Indian Premier League, 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 54

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 01 November 2020

Rajasthan Royals 131/9

RR: 6.54 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Robin Uthappa c Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Pat Cumminsc Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Pat Cummins6201
Ben Stokes c Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Pat Cumminsc Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Pat Cummins181121
Steven Smith bowled Pat Cumminsbowled Pat Cummins4410
Sanju Samson c Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Shivam Mavic Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Shivam Mavi1400
Jos Buttler c Pat Cummins & b Varun Chakravarthyc Pat Cummins & b Varun Chakravarthy352241
Riyan Parag c Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Pat Cumminsc Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Pat Cummins0700
Rahul Tewatia c Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Varun Chakravarthyc Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Varun Chakravarthy312721
Shreyas Gopal not out not out 232320
Jofra Archer c Shivam Mavi & b Kamlesh Nagarkotic Shivam Mavi & b Kamlesh Nagarkoti6900
Kartik Tyagi c Shivam Mavi & b Shivam Mavic Shivam Mavi & b Shivam Mavi2300
Varun Aaron not out not out 0800
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 1, w 4, nb 0)
Total 131 (9 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
19-1 (Robin Uthappa,1), 27-2 (Ben Stokes,2.1), 32-3 (Steven Smith,3), 32-4 (Sanju Samson,3.3), 37-5 (Riyan Parag,5), 80-6 (Jos Buttler,10.4), 105-7 (Rahul Tewatia,14.4), 125-8 (Jofra Archer,17.3), 129-9 (Kartik Tyagi,18.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Pat Cummins4 0 34 4 8.50
Shivam Mavi4 1 15 2 3.75
Varun Chakravarthy4 0 20 2 5.00
Sunil Narine4 0 37 0 9.25
Kamlesh Nagarkoti4 0 24 1 6.00

Right then, the last of double header action this league season ends. Earlier, Chennai beat Punjab and both teams are now flying back to India. While in game 54, Kolkata reduced Rajasthan to pulp. The latter is also out of contention for the playoffs spot now. Kolkata is still alive, courtesy the 60-run win but they must wait, need to reiterate, THEY MUST WAIT! We will only get to know later on, if they can qualify. Meanwhile, the action continues on Monday, 2nd November 2020, with Delhi taking on Bangalore. The winner of that clash secures the other berth in the top 2, alongside Mumbai. The action for Match 55 begins at 1800 Local (1400 GMT) but our build-up begins well in advance. Tune in for that and till then, take care and goodnight!

No prizes for guessing who is the Man of the Match. It is Pat Cummins. Admits that it was not a very great start for him. He did not look too forward when bowling. On his favourite ball, Cummins says it is top of the stumps, around off. Says that he likes to put most of his balls in that area. In T20 cricket, Pat says that some days one bowls well and some days they don't. Is happy that a couple of wickets have come. The longer the tournament has progressed, the better he has bowled, Cummins says. 

Eoin Morgan, THE WINNING CAPTAIN, says that the score they got was around a par score. Adds that all his batsmen felt that it was a really good score. Feels that to post that big of a score even with wickets falling, Morgan says he is amazed. States that Kolkata knew that dew would come in later on, in the evening. Having spent time out in the middle, he says that the hard and good length balls work well. States that Cummins set the tone. Says that winning the game was about taking the wickets. Adds that Rajasthan have many world-class players on their side and it was important to take them out. Says that Rajasthan are a fantastic side as are the majority of the teams today. Adds that Kolkata cannot do anything beyond what they did today. He says that beyond this everything is left to god.

Stay tuned for the presentation.

Andre Russell is up for a chat. Says that it is good to be back and be amongst the runs as well. Says that he had a tough rehab. Is priviliged to be back and running around. He says that he would have been out for a long time but for Kolkata's doctors and the management, he is up and running and was able to feature in this game. Says that he does not want to disturb the healing process and force himself to bowl. On his wicket, him getting caught, Russell admits that he knew he stroked it straight to the fielder. Is happy that the team got these 2 crucial points. Says that he loves following cricket and watches every game. States that the middle overs is normally where he bats so he watches and sees what everyone does there.

Steven Smith, Rajasthan's captain, says that the wicket was probably around 180. Losing 4 wickets in the Powerplay, it was always going to be tough from there. Says that Pat Cummins bowled nice lengths. Adds that the first over, Rajasthan got off to a flier but then kept losing wickets later on. Says that some batters did not take responsibility throughout the tournament. Says though that there are a couple of positives that Rajasthan have unearthed - Jofra Archer and Rahul Tewatia. Smith says that the latter bowled really well throughout the tournament. Smith agrees that every side in this tournament is tough. Says that it is a disappointing day for Rajasthan to bow out. Adds that it has been great. Congratulates the organizers for putting up a wonderful show in Dubai. States that many in India are going through tough times and hopes that the players could do their bit to entertain them. States that the BCCI have done really well to put up this show.

Earlier in the evening, Kolkata managed to reach 191, thanks to their captain, Morgan! His superb 68 off 35 did not just steady the sinking ship but also took them to a winning total. Tewatia was the star with the ball for the side from the 'Pink City' as he finished with a 3-fer. That though was not enough to keep Kolkata to a chaseable total.

Excellent bowling performance from Kolkata. Cometh the hour, cometh the man! That is what their most expensive buy did. He delivered at the most crucial stage for his side. His 4-fer set his side up for the win. Mavi and the impressive Chakravarthy built on it with 2 wickets each. Nagarkoti got one as well. This ensured Rajasthan never recovered.

Chasing 192, Rajasthan looked like they would be able to chase it for just 13 balls. They lost Uthappa in the first over, Stokes followed soon. That set the precedent for the evening. Wickets fell in clusters and when you lose 4 inside the Powerplay, it is difficult to comeback, especially chasing 192! Buttler and Tewatia scored 35 and 31 but that was the only saving grace in an abject batting performance. That sees them finish bottom of the league.

Comprehensive win for Kolkata and they have knocked out Rajasthan. Kolkata have finished the league with 14 points but will it be enough to see them qualify for the playoffs? Only time will tell. Bet all the Kolkata fans and players will be glued to their Television for the next two days, keeping a close eye on the remaining 2 games. 

Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron, On a length down the leg side, Varun moves to the leg side and looks to steer it towards third man but he misses it altogether. A perfect birthday gift for Shah Rukh Khan who celebrates it in a short while from now. KOLKATA WIN BY 60 RUNS!
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron, Short ball, Varun Aaron gives room and looks to pull. But he though misses it.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron, Full and around off, driven to cover.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron, Short ball, takes Varun by surprise as he looked to play at it. Takes his thumb and goes to the off side. Nasty!
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron, Length ball down the leg side, Aaron tucks it to short mid-wicket as he moved a touch to the on side.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal, Shortish ball on top of off, Gopal moves to the off side and then gets back to the leg side. Strokes this to deep point and takes a single.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal, WIDE! Down the leg side, Shreyas Gopal lets it be.
Shivam Mavi to Varun Aaron, Very full on middle, jammed out back to the bowler.
Shivam Mavi to Varun Aaron, Outside off, punched to point.
Shivam Mavi to Varun Aaron, On the pads, Aaron looks to glance it but misses to get hit on the pads.

Varun Aaron is the last man in for Rajasthan.

Shivam Mavi to Kartik Tyagi, OUT! TAKEN! Trust Mavi to take it one-handed and he does. The 9th wicket goes down for Rajasthan. Full and on middle and leg, Tyagi looks to flick it on the leg side but ends up getting a leading edge back to the bowler. Shivam Mavi was a touch surprised that it came back to him. He manages to react quickly, get a hand to it but fumbles a touch, a couple of times, before he finally holds onto it.
Shivam Mavi to Shreyas Gopal, Very full on off, bunted down to long on for a single.
Shivam Mavi to Kartik Tyagi, Very full ball on the boots, dug out to short mid-wicket for a single.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal, Short ball to finish. Shreyas swivels and half-pulls at it, only to end up missing it.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Kartik Tyagi, The batsman works it on the off side for one.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal, Full and around off, this is driven down to long on for a single.

Who's in now? Kartik Tyagi it is.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Jofra Archer, OUT! CAUGHT! Shivam Mavi with the catch. Archer did not connect it well at all. Full and on middle and leg, Archer clears his front leg and looks to slog it over long on. However, he does not get it off the meat of the bat. He ends up getting it only as far as long on where Mavi completes the catch.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal, Very full and around off, stroked very firmly to the sweeper cover fielder. Just the single though.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Jofra Archer, Full and around off, this is driven down to mid off for a single.
Sunil Narine to Shreyas Gopal, FOUR! Another reverse sweep, another boundary. Flatter ball down the leg side, Shreyas moves there and reverse sweeps it to the deep backward point boundary.
Sunil Narine to Shreyas Gopal, Now, he gets this over the keeper's head, to the third man region and picks up a couple.
Sunil Narine to Shreyas Gopal, FOUR! This is an intelligent shot. Gopal moves to the leg side and reverse sweeps the fuller ball in the gap between short third man and backward point.
Sunil Narine to Jofra Archer, Outside off, this is hit uppishly towards long off. It lands on a bounce and Rajasthan take a single.
Sunil Narine to Jofra Archer, NOT OUT! Don't know why there was a call for the stumping there. Archer was very safe, even to the looks of the naked eye. Tossed up on off and middle, Archer gives room on the off side and swings for the heavens but misses. It goes on top of the stumps and Karthik does not collect it properly. It rolls off his body and hits the stumps, whipping the bails off. There is an appeal for the stumping. The on-field umpires take it upstairs to have a look. The replay is in and Archer's foot is well inside as the bails come off.
Sunil Narine to Jofra Archer, Outside off, punched to point.

Varun Chakravarthy has completed his alloted quota. Here comes Sunil Narine to bowl out. 3-0-26-0 for him. He would fancy a wicket or two here.

Shivam Mavi to Jofra Archer, Very full on off, dug out to the off side for one.
Shivam Mavi to Shreyas Gopal, Outside off, punched to sweeper cover for one.
Shivam Mavi to Jofra Archer, Good length ball outside off, this is hammered down the ground, past the bowler. But just the single as the long off fielder mops it up.
Shivam Mavi to Shreyas Gopal, Very full and on off, driven to cover-point for a single.
Shivam Mavi to Shreyas Gopal, Length ball on top of the stumps, Gopal clears his front foot and looks to slog it on the off side. He though misses.
Shivam Mavi to Jofra Archer, On off, Archer looks to clip it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. It goes uppishly over the bowler and they take a single. Shivam tried to reach out and take it but it was over his reach.

Shivam Mavi is back to bowl. 2-1-8-1 are his numbers.

Varun Chakravarthy to Jofra Archer, Flatter and around off, pushed to the off side for a single. Chakravarthy finishes off with 4-0-20-2. What a night he has had as well.
Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Gopal, Flatter on off, Gopal chips it to the left of the bowler. Varun gets to a full stretch to try and grab at it but it was wide of him. A single.

DRINKS! Rajasthan's miracle and magician man of the season, Rahul Tewatia has also departed and so as their hopes. They need another 87 runs in 32 balls. Kolkata will now look to bowl them out under 112 to get their run rate better. Can they take the next 3 wickets for 7 or less runs?  Archer joins Gopal out in the middle. 

Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, OUT! TAKEN! What a night, Dinesh is having! Chakravarthy, well he gets one more wicket. Tossed up around off, Tewatia gets down on one knee and looks to sweep but he gets a top edge. It goes to the left of Karthik on the off side. The Kolkata keeper runs in there and collects it with ease.
Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Gopal, Tossed up on off, this is worked on the off side for one.

Match number 54 sees the face-off between Rajasthan and Kolkata in Dubai. Both these teams are still alive in the tournament and need a win to stay in contention. Smith's men were in top form against Punjab courtesy another special knock from Ben Stokes as they defeated Rahul’s men by 7 wickets. They are looking in good form and would hope that they continue the momentum and give themselves the best chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Kolkata, on the other hand, are on a 2-match losing run and cannot afford any more slip-ups. In the game against Chennai, their bowling came into question as they failed to defend a decent score and now need to win and hope that the other results go their way in order to stay alive. Who will come out on top in this do-or-die encounter?

Kolkata Knight Riders Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,Nitish Rana,Rahul Tripathi,Rinku Singh,Shubman Gill,Siddhesh Lad,Tom Banton,Andre Russell,Sunil Narine,Dinesh Karthik,Nikhil Naik,Tim Seifert,Chris Green,Kamlesh Nagarkoti,Kuldeep Yadav,Lockie Ferguson,Manimaran Siddharth,Pat Cummins,Prasidh Krishna,Sandeep Warrier,Shivam Mavi,Varun Chakravarthy

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -Aniruddha Joshi,David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shashank Singh,Tom Curran,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Shreyas Gopal,Varun Aaron