IPL: With 86 runs win, KKR’s playoff ticket almost certain, Punjab OUT, Mumbai in trouble

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SharjahKolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by a huge margin of 86 runs in the Indian Premier League on Thursday to almost ensure a playoff ticket. Batting first, Kolkata scored 171 runs for four wickets. Apart from scoring 56 off 44 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes, he also added 79 runs for the first wicket with Venkatesh Iyer (38) to help KKR create a challenging total. In reply, Rajasthan Royals had a very poor start and wickets kept falling one after the other. The entire team was bowled out for 85 runs in 16.1 overs. Rahul Tewatia played the highest innings of 44 runs. With this win, KKR have got 14 points and their net run rate is very good. With this, Punjab Kings had to be out of the race for the playoffs, which had 12 points after winning today’s match. On the other hand, defending champions Mumbai Indians have 12 points but their run rate is in minus (-0.048). If they want to reach the playoffs, they will have to do some miracle against Sunrisers Hyderabad and register a win by 171 runs.

Rajasthan team piled up like this
Chasing the target, Rajasthan had a poor start and Mavi and Ferguson piled up Rajasthan’s innings like a pack of cards. Rajasthan lost their seven wickets one after the other for just 35 runs. In Rajasthan’s innings, only Shivam Dubey and Teotia could cross the double-digit mark. In Rajasthan’s innings, Shivam was dismissed for 18 runs off 20 balls with the help of a six. Apart from them Yashasvi Jaiswal (0), Samson (1), Liam Livingstone (6), Anuj Rawat (0), Glenn Phillips (8), Chris Morris (0), Jaydev Unadkat (6) and Chetan Sakaria were dismissed for one run. . For Rajasthan, Rahul Teotia scored 44 runs in 36 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Apart from Mavi, Ferguson took three wickets for KKR, while Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakraborty got one wicket each.

Thrill of KKR’s innings
Earlier, KKR made a great start to their innings. Openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer added 79 runs for the first wicket. Tewatia broke this partnership by dismissing Iyer. Iyer scored 38 runs in 35 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. After this, Nitish Rana, who came to bat, scored 12 runs in just five balls with the help of a four and a six. Rana was dismissed by Glenn Phillips. After this, Rahul Tripathi, who came to bat, along with Gill, carried forward the innings of KKR and both shared a partnership of 41 runs in 23 balls. Meanwhile, Gill also completed his half-century. Gill was dismissed by Morris and dealt a blow to KKR. Gill scored 56 runs in 44 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Tripathi also could not last long and was dismissed for 21 runs in 14 balls with the help of a six. After this, captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik took the innings forward. Morgan (14) and Karthik (13) remained unbeaten on runs. For Rajasthan, Morris, Chetan Sakaria, Tewatia and Phillips took one wicket each.

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[Attribution to NBT]

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