Rajasthan Royals pacer Varun Aaron struct twice removing both Kolkata Knight Riders openers within the powerplay after RR skipper Steve Smith won the toss and decided to put the hosts in to bat at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Aaron, was given the new ball in the absence of Dhawal Kulkarni, started off brilliantly dismissing the dangerous Chris Lynn in his first over before coming back two overs late to haunt KKR with another wicket, this time of his opening partner Shubman Gill.
Aaron was in the middle of an excellent spell firing in bullets at around 150kph giving away almost nothing in his first two overs to go with the crucial wicket of Chris Lynn. Skipper Steve Smith decided to stick with him for another over and the pacer responded this time around with the wicket of Shubman Gill. It was a well disguised slower delivery in the final ball of the fifth over which swing in sharply to crash into the right hander’s stumps.
Gill, who had hit Aaron for a boundary earlier in the over, was completely deceived by the nature of the swing. The 19 year old was looking to play the same shot which had earned him a boundary two balls earlier but the swing did him completely this time around and he ended up playing across the line. The ball took the faint edge of the bat before crashing into the stumps. It was a delightful sight for the Rajasthan Royals fielders with both the KKR openers back in the hut with just 31 runs on the board.
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