Rinku and Rana steer KKR home in tricky chase

Kolkata Knight Riders 158 for 3 (Rana 48*, Rinku 42*, Shreyas 34) beat Rajasthan Royals 152 for five (Samson 54, Hetmyer 27*, Southee 2-46) by seven wickets

Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh offset an early wobble and ensured Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 153 to snap their five-match dropping streak, on a gradual, grippy Wankhede Stadium monitor. After Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna had made early inroads for Rajasthan Royals, Rana and Rinku dismantled R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively to carry the goal inside Knight Riders’ attain.

Rana cracked Ashwin for 23 off 14 balls on Monday, taking his general head-to-head to 99 off 52 balls without being dismissed by the spinner within the IPL. He first cast a 60-run third-wicket partnership with Shreyas Iyer (34) after which a livelier 66-run stand with Rinku to usher Knight Riders residence.

Sanju Samson‘s wretched luck with the toss continued – he has received just one out of ten tosses this IPL – however regardless of that Royals made a good fist of their defence by dragging it deep. Nonetheless, with 31 wanted off 18 balls, Rinku whacked back-to-back fours off Chahal to successfully kill off the sport. It was Rana who in the end completed it with 5 balls to spare, with an uppercut six off Kuldeep Sen.

Royals’ go-slow
Umesh Yadav obtained the brand new ball to swing each methods to threaten each edges of Jos Buttler in his first over. Ankul Roy, who was picked instead of the out-of-form Venkatesh Iyer, saved Buttler – and Devdutt Padikkal – quiet along with his stump-to-stump darts. Umesh struck in his second over when he had Padikkal spooning a return catch for two.

After watching Royals gulp down 18 dots within the first 4 overs, Samson obtained a transfer on within the fifth over, hitting Umesh for back-to-back fours. Buttler uncharacteristically dawdled to 22 off 24 balls earlier than Shivam Mavi mixed with Tim Southee to dismiss him. Southee had bowled one in his slot – or maybe simply wanting it and Buttler shovelled it away within the air along with his highly effective backside wrist. For a second, the ball appeared to sail away for six, however Mavi intervened by leaping athletically to his proper at long-on to pluck the ball out of skinny air. At that stage, Royals had been 55 for two within the ninth over.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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