IPL-2022: After five consecutive defeats, KKR tasted victory, hopes of reaching the play-offs alive

IPL-2022: Nitish Rana (48 not out) and Rinku Singh (42 not out) shared 66 runs in 6.2 overs to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League match. On Monday, with five balls to spare, beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets. Batting first, Rajasthan team scored 152 runs for five wickets. KKR scored 158 runs for three wickets in 19.1 overs and registered a victory after five consecutive losses. Nitish hit three fours and two sixes in his 37-ball unbeaten innings, while Rinku hit six fours and a six in his 23-ball attack. Captain Shreyas Iyer scored 34 runs in 32 balls with the help of three fours and a six. He laid the foundation for the victory with Rinku sharing a 60-run stand for the third wicket.

Trent Boult (25 runs in four overs), Pramukh Krishna (37 runs in four overs) and Kuldeep Sen for Rajasthan. (28 runs in 3.1 overs) took one wicket each. This is the first match of the season for the team when the spin bowlers pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal could not take a single wicket. Both conceded 64 runs in eight overs. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals scored 152 for five on the basis of half-century innings of captain Sanju Samson (54). Samson hit seven fours and a six in his 49-ball innings. In the last over, Riyan Parag made 19 in 12 balls with the help of two sixes and a four and Shimron Hetmyer scored an unbeaten 27 runs in 13 balls with the help of two sixes and a four to take the team’s score to 150. < /p>

For KKR, Team Saudi took two wickets for 46 runs in four overs. Umesh Yadav, Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi took a wicket each while Sunil Narine conceded just 19 runs in four overs. Chasing the target, KKR once again could not start well. Opener Aaron Finch (4 runs) was bowled by Sen, while Baba Indrajit (15 runs) was bowled by Krishna  The bouncer trapped the ball. In the power play, the team could manage only 32 runs for two wickets. 

Rajasthan bowlers kept the pair of Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer tied for the next few overs. Rana accelerated the run-rate by hitting two fours and a six against Ashwin in the 11th over. Shreyas then hit a six against Chahal but in the 13th over, caught by Samson on Boult’s ball, showed him the way to the pavilion.  

Rinku Singh hit a four as soon as he stepped on the crease. He eased the pressure by hitting a six off Sen in the 16th over and then hitting a four against Krishna in the first two balls of Chahal in 18 overs. He completed a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket by hitting a four. After winning the toss, KKR bowlers bowled tight in the opening overs and Umesh bowled the third over maiden. He took the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal (two runs). Jos Buttler (22 off 25 balls) and Sanju Samson hit fours in the fifth over of this bowler.  Samson hit a six off the last ball of the power play against debutant all-rounder Anukul Roy, taking the team’s score to 38 for one after six overs. 

KKR bowlers Tight bowling against Butler running in excellent rhythm, which benefited the Saudis who came to bowl in the ninth over. Butler gave the catch to Shivam Mavi near the boundary in the pursuit of hitting a big shot. After this Samson sent the ball across the boundary line with some good shots but could not increase the team’s run rate much. 

Left-arm spinner Anukul returned to the team on the first ball of the 14th over. He showed the way to the pavilion to Karun Nair (13). Samson completed his second half-century of the season in 38 balls in the same over, while Riyan Parag, who came to the crease, ended the over with a six. 

Parag slammed the Saudi delivery in the 17th over. Sent the pass but on the very next ball, the catch was given to Anukul on deep midwicket. On the first ball of the next over, Mavi gave KKR a big breakthrough by running Samson. Shimron Hetmyer started the 19th over with a six off two balls to accelerate the run rate. Rajasthan got 20 runs from this over of Saudi. Mavi spent only 10 runs in the last over. 

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