Rajasthan Royals (RR) kept their chances of making it to Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019) playoffs alive after a three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens. The defeat is now Knight Riders’ sixth on the trot. Royals completed the chase of 176 runs in 19.2 overs after youngster Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer made valuable contributions with the bat. KKR vs RR Highlights IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by Three Wickets.
Parag, who was dropped early on in his innings by Sunil Narine off his own bowling, went on to score 47 off juts 31 balls. His knock made sure Royals get near to the target. Towards the end, Archer played some lusty shots to seal the deal for his side. He finished unbeaten on 27 off just 12 balls. Oshane Thomas Handed IPL Debut.
Parag and Archer added quick 44 after Royals were reduced to 123 for six in 15.2 overs. At that point in time, it appeared that Knight Riders will take full control of the game. However, Parag and Archer’s stand for the seventh wicket proved to be the difference. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Full Scorecard.
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# This is Rajasthan Royals' first win in five matches since 2014 over Knight Riders.
# This is Rajasthan Royals' second win against KKR at the Eden Gardens.
# The head-to-head record between RR and KKR is now tied at ten each.
# 97* is Dinesh Karthik's highest score in IPL or T20 cricket.
# Dinesh Karthik's 97 is the second highest score by a KKR batsman in IPL. Brendon McCullum's 158 is the highest.
# Riyan Parag Das is the 10th batsman in IPL to be dismissed hit wicket.
Earlier put to bat first, Knight Riders managed to post the competitive total, thanks to skipper Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 97 off just 50 balls. Karthik towards the end provided his side with a much-needed impetus. The KKR captain slammed seven fours and nine sixes during his stay.