KKR pacer Shivam Mavi took 4 for 21 against Rajasthan. (AFP)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rajasthan Royals by a huge margin of 86 runs in Sharjah to almost secure the playoff ticket. At the same time, after the victory of Kolkata, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings have been out. Mumbai Indians are also almost on the verge of being eliminated but this will be confirmed after the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
New Delhi. Kolkata Knight Risers defeated Rajasthan Royals by a huge margin of 86 runs in the IPL-2021 match due to the amazing performances of Shubman Gill and pacer Shivam Mavi. With this win in Sharjah, Kolkata has almost confirmed the ticket to the playoffs. At the same time, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings are out. Kolkata, captained by Eoin Morgan, made a strong score of 171 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs. After this the Rajasthan team was all out for 85 runs in 16.1 overs.
Kolkata now has 14 points after 7 wins in 14 matches, while Rajasthan has 10 points from 5 wins in the same number of matches. Hyderabad currently has 6 points from 3 wins in 13 matches. Punjab and Mumbai currently have 12 points each but the team led by KL Rahul has played 14 matches. Mumbai will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad on 8 October.
If Rohit Sharma-led team Mumbai wants to reach the playoffs, then it will have to win over Sunrisers Hyderabad by more than 170 runs. If the record 5-time champions chase the target, it will be almost impossible for them to beat KKR’s net run rate. Not only this, Mumbai will also have to make a score of at least more than 250 while batting first.