In IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs in the 54th match of the league on Thursday. Kolkata, batting first after losing the toss, scored 171 for four in 20 overs and then bundled out Rajasthan for just 85 runs in 16.1 overs. This is the lowest score ever made by Rajasthan in IPL. Rahul Tewatia scored 44 runs for Rajasthan. Shivam Mavi bowled his career best for Kolkata, taking four wickets for 21 runs in 3.1 overs. Apart from them, Lockie Ferguson took three wickets and Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakraborty took one wicket each.
Captain Eoin Morgan said after this victory, ‘I don’t think anything could have been better than this. It was difficult to lose the toss and then bat. The start we got was great. Shubman Gill and Venkesh Iyer continue to do well for us. The arrival of aggressive players in the middle order has helped us go for big scores…The arrival of Shakib and the way he has performed in the last two games has made it easy to replace Andre Russell. He has made a huge contribution.
With this win, Kolkata Knight Riders’s access to the playoffs is almost certain. The team has 14 points from 14 matches and is at number four in the table with a good net run rate. On the other hand, Punjab Kings also have 12 points from the same number of matches, but Punjab are officially out of the race for the playoffs. Punjab is at number five. Mumbai Indians are at number six with 13 points from 13 matches and it is now impossible to reach the playoffs. Mumbai’s next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday and Mumbai will have to beat Hyderabad by 171 runs to reach the playoffs. If Mumbai fails to do so, Kolkata will become the fourth and last team to reach the playoffs.