The match between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) turned out to be a closely-fought one. The game went down to the last over and with nine runs required off it, Jofra Archer hit a four and a six off Prasidh Krishna to help the Royals win the encounter by three wickets. It was RR’s first win against KKR since 2008 even as the hosts are almost knocked out from this edition’s IPL.
Chasing 176 to win, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson started the Royals’ run-chase with a quickfire stand of 53 runs off 32 balls that set the platform for the rest of the innings. However, spinners Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla applied the brakes to bring KKR back into the match as Rajasthan were soon left reeling 98 for 5 in 12.3 overs. 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal brought the Royals back into the game with some sensible cricket before Joffra Archer came in and played a blinder to take the Royals over the finishing line.
With the required rate rising constantly, Jofra Archer came out all guns blazing and even hit Sunil Narine for a huge six in his final over before Riyan Parag hit Prasidh Krishna for a 4 and a 6 in the 18th over to leave the Royals needing just 18 off 12 balls. Parag was unfortunately dismissed hit wicket for 47 but Joffra Archer kept his calm and hits Prasidh Krishna for a boundary and a six off the first two balls of the final over to seal the victory for the visitors.
Here is the video of the winning moment:
The video of one of the KKR cheerleaders crying after the match got over however has been going viral on social media. The tears rolling down the eyes of the cheerleaders goes to depicts the amount of passion, emotion and feelings associated with this beautiful game. It also goes to show how the cheerleaders whom we see cheering with energetic fabulous moves and grinning throughout the tournament also get emotionally attached with their team, irrespective of their nationality or ethnicity.
Earlier in the day, Dinesh Karthik batted like a man possessed and single-handedly helped Kolkata Knight Riders to a competitive total of 175/6 in 20 overs. Put in to bat, KKR got off to a poor start losing Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana and were reduced to 42 for 3 in 8.2 overs. Dinesh Karthik however responded like a true leader and led the charge for the Knight Riders with some breathtaking strokeplay.
Karthik brought up his half century in 35 balls and before changing gears to help KKR collect 48 runs off the last 3 overs. Karthik hit 7 fours and 9 sixes before bettering his previous best of 86 en-route to a magnificent unbeaten 97 off just 50 balls as the Knight Riders finished with 175/6 in their 20 overs. Courtesy this knock, Karthik registered his highest-ever score in the IPL resurrecting his ordinary campaign in the T20 extravaganza.