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IPL 2020: KKR vs RR Highlights – Match 54 | KKR Won by 60 Runs

IPL 2020 KKR vs RR Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders is set to play the 54th match of IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals. A must-win match for both the team in order to move upward in the IPL 2020 points table.

The winning team has a slight chance of entering the playoff along with other teams result.

Playoff qualify possibilities

  • The loser is knocked out
  • To go past DC’s NRR: KKR should win by 75 runs, RR should win by 14.1 overs
  • To go past RCB’s NRR: KKR should win by 79 runs, RR should win by 13.4 overs

Match: Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals(RR)

Venue:  Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Toss Details: RR won the toss and elect to bowl

Captains View 

Steve Smith | RR Skipper

We will bowl first, dew seems to be coming in and that’s the big reason. We have bowled well the majority of the tournament and hopefully, we will go well tonight. In the games we haven’t done well, our senior batters haven’t done well, and fortunately, Stokes and Samson are in good nick. We are unchanged.

Eoin Morgan | KKR Skipper

We would have preferred to chase. It’s not a night for holding back and on top of that, we need to improve the NRR. He (Andre Russell) is back and it is great to have him back and so let’s hope tonight is the night. Lockie is out.

Rinku Singh misses out and Shivam Mavi comes in. As a side, you want to get into a position to win the game and then think about other (NRR) scenarios

Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals(RR)

Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi.

Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.

KKR vs RR Highlights

Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) Batting

Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana get in to lead KKR. While Jofra Archer opens the attack against KKR. Archer makes it hard for KKR by dismissing Rana off the first ball he faced. Rana struggles to make consistency in the IPL 2020.

Though KKR loses its opening batsman in the first over Gill and Tripathi with back to back boundaries leads KKR score to 55 runs for 1 wicket loss at the end of the powerplay.

RR gets in pressure to break this partnership as this duo would lead KKR to a better position. Rahul Tewatia lands KKR in the struggle by dismissing Gill and Narine off the same over.

Losing two wickets in an over puts pressure over the KKR’s batsmen. At the end of the 10th over KKR scored 84 runs for 3 wicket loss. Skipper Eoin Morgan gets in to join hands with Tripathi.

Shreyas Gopal with a shorter length delivery dismissed Tripathi and breaks the partnership. In the followed over Rahul Tewatia dismissed Dinesh Karthik for duck and loads pressure over KKR.

Morgan, KKR’s skipper has none other option than to hit it hard by himself. Russell walks to Pavillion after scoring a quickfire 25 runs from 10 deliveries. On the other hand, Morgan seems uncontrollable. Eoin strikes aggressively almost in every over and KKR scoreboard has a huge impact when KKR strikers scored 24 runs off a single over from Stokes.

Eoin Morgan bags his 5th IPL half-century
Eoin Morgan bags his 5th IPL half-century

With a six to finish off KKR scored 191 runs for 7 wicket loss. Eoin Morgan stands tall with his unbeaten 68 runs off 35 deliveries.

Rajasthan Royals(RR) Batting

Uthappa and Stokes get in to lead RR to chase down the target of 191 runs. Pat Cummins opens the attack against RR. Understanding the importance of the opening partnership Uthappa stats the innings with a six off the first delivery.

Pat Cummins made an expensive first over as he gave 19 runs off the first five deliveries and as a complimentary he dismissed Uthappa. Though Cummins loses runs off his first over he dismissed the dangerous batsman Uthappa for 6 runs.

Steve Smith joins hands with Stokes. This dangerous duo fails to make an impact on the RR scoreboard and dismissed in Pat Cummins’s spell. Cummins in his second over of the innings dismissed Stokes and Steve Smith and lands RR in trouble.

Pat Cummins took 4 wickets within the powerplay
Pat Cummins took 4 wickets within the powerplay

The RR’s nightmare increases when Shivam Mavi in his next over dismissed Sanju Samson for 1 run. Cummins again in his next over dismissed Riyan Parag and lands RR in their worst position.

KKR took the much needed early wickets by dismissing 5 batsmen of the RR team at the end of the powerplay for 41 runs. Still, RR has their game-changer batsmen as Rahul Tewatia and Jos Buttler were on the strike.

This duo needs to make back to back aggressive shots as the required run rate makes it to a peak. This duo leads RR to score 74 runs for 5 wicket loss at the end of the 10th over.

Chakravarthy makes the breakthrough by dismissing Buttler for 35 runs. Buttler’s wicket scatters the RR dream of winning the match. V Chakravarthy in his last over scatters the last hope of RR by dismissing Rahul Tewatia for 31 runs.

RR still can make it out if RR strikers make a magical inning by hitting back to back sixes and boundaries. K Nagarkotiin the 18th over dismissed Jofra Archer and increases the KKR’s winning possibilities.

At the end of the 20th over RR scored 131 runs for 9 wicket loss and got eliminated from the tournament as KKR beat them by 60 runs.

Watch KKR vs RR Highlights

Man of the match 

Pat Cummins | KKR 

(Ongoing for 19 in the first over) A lot goes through your mind. First few balls weren’t great. As long as you go back to bowling your best balls, it’s alright. Top of off is always that area for me, there was a bit early in there with the new ball.

So, I was trying to get as many in there as I can. Not really, don’t think I expected to get all wickets like that. Some days you bowl well and don’t get luck, some days you get a bit of luck as well.

Today, everything fell into place. I guess early on in the season, I put a lot of pressure on myself. As the tournament has gone on, I’ve got better and better. You’re always learning.

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