Mumbai. After the third century of Jos Buttler’s IPL career, Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs in a thrilling match on the basis of 5 wickets including a hat-trick from spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chasing the target of 218 runs kept by Rajasthan, KKR’s team scored 210 runs in 19.4 overs. For Kolkata, skipper Shreyas Iyer top-scored with 85 runs off 51 balls, while opener Aaron Finch (58) was dismissed after scoring a half-century.
This is Rajasthan’s fourth win in six matches while Kolkata’s fourth defeat in seven matches. For Rajasthan, Yuzvendra Chahal took 5 wickets for 40 runs in his quota of four overs.
Aaron Finch and Shreyas added 107 runs for the second wicket
Chasing the target, Kolkata Knight Riders did not have a good start. KKR lost the wicket of opener Sunil Narine on the very first ball of the over. Narine was run out by Shimron Hetmyer on the best throw. After this Aaron Finch got the support of Captain Shreyas Iyer. Both shared 107 runs for the second wicket.
Finch played an innings of 58 runs in 28 balls.
Finch was dismissed after playing an innings of 58 runs in 28 balls. Finch hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in his half-century innings before being caught by Karun Nair off famous Krishna. Nitish Rana could not do anything special and returned to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs in 11 balls. After this R Ashwin did not even allow Andre Russell to open the account.
Rajasthan scored 217 for 5 on the basis of Butler’s century
Earlier, with Jos Buttler’s second century of the current IPL season, Rajasthan Royals scored 217 for 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Buttler scored 103 runs in 61 balls with five sixes and nine fours. He shared 97 for the first wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (24) and 67 runs for the second wicket with captain Sanju Samson (38). Shimron Hetmyer finally played an unbeaten 26 off 13 balls.
This was Sunil Narine’s 150th IPL match.
Sunil Narine, playing the 150th IPL match for Knight Riders, took 2 wickets for just 21 runs in four overs. Pat Cummins 50 in four overs while Umesh Yadav conceded 44 runs. Cummins got one wicket while Umesh did not get any wicket.
After losing the toss to bat, Buttler along with Padikkal got the Royals off to a stormy start. Buttler remained calm in the first two overs in which the only boundary came off Padikkal’s bat. Butler then took an aggressive stand. He also hit fours and sixes on consecutive deliveries of Shivam Mavi (1 for 34) after hitting fours and sixes off Umesh Yadav. Royals added 60 runs in the power play without losing a wicket.
Buttler hit fifty in 29 balls
Padikkal hit two consecutive fours on Pat Cummins in the seventh over, while Buttler also hit a straight four on this fast bowler to complete his half-century in just 29 balls. Padikkal hit his first six on Narayan but got bowled in the same over. He faced 18 balls and hit three fours and a six.
Butler then found a good partner in the form of Samson. The century of the team’s runs was completed in the 11th over. Samson hit two consecutive fours on Mavi as soon as he came, while Butler also hit two fours on Cummins. Samson hit six sixes on Chakraborty and Umesh but trying to play a big shot off Andre Russell (29/1) was caught at deep midwicket to Mavi. He hit three fours and two sixes in his 19-ball innings.
Jos Buttler completed his century by hitting a six off Cummins
Buttler completed his second century of the current season and third of his IPL career in 59 balls by sending Cummins full toss for six runs. Butler, however, in an attempt to pull the ball in the same over of Cummins, was caught at fine leg by Chakraborty.