The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) comfortably beat the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 37 runs with a consummate bowling effort dismantling the squad that chased the highest total in Indian Premier League (IPL) history in its previous game.
KKR jump from seventh to second on the points table with two wins and a loss, just below table-toppers Delhi on net run rate. RR gave up their spot and slid to third, encountering their first loss in three games.
Skipper Steve Smith won the toss and chose to chase. KKR showcased the depth of their lineup with contributions from throughout the order, anchored again by Shubman Gill (47) and Eoin Morgan (37). Jofra Archer continued his stellar IPL with four stingy overs and two wickets, restricting them to 174.
The RR lineup has been relying on its young, local talent to string through its totals, but it had too much of a weight to carry. The trio of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy scalped two wickets each to keep the likes of Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler at bay. Tom Curran’s excellent batting effort (54) at number 7 came too little, too late.
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