Morgan fared no better.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann said it was surprising to see Kolkata Knight Riders’ lack of intent in Match 18 of IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kolkata Knight Riders managed just 133 for 9 in the stipulated 20 overs after being sent into bat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where totals in excess of 180 have been regularly posted this season.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders Weren’t Trying To Hit Boundaries In The First 15 Overs Which Was Strange Enough: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann said it seemed as if Kolkata Knight Riders weren’t looking to force the pace by looking for boundaries after the 2-time champions kept losing regular wickets despite not taking too many risks in the first 15 overs of their innings. KKR started cautiously and were 25 for 1 at the end of the powerplay after losing Shubman Gill for just 11 runs despite the Royals dropping the young opener once.

KKR’s decision to send Sunil Narine at No. 4 also didn’t work according to the plans as the pinch-hitter fell for 6. Captain Eoin Morgan, who came in at No. 5, unfortunately, fell for 0 without facing a delivery as he was run out at the non-striker’s end after a mix-up with Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi got a 33-run stand going but they were not able to impart any momentum into the innings.

Graeme Swann Twitter
Graeme Swann Twitter

KKR were 93 for 4 at the end of 15 overs and they held back dashing batsman Andre Russell, who had hit a quickfire fifty in the previous match against CSK. Andre Rusell, who walked into bat in the 16th over, managed just 9 runs as Chris Morris picked up his wicket and removed a well-set Dinesh Karthik in the same over which was the 18th over of KKR’s innings.

Pat Cummins hit a six in the final over but he was undone by a slower ball from Chris Morris, who finished with figures of 4/23. It was a strange inning from Kolkata as their top order and renowned batsmen failed to get going once again.

“Well, I am not sure what his plan was. It certainly wasn’t about being aggressive. You expect them to go out and play aggressively, given they have Brendon McCullum as their coach,” Graeme Swann told Star Sports.

“But 25 for 1 in the first 6 overs. Very, very confusing. I mean, the guys bowled well, the lefties (from Rajasthan) bowled well. There was a brilliant run-out as well. But the first 15 overs, it didn’t really seem like KKR were trying to hit boundaries. Very strange but maybe it’s one of those days when things didn’t work for them,” he added.

Rahul Tripathi was the top scorer with 36 runs of 26 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes as he was the only one who was looking to be aggressive but the others succumbed under pressure and were dismissed in order to increase the run rate.

Kolkata Knight Riders Didn’t Show Intent: Parthiv Patel

Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said he was baffled that Kolkata didn’t use the likes of Andre Russell properly despite his fireworks at the same venue a couple of nights ago. Andre Russell hit a six but he was caught in the deep mid-wicket when trying to clear the boundary again in the 18th over against Chris Morris.

“I agree with Swann. There was no intent there. Some of the shots they played, some of the run-outs, it seemed as if they were not looking for runs. In the first 6 overs, you have to take your chances.” Parthiv Patel said.

“You can’t just block it out, especially on a wicket like this. They did not utilize Andre Russell. In the kind of form he is, he can’t play only the last 4 overs,” Pathiv Patel said.

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Kolkata Knight Riders headed into Match 18 on the back of three successive defeats. After Rajasthan’s win by 6 wickets, KKR is placed at the last 8th spot. Rajasthan achieved the target losing only 4 wickets as skipper Sanju Samson scored a 41 ball 42 while David Miller scored 24 off 23 balls and both were unbeaten. Kolkata Knight Riders are languishing at the bottom place with 1 win and 4 losses.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 134/4 (Sanju Samson 42*, David Miller 24; Varun Chakravarthy 2/32) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 133/9 (Rahul Tripathi 36, Dinesh Karthik 25; Chris Morris 4/23) by 6 wickets.  

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Pat Cummins.(Credits: Twitter)
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IPL 2020: Pat Cummins Didn’t Expect To Clinch Four-Wicket Haul In The Powerplay Overs

Pat Cummins, the pacer who took a four-wicket haul which helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeat Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday but subsequently said he didn’t expect to get the wickets like that in the powerplay overs.

Eoin Morgan led from the front scoring an unbeaten 68 and helped KKR post a challenging 191/7 as the skipper scored his first half-century in IPL 2020 – an unbeaten knock included six sixes and five fours.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan

Pat Cummins On His Bowling Brilliance Against Rajasthan Royals:

Rajasthan Royals, chasing a stiff 192 to win, scored 19 runs off the first over but lost batsman Robin Uthappa who scored 6. In the third over of Rajasthan innings, KKR pacer Pat Cummins made a stunning comeback and dismissed dependable opener Ben Stokes (18) owing to a spectacular catch from wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and five balls later, Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith (4) too was sent back, which reduced Rajasthan Royals to 32/3.

“A lot goes through your mind. First few balls weren’t great. As long as you go back to bowling your best balls, it’s alright. Top of off is always that area for me, there was a bit early in there with the new ball,” Cummins told the host broadcasters Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins

“So, I was trying to get as many in there as I can. Not really, don’t think I expected to get all wickets like that. Some days you bowl well and don’t get luck, some days you get a bit of luck as well,” he added.

A few minutes later, Pat Cummins dismissed Riyan Parag for 0 even though he played 7 balls. As a result, Rajasthan Royals were reeling at 37/5 with Shivam Mavi accounting for Sanju Samson’s wicket. Rajasthan Royals were in a tight corner being reduced to 37/5 in the first 5 overs in Powerplay itself.

Pat Cummins: Everything Fell Into Place Against Rajasthan

Pat Cummins revealed he had put pressure on himself to perform at the start of IPL 2020 and exuded confidence that he has improved as a pacer as the league progressed. Pat Cummins have 29 wickets in 30 IPL matches at an average of 31.31 with 4/34 against Rajasthan in Sunday’s match his best bowling figures. In IPL 2020, he has 12 wickets in 14 matches averaging 34.08 and has also scored 146 runs with the bat averaging 20.86 with 1 fifty.

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Pat Cummins KKR Against Rajasthan Royals. Photo Credit: IPL.

“Today, everything fell into place. I guess early on in the season, I put a lot of pressure on myself. As the tournament has gone on, I’ve got better and better. You’re always learning,” said the Australian pacer.

With this win, KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches and are hopeful for a place in playoffs. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are now out from the contention for a place in playoffs after losing the match against Kolkata. Rajasthan Royals are placed right at the bottom with 12 points from 14 matches.

Brad Hogg, IPL playing XI,
Brad Hogg. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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IPL 2020: Brad Hogg Hails Eoin Morgan For Making Most Of His Experience In Helping KKR’s Middle-Order

Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning skipper of England, was handed over captaincy midway through IPL 2020 — and KKR have won three and lost four matches. Under Dinesh Karthik, KKR had won four and lost three matches.

Last month, before their match against defending champions Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) announced that wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik decided to hand over the captaincy’s reins to Eoin Morgan.

Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan
Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan. Image Credit: IPL.

Eoin Morgan Scores Unbeaten 68 To Help KKR Win

Eoin Morgan has smashed the second highest 418 runs for KKR this season and played the key role again by scoring an unbeaten 68 off 35 balls with the help of 5 fours and 6 sixes in their must-win game against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. KKR won the match by 60 runs after scoring 191/7 and restricting Rajasthan to 131/9.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: IPL)

Pacer Pat Cummins returned with figures of 4/34 to bag Man of the Match award accounting for the wickets of Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith and Riyan Parag. Contributions from Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan had helped KKR defeat Rajasthan Royals. Although the England skipper had scored a solitary fifty, he had an average of 41.8 to showcase his class.

KKR batted first and managed to score 191/7 after Shubman Gill scored  36 and Rahul Tripathi scored 39. The duo put up a 72 run second wicket partnership in 8 overs before a collapse saw KKR reeling at 99/5 in 13th over. But with the help of comeback man Andre Russell and later Pat Cummins, the England skipper helped KKR to reach the score of above 190.

Eoin Morgan Carried The Middle-Order Through IPL 2020: Brad Hogg

Former Australian spin wizard and former KKR player Brad Hogg feel that Eoin Morgan has carried KKR’s middle-order throughout IPL. The former bowler also credited Australian pacer Pat Cummins who took a four-wicket haul for his brilliant performance against Rajasthan Royals.

Pat Cummins KKR
Pat Cummins KKR

Shubman Gill is the leading run-scorer for KKR this season with 440 runs averaging 33.84 with 3 half-centuries, and Brad Hogg credited him for starting excellently.

After this win, KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches and are still hoping to qualify for playoffs. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are now out from contention to qualify for playoffs after losing the match and are bottom placed in the points table with only 12 points from 14 matches.

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IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Highlights, Twitter Reactions

In the 54th match of the IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) to stay in the contention for playoffs qualification of this tournament.

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith decided to field first after winning the toss. KKR managed to score 191/7 (20 overs) at the end of the first innings. In reply, Rajasthan Royals only managed to score 131/9 as KKR won that match by 60 runs.

While Kolkata Knight Riders still have hope to qualify for the playoffs of this tournament, Rajasthan Royals haven’t any more chance to advance in this stage.

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Latest Points Table

IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) – Highlights

Rajasthan Royals (RR) innings

Rajasthan Royals made a good early start with 19/0 in just five balls, but once the opener Robin Uthappa (6) was dismissed on the final ball of that over, KKR completely controlled the game, thanks to firing start of Pat Cummins, who got his all four wickets inside the powerplay. At the end of the powerplay, Rajasthan Royals scored 41/5.

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Pat Cummins celebrating his success (Image Credit: IPL)

Only four Rajasthan Royals batsmen managed to reach the double-digit scores in that innings. These players are Jos Buttler (35), Rahul Tewatia (31), Shreyas Gopal (23*) and opener Ben Stokes (18).

Pat Cummins finished the game with the bowling figures of 4-0-34-4. Also, Shivam Mavi (2/15) and Varun Chakravarthy (2/20) got two wickets each. While Kamlesh Nagarkoti (1/24) got one wicket, Sunil Narine (0/37) finished with the wicket-less bowling figures.

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Wicket Takers (Purple Cap)

Scorecard:KKR, Rajasthan Royals, KKR vs RR, highlights, Twitter Reactions

KKR, Rajasthan Royals, KKR vs RR, highlights, Twitter Reactions

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) innings

Jofra Archer dismissed opener Nitish Rana for a golden duck. But another opener Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi handled the powerplay very well. While KKR scored 55/1 at the end of the powerplay, Gill-Tripathi built up the 72 runs partnership for the second wicket.

But once that partnership was broken in the ninth over by Rahul Tewatia, KKR batsmen suddenly struggled as they went down from 73/1 to 99/5. While Gill scored 36 runs, Tripathi scored 39 runs.

KKR, Rajasthan Royals, KKR vs RR, highlights, Twitter Reactions
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During the struggling period, captain Eoin Morgan and comeback-man Andre Russell helped their side to move on from the depressing situation quickly as they built up a 45-run partnership for the sixth wicket in just 18 balls. Though Russell lost his wicket after scoring 25 runs off just 11 balls (only four and 3 sixes), Morgan continued his impressive batting to secure a good first innings total.

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Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: IPL)

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Run-Scorers (Orange Cap)

Captain Morgan scored a 30-ball fifty and remained not out on 68 runs off 35 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes).

While Rahul Tewatia (3/25) took three wickets, Karthik Tyagi (2/36) picked up two wickets in that innings.

Scorecard:

KKR, Rajasthan Royals, KKR vs RR, highlights, Twitter Reactions

KKR, Rajasthan Royals, KKR vs RR, highlights, Twitter Reactions

IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) – Twitter Reactions

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IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Toss Report

In the 54th match of the IPL 2020, Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are facing Steven Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).

Both teams are playing their 14th or last league stage game in the ongoing IPL 2020. In the IPL 2020 points table (updated till 31st October 2020), while both have already earned 12 points (6 wins and 7 loses) each, Rajasthan Royals are in the 6th position and Kolkata Knight Riders are in the 7th position. It is the must-win game for both these teams to remain in the fight for the playoffs qualification.

It is their second meeting this season. During the 12th match of the IPL 2020 (at Dubai on 30th September 2020), they met for the first time this season where KKR won by 37 runs.

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IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) – Toss Report

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith won the toss and decided to field first. RR are the unchanged side in this match. 

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Smith said, “We will bowl first, dew seems to be coming in and that’s the big reason. We have bowled well majority of the tournament and hopefully we will go well tonight. The games we haven’t done well, our senior batters haven’t done well and fortunately Stokes and Samson are in good nick. We are unchanged.”

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan confirmed that they made two changes in the playing XI. Andre Russell and Shivam Mavi replaced Lockie Ferguson and Rinku Singh.

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Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: IPL)

Morgan said, “We would have prefered to chase. It’s not a night for holding back and on top of that we need to improve the NRR. He (Andre Russell) is back and it is great to have him back and so let’s hope tonight is the night. Lockie is out. Rinku Singh misses out and Shivam Mavi comes in. As a side you want to get into a position to win the game and then think about other (NRR) scenarios.”

IPL 2020, Match 54: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) – Playing XIs

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

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Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2020: Pat Cummins Made Steve Smith Look Like A Lower-Order Batsman – Brad Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has heaped praise on KKR pacer Pat Cummins and said that he made RR skipper Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman with his sheer pace. Rajasthan Royals had the won the toss and chosen to field.

KKR went on to score 174 from 20 overs with important knocks from Shubman Gill (47 runs) and Eoin Morgan (34 runs). The Royals could not bear the wrath of KKR bowlers and could only get 137 runs on the board in 20 overs. KKR won the match by 37 runs.

Captain Steve Smith who had been in a great form in the opening two matches was dismissed by Pat Cummins for only three runs. Cummins ended up with the economical figure of 13/1 in his three overs bowled.

Pat Cummins KKR and Steve Smith RR
Pat Cummins and Steve Smith. Image Credits: Twitter

Pat Cummins showed that he was worth the million dollars that was forked out for him this IPL: Brad Hogg

Cummins had a hard start to his IPL 2020 campaign after he gave away 49 runs in three overs in KKR’s IPL opener against MI. He was heavily criticised for his performance, and for the sum, KKR paid for him. The Knight Riders secured Pat Cummins’ signing for a whopping INR 15.5 crores.

Cummins showed a great display against SRH in their second match with impressive figures of 19/1, and maintained his form against RR. Brad Hogg said that Cummins was the game-changer of the match when he dismissed Steve Smith.

“It was the second over in the chase where the game changed. Pat Cummins, the number one Test bowler in the world up against Steve Smith, the number one Test batsman in the world. Pat Cummins showed that he was worth the million dollars that was forked out for him this IPL. He made Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

Brad Hogg, ICC World Cup 2019, Jason Roy
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“He had his footwork all over the shop. He was beating him on the outside edge and inside edge. Steve Smith started slogging and he nearly got out on the second-last ball of that over but finally got caught behind on the last ball,” he added.

Brad Hogg feels Steve Smith’s wrong approach to Pat Cummins’ over costed RR the game

The target of 174 was not too huge to chase for RR, who had chased in the excess of 200 against KXIP. In the second over Pat Cummins got the better off Smith with every ball he played him and eventually got his wicket. Hogg believes if Smith would have saved his wicket from Cummins he could have attacked the young bowlers of KKR next and the result of the game would have been different.

“Pat Cummins was way too good, way too quick, accurate and Steve Smith didn’t have the answers. All Steve Smith had to do was play that over out and attack the likes of Mavi, Nagarkoti and the younger bowlers of that KKR outfit and RR would have been in a better position. But he didn’t, he had a brain fade and that cost RR the game and gave KKR the win,” Brad Hogg said.

Steve Smith. RR
Image Credits: BCCI/IPL

Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with 2 victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Steven Smith (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
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IPL 2020, KKR vs RR: Pat Cummins Wins Battle Easily – Steve Smith

Steve Smith, captain of Rajasthan Royals, commented that KKR pacer Pat Cummins, both of whom feature in the same Australia team, won the battle between them quite comfortably after Rajasthan Royals stumbled to a 37-run defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). While chasing 175 to win, Rajasthan Royals was restricted to 137/9 in the allotted twenty overs.

At one stage during their chase, Rajasthan Royals was reduced to 88/8 as KKR bowlers wreaked havoc at the Dubai International Stadium. For KKR, pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and spinner Varun Chakravarthy took two wickets each.

Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins and Kuldeep Yadav picked up a wicket apiece. RR were reduced to 106/9 before Tom Curran gave them a respectful score by being unbeaten on 54 runs.

Steve Smith with Pat Cummins
Steve Smith with Pat Cummins

Steve Smith  Said Battle Between Him And Pat Cummins Was Easily Won By The Pacer Who Needed 1 Good Ball To Get The Australian Batsman Dismissed

Whopping buy for KKR, Pat Cummins had dismissed Steve Smith in the second over of the innings as he had him caught at the hands of wicket-keeper skipper Dinesh Karthik of KKR. Steve Smith was able to score just three runs after playing 7 balls.

“It wasn’t a great battle, he (Cummins) won pretty easy. I spoke to him and he said to me that I normally smash these kind of deliveries, sometimes you just get a good one, don’t you,” Smith told host broadcaster Star Sports after the conclusion of the match.

Pacer Shivam Mavi got the wickets of dependable batsman Sanju Samson and wicket-keeper England’s Jos Buttler while Kamlesh Nagarkoti dismissed Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag.

While batting first, Shubman Gill top-scored for KKR with 47 runs. England skipper Eoin Morgan and West Indian Andre Russell also played useful knocks of 34 and 24 respectively to take the score to 174/6.

Pat Cummins KKR and Steve Smith RR
Pat Cummins KKR and Steve Smith RR

Eoin Morgan usually bats at number four or five, but he was sent out to the middle at number six against Rajasthan Royals after the likes of skipper Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell, but it was quite fruitful. Rajasthan Royals will next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd while KKR will lock horns with Delhi Capitals on the same day later in the evening.

KKR Wins 2nd Game And Are 2nd In Points Table

Pacer Shivam Mavi won the man of the match award after an impressive performance as he had figures of 2/20 off quota of 4 overs while pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti had figures of 2/13 in two overs. Rookie spinner Varun Chakraborty impressed again picking two wickets for 25 while Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine picked up one wicket each as Rajasthan Royals could only manage 137/9.

Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti And Dinesh Karthik
Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti And Dinesh Karthik. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

KKR scored 174/6 after opener Shubman Gill scored 47 and the trio of Nitish Rana, Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan scoring in excess of 20. Eoin Morgan was unbeaten on 34 as Jofra Archer picked up two wickets conceding only 18 runs.

KKR won their 2nd consecutive game after losing to MI and are 2nd on the points table with 4 points tied along with DC, RR and RCB.

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