Indian Premier League, 2020

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 12

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 30 September 2020

Rajasthan Royals 137/9

RR: 6.85 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jos Buttler c Varun Chakravarthy & b Shivam Mavi c Varun Chakravarthy & b Shivam Mavi 211612
Steven Smith c Dinesh Karthik (C) (W) & b Pat Cummins c Dinesh Karthik (C) (W) & b Pat Cummins 3700
Sanju Samson c Sunil Narine & b Shivam Mavi c Sunil Narine & b Shivam Mavi 8910
Robin Uthappa c Shivam Mavi & b Kamlesh Nagarkoti c Shivam Mavi & b Kamlesh Nagarkoti 2700
Riyan Parag c Shubman Gill & b Kamlesh Nagarkoti c Shubman Gill & b Kamlesh Nagarkoti 1600
Rahul Tewatia bowled Varun Chakravarthy bowled Varun Chakravarthy 141001
Tom Curran not out not out 543623
Shreyas Gopal c Dinesh Karthik (C) (W) & b Sunil Narine c Dinesh Karthik (C) (W) & b Sunil Narine 5700
Jofra Archer c Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Varun Chakravarthy c Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Varun Chakravarthy 6401
Jaydev Unadkat c Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Kuldeep Yadav c Kamlesh Nagarkoti & b Kuldeep Yadav 91300
Ankit Rajpoot not out not out 7501
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 6, w 1, nb 0)
Total 137 (9 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
15-1 (Steven Smith,2), 30-2 (Sanju Samson,4.1), 39-3 (Jos Buttler,6.1), 41-4 (Robin Uthappa,7.1), 42-5 (Riyan Parag,7.4), 66-6 (Rahul Tewatia,10.5), 81-7 (Shreyas Gopal,13.5), 88-8 (Jofra Archer,14.4), 106-9 (Jaydev Unadkat,18),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sunil Narine4 0 40 1 10.00
Pat Cummins3 0 13 1 4.33
Shivam Mavi4 0 20 2 5.00
Kamlesh Nagarkoti2 0 13 2 6.50
Varun Chakravarthy4 0 25 2 6.25
Kuldeep Yadav3 0 20 1 6.67
Shubman Gill 0 0 0 0 0
Nitish Rana 0 0 0 0 0
Eoin Morgan 0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik 0 0 0 0 0
Andre Russell 0 0 0 0 0

So, that's it from this match and what a hammering for Rajasthan, in the end. Match 13 sees Mumbai take on Punjab and that is happening on Thursday, 01 October 2020 at 1800 Local (1400 GMT). We hope to have your company and until then, take care and goodnight.

Shivam Mavi is named the Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling display. Mavi says that after looking at the wicket he realized there was seam movement and so he focused on bowling the right line and length. Tells he initially thought it would be a flat wicket but then he realized it was seaming. Tells that he has played in such conditions and that he stuck to his line and length, as the ball was not coming onto the bat.

Dinesh Karthik, the victorious Kolkata skipper, says that it was a good game and a happy game but feels there are a few areas to work on. Says that there were a lot of things that satisfied them. Admits Archer bowled well and it was not an easy wicket to bat on but feels a few guys made it look easy. Says that the boys have had a hard journey when not playing and says that it was really special to see them perform. Karthik says that they would have batted first had they won the toss as they felt putting runs on the board was to go in this wicket.

One of the stars of the night for Kolkata, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, is caught down for a chat. Nagarkoti says that the situation was a bit in their favour and he just bowled to his plans and executed it well. Nagarkoti thanks his family and the support staff for their support during the tough time. Tells a lot of people supported him during his journey. Tells it is a nice experience to learn from Cummins who is experienced.

Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith, says that it did not quite go to plan but feels it happens in this format and says there are a few areas to improve. Tells Kolkata like to chase and tells the plan was to put pressure on Kolkata's death bowling. But Rajasthan lost wickets early and batted like they did in Sharjah. Admits they did not quite adapt to the dimensions and the wicket and rues the dropped chances. Smith says that there is a possibility that they will change the combination when playing in different conditions. Smiles and tells that it was not much of a battle tonight against Cummins as he got out early.

Earlier after winning the toss, Rajasthan opted to chase. They managed to take 6 wickets but the Kolkata batters scored well and took their total past a competitive 170. And that proved to be more than sufficient to see themselves home. Stay tuned for the presentations.

Well, the rampaging Rajasthan have been handed their first defeat in this edition. The bigger they are the mightier the fall they say and given how Rajasthan looked in the two games, the adage seems apt. They lost their skipper early and Samson followed suit soon as well. Given the way these two shouldered the batting earlier, one would reckon it was almost done and dusted for Rajasthan. And that proved to be right as a flurry of wickets kept falling at regular intervals, including the dangerous Tewatia. Curran was the one-man army for them but in the end, the target was beyond reach and wickets kept tumbling at the other end. So, the Men in Pink have been halted in their tracks by a professional Kolkata.

Kolkata's bowling was exceptional. Everyone scripted their names in the wicket board. Everyone, with the sole exception of Narine was economical in their overs as well. Cummins got Karthik's side the first breakthrough and from there it was Kolkata all the way. They let nobody put up a fight. Curran was the lone batter standing but Kolkata kept plucking wickets and made Curran's impact negligible.

Shah Rukh Khan, Kolkata's owner, is a very happy man as he applauds his team's effort in the stands. It is a comprehensive win for Kolkata, against a side which has looked very threatening in their two games earlier. Dinesh Karthik would be very happy with his side's efforts today.

19.6
4
K Yadav to Tom Curran, FOUR! Curran finishes the game with a boundary but to no avail. Tossed up outside off, Curran comes down the track and hits it over covers for a boundary. KOLKATA WIN BY 37 RUNS!
19.5
1
K Yadav to A Rajpoot, Floated on middle, Rajpoot plays it to long on and gets a single.
19.4
0
K Yadav to A Rajpoot, Short and spinning in. Rajpoot looks to play but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
19.3
6
K Yadav to A Rajpoot, SIX! Just over! Flighted on middle, Rajpoot hits it over the bowler's head and gets enough to send it over the ropes.
19.2
0
K Yadav to A Rajpoot, Wrong 'un which is slower in the air outside off. Rajpoot looks to play but misses.
19.1
0
K Yadav to A Rajpoot, Tossed up outside off, Rajpoot swings but misses.
18.6
6
S Narine to Tom Curran, SIX! FIFTY FOR CURRAN! The only ray of shinning light with the bat for Rajasthan in this innings. Short on middle, Curran pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
18.5
6
S Narine to Tom Curran, SIX! SMOKED! Tom moves t with this biggie. Tossed up on middle and off, Curran tonks it straight down the ground for a biggie.
18.4
2
S Narine to Tom Curran, Tossed up on off, Curran comes down the track and chips it over mid off for a couple.
18.3
0
S Narine to Tom Curran, Punched off the backfoot by the batsman.
18.2
0
S Narine to Tom Curran, Short on middle, Tom pulls but does not take a single.
18.1
6
S Narine to Tom Curran, SIX! Short on middle and leg, Curran flat-bats it over wide long on for a biggie.
17.6
0
K Yadav to J Unadkat, OUT! CAUGHT! It was not conclusive whether the ball hit the fibre cable or not and in the end the umpire has decided to signal it as OUT! Another fine catch from Kamlesh Nagarkotti and Kuldeep gets into the wicket column. Short on middle, Unadkat goes on his back foot and smashes his pull. He connects well but it is not well enough as it goes to the right of deep mid-wicket where Nagarkotti takes a god catch running behind.

Has the ball hit the cable? If yes then it will be a very lucky survival for Unadkat.

17.5
1
K Yadav to Tom Curran, Tossed up on middle, Unadkat plays it to long on and gets to the other end.
17.4
1
K Yadav to J Unadkat, On off and middle, Unadkat milks it to long on and rotates the strike.
17.3
0
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Short and slow on off and middle. Unadkat looks to punch it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
17.2
0
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Tossed up on middle, Unadkat pushes it to Morgan at extra cover.
17.1
1
K Yadav to Tom Curran, Loopy ball on middle, Curran hits it to deep mid-wicket for one.
16.6
1
V Chakravarthy to Tom Curran, Tossed up on off, Curran hits it hard to long on for a single. Good day at the office for Chakravarthy, like many of his colleagues. He finishes with 2/25 from his 4!
16.5
1
V Chakravarthy to J Unadkat, Floated on off, Jaydev paddles it to the on side and gets to the other end.
16.4
2
V Chakravarthy to J Unadkat, Tossed up around off, Unadkat drives it through covers and gets two to bring up 100 for Rajasthan.
16.3
1
V Chakravarthy to Tom Curran, Short again outside off. Curran comes inside his stumps and pulls it behind square leg for one.
16.2
1
V Chakravarthy to J Unadkat, Short around off, Unadkat gets down on his knee and then punches it to the off side for one.
16.1
0
V Chakravarthy to J Unadkat, Floated on middle, Unadkat pushes it to mid on off the inner half of his bat.
15.6
2
K Yadav to Tom Curran, Flighted on off, Curran drives it towards sweeper cover and gets two to end the over.
15.5
0
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Floated on the pads, Unadkat looks to sweep but the ball lobs to the off side of his pad and they take a leg bye.
15.4
0
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Tossed up around off, Unadkat looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat to the leg side.
15.3
2
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Googly on middle and off, Unadkat manages to somehow sweep it to fine leg for a brace.
15.2
1
K Yadav to Tom Curran, Tossed up on middle, Curran milks it to long on and gets to the other end.
15.1
1
K Yadav to J Unadkat, Kuldeep starts with a floated delivery on middle and leg, Unadkat plays it with the spin to long on for one.

DRINKS! Well more of a formality this. Nothing to strategize for Rajasthan. No Tewatia to save them this time as he departed a long time ago. Only thing Rajasthan would focus on now is to keep the margin of defeat low, from a morale perspective. Kuldeep Yadav in the attack now.

14.6
1
V Chakravarthy to J Unadkat, Floated on off, Jaydev Unadkat defends it with soft hands to the off side and keeps the strike.
14.5
1
V Chakravarthy to Tom Curran, Short around off, Curran punches it to the off side and gets a single.

Jaydev Unadkat walks out to the middle now.

14.4
0
V Chakravarthy to J Archer, OUT! CAUGHT! WHAT A CATCH! Nagarkoti you young beauty! He is repaying Kolkata for all the trust they showed him throughout his tough injury spells here. Tossed up ball on middle and off, Archer looks to go downtown again but this time the ball is slower and he mistimes it. It goes high in the air between long on and long off. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi come from either position. Nagarkotti calls for the catch and he keeps his eyes on the ball. Kamlesh dives and takes a stunning catch to send Archer backpacking back to the dugout.
14.3
0
V Chakravarthy to J Archer, Beautiful delivery from Varun to comeback! Floated on off, it turns back in. Archer looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the back pad.
14.2
6
V Chakravarthy to J Archer, SIX! Archer goes downtown and gets half a dozen! Tossed up outside off, Jofra frees his arms and smashes it over long off for a biggie.
14.1
1
V Chakravarthy to Tom Curran, Short outside off, Curran punches it to cover for a single.
13.6
0
S Narine to J Archer, On the shorter side on top of the off stump, Archer blocks it back on the pitch. 94 needed in 36.

Jofra Archer had a good time with the ball now he comes out to do a job with the willow in hand.

The Indian T20 League has been serving us with cracking games so far and we hope that Match 12 between Rajasthan and Kolkata stands up tall and delivers just like the previous games. Rajasthan, contrary to the predictions by the experts and fans before the start of the tournament, have been absolutely phenomenal since the start of the tourney and have not lost a game so far. In their previous game, they recorded the highest ever run chase in the history of the Indian T20 League and they will be high on confidence heading into their game against Kolkata. The positive thing for them has been that their major performers have not been their overseas players but Indian players like Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia, while Steven Smith and Jofra Archer have also been very good and have performed well. Their middle order is still a question hanging as there is not enough firing power there. Their bowling too, has not been in top form and they might look to shuffle some things around in that department. Kolkata, on the other hand, got their first win of the campaign against Hyderabad. Shubman Gill showed us yet again how good he can be, Morgan partnered him well too. Dinesh Karthik looks out of sorts and he will have to work on his batting heading into the deeper stages of the tournament. Nitish Rana had a short cameo and was looking explosive. The inclusion of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy was a gold move as it immediately made the team look better. Another positive for Kolkata was that Russell bowled two overs and also scalped a wicket. Kolkata bowled much better in the previous game as compared to their first game and their marquee signing, Pat Cummins also looked in good touch. All in all, this looks like an even contest but with the confidence of Rajasthan heading into this game, this contest might be tilted in their favor.

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

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