IPL 2019 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: What a sensational turnaround from Rajasthan Royals! From 98/5 in 11 overs to 177/7 in 19.2 overs, Rajasthan almost pulled off an unthinkable as Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer steered them a brilliant three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. At the age of 17, Parag (47) showed terrific composure and batted with a lot of maturity and took the visitors close to the win. It was a fantastic win in the end for the tourists, especially taking into account the position they were in after losing the best players rather early.
The Powerplay belonged to Rajasthan despite losing Ajinkya Rahane. However, later the tide completely swung in Kolkata’s favour. Their spinners, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine, ran through the top order and allowed others to chip in and eat into the tail. All seemed lost but young Parag had other ideas in mind. He stitched a few solid stands but the main one came with Archer (44 runs off 21 balls) where they just scored freely. Parag departed for 41, but Archer hung around and gave the finishing touches for the Royals, with 4 balls still to spare. Here’s how the Twitter world applauded Parag and Archer’s blitz in Edens:-
Earlier, under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Royals. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs.
On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal.
Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then.