Indian Premier League: Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs

KKR opener Shubman Gill, 20, hit his second half-century of this 12 months’s IPL
Indian Premier League, Sharjah:
Kolkata Knight Riders 171-4 (20 overs): Gill 56 (44), Iyer 38 (35); Sakariya 1-23
Rajasthan Royals 85 all out (16.1 overs): Tewatia 44 (36); Mavi 4-21, Ferguson 3-18
Kolkata Knight Riders gained by 86 runs
Scorecard. Desk

Kolkata Knight Riders all however confirmed their place within the Indian Premier League play-offs with a one-sided 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals.

Within the closing group-stage recreation for each groups, Shubman Gill (56 off 44) top-scored as KKR posted 171-4.

Royals managed a dismal 85 all out in reply with Shivam Mavi taking 4-21.

Mumbai Indians can nonetheless mathematically leapfrog KKR into fourth place however might want to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by a report 171 runs on Friday.

Royals finish the season in seventh place and their await a second IPL trophy – having gained the inaugural competitors in 2008 – goes on.

Kolkata go large after watchful begin

In arguably their most essential recreation of the season, KKR made a cautious begin to their innings, reaching 20-0 after 4 overs, 34-0 after the powerplay and 50-0 after eight overs.

The platform was then set for opener Venkatesh Iyer to let unfastened, and he launched seamer Jaydev Unadkat for 2 sixes within the ninth over.

Iyer appeared to have his eye in after a affected person begin to his knock, however was dismissed relatively tamely when he was bowled making an attempt to reverse sweep leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia.

Gill then showcased his repertoire of pictures – hitting 4 boundaries and two sixes – earlier than being dismissed by Chris Morris, the IPL’s costliest signing.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan – who has had a woeful time with the bat within the competitors – got here to the crease at 17.1 overs and completed unbeaten on 13 off 11.

The England skipper ends the group stage with 124 runs from 14 matches, at a median of 12.40 and strike-rate of 102.47, however confirmed a glimpse of classic Morgan when he flicked the penultimate ball of the innings for six over sq. leg.

Livingstone fails as Royals disintegrate

The Royals reply acquired off to the worst attainable begin when opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan.

That dismissal – off the third ball of the innings – ended Royals’ very slim hopes of creating the play-offs on net-run-rate.

Regardless of having solely satisfaction then to play for, issues didn’t get a lot better for Royals.

Skipper Sanju Samson – the competitors’s fifth highest run-scorer (484 runs) this 12 months – was dismissed by Mavi within the subsequent over, Morgan taking the catch, to depart Royals on 1-2.

That quickly turned 12-3 when Liam Livingstone sliced a rising supply from Lockie Ferguson (3-18) to the leg facet and was caught for six.

Graphic showing Liam Livingstone's scores in IPL 2021
Livingstone has scored 42 runs in 5 innings for Royals this 12 months, with a strike-rate of 102.43

It capped a disappointing IPL marketing campaign for Livingstone, who went to the UAE in wealthy kind final month.

The 28-year-old England batter was top-scorer (348 runs) within the inaugural males’s Hundred competitors and likewise starred for England in opposition to Pakistan earlier in the summertime, however has struggled for runs within the IPL.

The wickets continued to tumble for Royals, who fell to 35-7 after 9 overs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s undesirable report of the bottom whole in IPL historical past – 49 all out in opposition to KKR in 2017 – was in peril of being damaged.

However Tewatia – batting at quantity seven – saved Royals’ blushes with 44 off 36 balls – clearing the rope 5 instances and scoring greater than half his crew’s runs.

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