Indian Premier League 2020 -   54th Match |  RR  vs  KKR
RR vs KKR 54th Match, IPL 2020
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RR
131-920.0
KKR
20.0 191-7
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KKR won by 60 Runs
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RR
131-920.0
KKR won by 60 Runs
KKR
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20.0191-7
CRR : 6.55
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It was a pleasure bringing you updates from this match. I Akshay Bhide, along with my co-commentator AryaSekhar Chakraborty take your leave. Do join us tomorrow for an exciting match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, as the winner of this game will finish in Top-2. Until then Good Bye. Ta ta.
What a day we had heading towards playoffs. Two teams (KXIP and RR) have been knocked out of the tournament, one team (CSK) was out of the competition but managed to end on a winning note and the other team (KKR) will play the wait and watch game. Don’t be surprised if you see KKR fans donning the MI jersey in the next couple of days. This is the beauty of this competition.
Pat Cummins, Man of the Match: (On going 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.
Pat Cummins is awarded the Man of the Match award for his opening burst with the new ball in the PowerPlay, He's figures read 4-0-34-4.
Eoin Morgan: I thought it was around a par score. Every batsman who came back in and said that it was a beautiful wicket with the dew in. We lost wickets between 10th and 15th overs, and to finish like we did was really good. We were out there to be play a free-flowing style of cricket. That was the only way we were going to win. Especially with the dew factor expected anyways, irrespective of when it came. Bringing out Dre Russ in meant that it took the conditions out of the equation. We backed the guys to take a bit of risk even if it wasn't there. That was one thing we talked about, leading into this game. We felt that a hard length or a good length was the best spot to bowl. We tried to execute that in the first six overs and I thought Mavi was outstanding. Obviously Pat set the tone early on. Winning the game was about taking wickets, especially early. RR are a side that are top-heavy and you need to get them early. Having that aggressive mindset was important for us. Yes, I was aware of the numbers (about net run rate) but you need to first get yourself into a winning position. I don't think we could have done anything more today. So whatever happens from here is upto the Gods.
Andre Russell: It's a good feeling to be back on the field. It's been a tough two weeks doing rehab three times a day, was a bit painful. But, I'm happy that I'm back. It's a grade two hamstring tear which usually takes 8 weeks to heal. The scan was very ugly. With KKR physio and doctors around me, it helped. When it (hamstring) is feeling good, that's when it's healing. We have a good bowling (attack), so I can chip in with the yorkers at the death, but for now I'm going to take one game at a time. As soon as I sweat and my blood's getting hot, I'm getting out. We were waiting for the cricket gods to work things out for us. I watch each and every game. We play against each other, two games against the same team in a season. So, I watch on the phone what the bowlers do and the batters do.
Steve Smith: We thought 180 was par. But losing four in the first four didn't help. He (Cummins) bowled nice lengths and made us play big shots. Unfortunately we are at the wrong end of the result. We started well with two wins, we won two before this one but we were inconsistent in the middle we didn't take enough responsibility. Couple of positives for us, Jofra has played exceptionally well for us. Tewatia pulled a few out of the hat for us, bowled exceptionally well through the tournament as well. You need to win those you should win. The BCCI and everyone involved to get this tournament up and running have done a fantastic. Hope we were able to put few smile on people's faces, especially in India where it's been tough.
Earlier in the day, Smith won the toss and opted to bowl first. Archer dismissed Rana for a golden duck in the very first over. But Gill and Tripathi stitched a very good partnership for the second wicket. They put on 72 between them until Gill departed in the 9th over. Narine was dismissed in the same over by Tewatia. Tripathi and DK were dismissed in the space of 4 balls and suddenly they were in a spot of bother. Dre Russ provided some lusty blows until he was dismissed by Tyagi in the 16th over. It was down to Captain Morgan to finish things on a high and he didn’t disappoint. Some excellent strokeplay was on display from him. The late assault from him powered KKR to 191 in their 20 overs. He remained unbeaten on 68 of 35 balls comprising of 5 fours and 6 maximums. In the end this proved to be the difference between the two sides.
The chase began on a positive note for Royals. Cummins was belted for 19 runs in the first over until Uthappa was dismissed of the final delivery. He was quickly in the wickets dismissing Stokes and Smith in the 3rd over. DK behind the stumps flew to his left to take a screamer of Stokes’ bat. Samson departed playing a loose shot in the next over to Mavi and Cummins dismissed Parag for a duck. The Royals didn’t recovered from the early blows and it was left too much to do for batsmen down the order. Buttler and Tewatia tried to build a partnership but Buttler was dismissed in the 11th over and it was matter of time until KKR wrapped up the game. Royals crawled their way forward and ended their innings on 131/9 . Pat Cummins picked up 4 wickets in the PowerPlay that broke the back of Royals’ batting. He picked wickets of Uthappa, Stokes, Smith and Parag. Varun Chakravarthy too chipped in with 2 wickets. A clinical performance throughout and Morgan will be very happy with how things have gone today.
191 proved to be too big for Royals batsmen as the chase never got going. The bowlers were phenomenal tonight especially Cummins with the new ball in the PowerPlay. The spinners too controlled the innings in the middle overs and the Royals fell short by 60 runs in the end. Morgan was brilliant with his bowling changes and they will be hoping to finish in top-4.
KKR beat RR by 60 runs and knock Royals out of the competition. Royals finish last on the points table due to this heavy loss, below CSK. A clinical performance by KKR see them re-enter the top 4 with 14 points and they will be hoping for MI to come out on top against SRH on Tuesday.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti
1-24(4.0)
OVER 20.0
wd
1
0
0
0
0
0
Varun Aaron
0(8)
Shreyas Gopal
23(23)
19.6 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron
0 So that's it, another dot to finish, gets it past the outside edge of Aaron's bat
19.5 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron
0 Dot, bangs this short Nagarkoti, Aaron goes for a pull but misses, a sad end to Rajasthan Royals' hopes
19.4 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron
0 Dot, back of a length and Aaron hits this straight to the covers
19.3 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron
0 Dot, well directed short ball from Nagarkoti, had Aaron in trouble, hits him on the gloves down the point fielder but no damage done
19.2 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Varun Aaron
0 Dot, back of a length on the legs, Aaron taps this back to the bowler
19.1 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal
1 One, back of a length, Gopal slashes it down the deep point region and takes a single
19.1 Kamlesh Nagarkoti to Shreyas Gopal
WD WIDE down the leg side and Nagarkoti has to reload that
Shivam Mavi
2-15(4.0)
OVER 19.0
1
1
W
0
0
0
Varun Aaron
0(3)
Shreyas Gopal
22(22)
Series So Far

Man of the Match

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins

Kolkata Knight Riders