Indian Premier League, 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 54

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 07 October 2021

Rajasthan Royals 85/10

RR: 5.26 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs

commentary

Right then! That is all we have from this game. Now, we have two more league games remaining and both of them will be played simultaneously. On 8th October, Delhi will take on Bangalore and Mumbai will face Hyderabad. Both the games will be at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). So, join us for that. Goodbye for now!

Shivam Mavi, the Man of the Match, says that he is feeling really good that he could perform so well on the big stage. Adds that his plan was to bowl at the stumps and not give any room. States that when he was playing U-19 cricket, they needed to keep on learning and he has learned when to use slower balls and when to use the yorkers. Adds that he loved taking the wicket of Shivam Dube. Tells that they did whatever was in their hands.

Eoin Morgan, the skipper of Kolkata is down for a chat. Says that batting first on this wicket and setting a total was tough but Iyer and Gill batted brilliantly to take them to a big score. Adds that going too hard too early on these pitches is not the ideal thing and you have to time your aggression well. Mentions that having Shakib Al Hasan in the side has made replacing Russell easy. Informs that they hope that they are taking it day by day with Russell and hope that he recovers soon. Finishes by saying that they have played very well and have deserved to win.

Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony to find out who the Player of the Match is. 

Sanju Samson, the Rajasthan skipper, says that it was a better wicket to bat on. Adds that it was staying low but it definitely was better and 170 was chaseable on this. Tells that they could have done much better with the bat. States that they wanted to get a good start and they wanted a powerful Powerplay but they could not execute it. Says that they have been facing a lot of challenges but they showed character throughout the season and they wanted to show passion. Adds that missing key players was challenging but they were positive about it. Adds that captaincy changed the way he looks at his batting and he realized that if he got out, what would happen to his team and that helped him get more runs.

Lockie Ferguson is down for a chat. He says that the hamstring is fine now. Adds that he had fun bowling on this wicket and looked to bowl on a good length. Credits the batters for the way they batted and got a good score on the board. Informs that the medical team made sure that he recovered from the injury. Credits Mavi for the way he bowled in this game and says that he is an impressive young bowler.

Earlier in the game, Shubman Gill batted brilliantly for Kolkata and made sure that they got a very big total on the board. Kolkata got 171 runs and on a slow pitch, it was too big for Rajasthan to get to that total. A brilliant victory for Kolkata and a disappointing show by Rajasthan in their final game of the season. 

Not much to talk about Rajasthan's batting. They needed a strong start at the top but that did not happen. Instead, their top order was folded and they were way behind the curve. Rahul Tewatia hit a few blows but that was never going to be enough for them to even get close to the total. It was a very poor show from them and this is not something that they would have wanted in their last game of the season. Their show against Mumbai in the previous game too was very poor and Rajasthan would be very disappointed.

Kolkata had a very good total on the board and they bowled really well to defend it. It was a team performance by them and everyone contributed well. Shakib Al Hasan took a wicket at the top and set the tone. Then, Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson demolished the middle order of Rajasthan and put them in firm control of the game. Varun Chakravarthy got the wicket of Chris Morris and all the recognized batters of Rajasthan were back in the hut. Shivam Mavi took 4 wickets while Lockie Ferguson took 3. The spin of Varun Chakravarthy and Shakib Al Hasan got a wicket each and it was a team show by them.

A brilliant victory for Kolkata and this is just what they needed! With this win, they would most likely be the fourth team to make it to the playoffs. Mumbai can still qualify but they would need a massive win against Hyderabad in their last game. As for Rajasthan, this ends the season for them and they would be disappointed with their last couple of games.

16.1
0
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Mavi finishes the game off with a 4-fer! His best figures in the Indian T20 League! Good-length ball outside off, Tewatia looks to swing it away but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. KOLKATA WIN BY 86 RUNS.

Change. Shivam Mavi (3-0-21-3) to bowl out.

15.6
0
Sunil Narine to Mustafizur Rahman, Outside off, left alone.
15.5
0
Sunil Narine to Mustafizur Rahman, BEATEN! Tossed up outside off, Rahman looks to defend but misses.
15.4
0
Sunil Narine to Mustafizur Rahman, Flatter ball on middle, Rahman defends it onto the pitch.
15.3
1
Sunil Narine to Rahul Tewatia, OUT! RUN OUT! Sakariya has been dismissed via a run out! Rajasthan lose their 9th wicket. Tossed up on middle, Tewatia looks to sweep but it goes off the top edge to deep square leg. Tewatia wants two initially and calls for it but then he sees the fielder coming in quickly and sends Sakariya back. Shakib Al Hasan collects and throws it to Dinesh Karthik who whips the bails off. Sakariya is well short despite the desperate dive.

Strategic Time-Out! Well, the game is pretty much done and dusted. The only thing that Tewatia can do now is put on a show for the viewers and dent the NRR of Kolkata a bit. Mustafizur Rahman joins him in the middle.

15.2
0
Sunil Narine to Rahul Tewatia, On off, defended back to the bowler.
15.1
0
Sunil Narine to Chetan Sakariya, BYE! Tossed up outside off, Sakariya looks to drive but misses. The keeper misses it and the batters collect a bye.

Sunil Narine is back on.

14.6
4
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! Good-length ball outside off, Tewatia slashes it over point. Gill runs across to stop but just as he gets up to collect the ball, he touches the ropes. A boundary signaled.
14.5
2
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Short ball on middle, Tewatia pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
14.4
2
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Full ball on off, Tewatia lifts it over mid off for a couple of runs.
14.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, On middle, defended out.
14.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Full ball down the leg side, Tewatia looks to paddle but misses. Tewatia wants a wide but the umpire does not agree.
14.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Full ball on off, Tewatia drives it to mid off.

Lockie Ferguson (3-0-10-3) to bowl out now.

13.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Chetan Sakariya, Full on off, Chetan defends it back to the bowler.

Well, we have a change in the field for the last ball. A slip and short leg come in place.

13.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Flatter ball on off, Tewatia works it down to long on for one.
13.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Loopy ball on off, Rahul pushes it to cover-point.
13.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Quicker ball on off, Tewatia defends it out.
13.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Floated on off, Rahul defends it to point.
13.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Flighted ball on middle, Tewatia reverse-sweeps it to deep point. Turns down the single.
12.6
0
Sunil Narine to Chetan Sakariya, Flatter ball outside off, Sakariya pads it away.
12.5
0
Sunil Narine to Chetan Sakariya, On off, defended out.
12.4
1
Sunil Narine to Rahul Tewatia, Floated ball outside off, Tewatia chips it over the bowler's head for a single.
12.3
0
Sunil Narine to Rahul Tewatia, Very full on middle, Tewatia digs it out to mid on.
12.2
6
Sunil Narine to Rahul Tewatia, SIX! Smacked! Floated ball outside off, Tewatia goes down on his knees and slogs it over deep square leg for a maximum.
12.1
1
Sunil Narine to Chetan Sakariya, Flatter ball down the leg side, Sakariya flicks it to fine leg for one.

Sunil Narine (2-0-21-0) comes back on.

11.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Good-length ball outside off, Tewatia looks to run it down to third man but misses.
11.5
4
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! What a shot! Shortish ball outside off, Tewatia plays it through extra cover for a boundary.
11.4
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, On a length on middle, Good-length ball on middle, Tewatia flicks it to deep mid-wicket but does not take the run.
11.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Rahul Tewatia, Good-length ball outside off, Tewatia runs it down to third man and refuses the single.

Chetan Sakariya is the next man in.

11.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Jaydev Unadkat, OUT! TAKEN! It is all too easy for Kolkata at the moment! Length ball, on off. Jaydev Unadkat goes for the slog but gets the leading edge. The ball goes in the air to deep cover and Shakib Al Hasan takes it with ease.
11.1
4
Lockie Ferguson to Jaydev Unadkat, FOUR! Smacked! Length ball, on off. Jaydev Unadkat hits it over mid off for a boundary.

Lockie Ferguson is back on. 2-0-2-2 are his numbers so far.

10.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Shorter ball, outside off. Punched away to short cover.
10.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Jaydev Unadkat, Flatter ball, outside off. Jaydev Unadkat cuts it to deep point for one.
10.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Jaydev Unadkat, Loopy ball, on off. Hit hard to short cover.
10.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Darted on the pads. Tewatia works it past mid-wicket for one.
10.2
6
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, SIX! Smacked! Tossed up, on leg. Tewatia gets low and sweeps it over the square leg fence.
10.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Jaydev Unadkat, Flatter ball, on leg. Worked to fine leg for one.
9.6
2
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, Back of a length ball outside off, Tewatia punches it through the cover region for a couple.
9.5
4
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Full on the pads, Tewatia flicks it to fine leg. Narine comes across but misfields and concedes a boundary.
9.4
0
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, Full on middle, Tewatia flicks it to mid-wicket.
9.3
4
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! In the air but safe! Good-length ball outside off, Tewatia cuts it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.
9.2
4
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! Wonderful shot! Full ball outside off, Tewatia drives it through extra cover for a boundary.
9.1
0
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, Full ball on off, Tewatia pushes it to cover.

Jaydev Unadkat walks out to bat now.

8.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Chris Morris, OUT! LBW! Morris too goes and Chakravarthy too goes into the wickets column. Full on middle, Morris looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal and up goes the finger in flash. Rajasthan have completely made a mess of this chase.
8.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Chris Morris, An appeal for LBW turned down! Floated ball around off, Morris looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but the umpire says no.
8.4
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Full on off, Tewatia pushes it to long off for a single.
8.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, BEATEN! This is nicely bowled! Tossed up outside off, Tewatia looks to defend but misses.
8.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Flatter ball outside off, cut to point.
8.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Rahul Tewatia, Loopy ball on middle, Tewatia defends it out.

Who will bat now? Chris Morris walks out to bat. Also, Varun Chakravarthy (1-0-3-0) is back on.

7.6
0
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, OUT! TIMBER! Another one bites the dust! Kolkata are all over Rajasthan and this looks like it will be over in a flash! Good-length ball on middle, Dube looks to flick but it goes off the pads and it hits the off stump. 34 for 6 are Rajasthan.
7.5
1
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, Full ball on middle, Tewatia flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
7.4
0
Shivam Mavi to Rahul Tewatia, Good-length ball on middle, Tewatia defends it back to the bowler. No run.

Strategic Time-Out! Well, Kolkata would need to bowl terribly from here to lose the game. They have the game in their firm control and should win this with ease. It has been a tough game for Rajasthan. They would need a miracle to win it from here. Rahul Tewatia is the next batter.

7.3
0
Shivam Mavi to Glenn Phillips, OUT! TIMBER! Shivam Mavi takes another and Rajasthan contiune to plummet into the abyss! Good-length ball around off, Phillips stays back and looks to defend but it beats the outside edge and it hits the timber.
7.2
2
Shivam Mavi to Glenn Phillips, Full outside off, Glenn drives it to deep cover for a couple of runs.
7.1
1
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, Full ball on off, Dube looks to flick but gets an inside edge, hits the pads and it goes to the off side for one.

Change. Shivam Mavi (1-0-3-1) is back on.

6.6
0
Sunil Narine to Glenn Phillips, Flatter ball on the pads, Phillips looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
6.5
6
Sunil Narine to Glenn Phillips, SIX! Hammered! Tossed up on off, Phillips whacks it over long off for a biggie.
6.4
0
Sunil Narine to Glenn Phillips, Flatter ball outside off, punched to cover.
6.3
1
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, Short ball on off, Dube pulls it to long on for a single.
6.2
0
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
6.1
6
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, SIX! Finally Dube gets one! Loopy ball on middle, Dube uses his feet and then lifts it over long on for a biggie.
5.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, End of the Powerplay! Full ball on off, Phillips drives it to mid off. Rajasthan are 17 for 4.
5.5
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, That was a pacy delivery! Back of a length ball outside off, Phillips looks to punch it off the back foot but misses.
5.4
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, Outside off, pushed to cover.
5.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, Good-length ball outside off, Phillips punches it to cover.
5.2
1
Lockie Ferguson to Shivam Dube, Full ball outside off, Dube pushes it to deep cover for a single.
5.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Shivam Dube, Good-length ball around off, Dube looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Glenn Phillips, Flatter ball, on the pads. Tucked to mid-wicket.
4.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Shivam Dube, Darted on the pads. Tucked to deep mid-wicket for one.
4.4
2
Varun Chakravarthy to Shivam Dube, Flatter ball, outside off. Dube looks to drive but gets the outside edge. The man at short third man dives and gets his hands to the ball. It rolls away and the batters take a couple.
4.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Shivam Dube, Shorter ball, outside off. Dube cuts it to backward point.
4.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Shivam Dube, Tossed up, on off. Blocked to mid on.
4.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Shivam Dube, Loopy ball, on off. Dube looks to block but gets the inside edge to mid-wicket.

Varun Chakravarthy is into the attack.

3.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, Length ball, on off. Glenn Phillips looks to block but gets the inside edge on the pads. Lockie Ferguson puts in an appeal but he is the only one.
3.5
0
Lockie Ferguson to Glenn Phillips, Back of a length, around off. Blocked out.

Glenn Phillips is the next man in.

Review time! Anuj Rawat has been given out LBW. It looks plumb but he has decided to take the review. The UltraEdge shows no bat while the Ball Tracker shows all reds.

3.4
0
Lockie Ferguson to Anuj Rawat, OUT! LBW! That was a review taken in hope! Length ball, lands on off and stays a bit low. Rawat looks to block but gets on the pads. The umpire has no doubt in his mind and raises the finger. To be honest, this looks dead straight. Dube has a word with Rawat and the latter decides to review it. There is no bat on it and it is absolutely plumb!
3.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Shivam Dube, Short of a length, on leg. Dube works it past short fine leg. The batters take one.

Anuj Rawat is in now. 

3.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Liam Livingstone, OUT! TAKEN! A wonderful catch by Rahul Tripathi! Short ball, on leg. Liam Livingstone takes a step down the track to pull it. But he is hurried by the pace of the ball and gets the top edge. The ball goes in the air to deep square leg. Rahul Tripathi runs in from the deep, he slides forward and takes a very good catch! Kolkata are all over Rajasthan at this moment!
3.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Liam Livingstone, Beaten! Liam Livingstone gets a length ball, just outside off. He looks to block but the ball zips past the outside edge.

Lockie Ferguson is into the attack now.

2.6
0
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, Darted on the pads. Dube looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads and rolls away to the leg side.
2.5
1
Sunil Narine to Liam Livingstone, Loopy ball, on middle. Liam Livingstone clips it past square leg for one.
2.4
1
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, Flatter ball, on off. Pushed to mid on for one.
2.3
1
Sunil Narine to Liam Livingstone, Flatter ball, outside off. Punched to covers. The fielder gets to his right and keeps it to one. Mavi has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Livingstone knows that he was a goner if that had hit.
2.2
4
Sunil Narine to Liam Livingstone, FOUR! Hit hard! Shorter ball, outside off. Liam Livingstone cuts it past point for a boundary.
2.1
1
Sunil Narine to Shivam Dube, Flatter ball, on off. Pushed past mid-wicket for one.

Sunil Narine is into the attack.

1.6
0
Shivam Mavi to Liam Livingstone, Full ball, on middle. Liam Livingstone comes down the track and looks to flick. But he misses and gets hit on the pads. Mavi appeals but the umpire says no. Livingstone was way down the pitch.
1.5
1
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, Short of a length, on leg. Dube flicks it past square leg for one.
1.4
0
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, Length ball, on the pads. Dube misses the flick and gets hit on the pads.
1.3
0
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
1.2
2
Shivam Mavi to Shivam Dube, Length ball, on off. Dube punches it past covers. The fielder chases it, dives and keeps it to a couple.

Shivam Dube comes out to bat. 

1.1
0
Shivam Mavi to Sanju Samson, OUT! TAKEN! Kolkata are well and truly on top here as Samson departs! Length ball, on off. He flicks it in the air. Eoin Morgan dives to his right at short mid-wicket and takes the catch. The scorecard looks like one for a football match currently!

Who will bowl from the other end? Shivam Mavi it is. 

0.6
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Sanju Samson, Just a single and a wicket from the over! Darted on the pads. Sanju Samson works it to long on for one.
0.5
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Sanju Samson, Flatter ball, on off. Sanju Samson punches it to cover.
0.4
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Sanju Samson, Tossed up, on off. Blocked out.

Sanju Samson is the next man in.

0.3
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Yashasvi Jaiswal, OUT! BOWLED! Shakib Al Hasan strikes in the first over! Flatter ball, on off. Yashasvi Jaiswal looks to reverse sweep but misses. The ball hits the off pole and Rajasthan are off to a poor start. Great start for Kolkata and they would want to continue.
0.2
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Darted on the pads. Tucked to mid on.
0.1
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tossed up, outside off. Yashasvi Jaiswal looks to deposit it in the stand but misses. Karthik fails to hold onto the ball but there was no edge on it.