KKR has now tried five different opening pairs in ten matches this campaign.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finally got back to winning ways after losing five successive matches as the two-time champions defeated one of the in-form teams in the tournament, Rajasthan Royals (RR), by seven wickets in Match 47 of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowler yet again for KKR as he conceded just 24 runs for one wicket in his four-overs spell. In the run-chase, Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh both guided their team to a victory with their respective unbeaten 40s.
Speaking about how the match went by, Shreyas Iyer won the toss and KKR opted to field first. Sanju Samson’s woes at the toss continued as he lost his ninth toss in ten games. The Knight Riders made two changes with Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi replacing Venkatesh Iyer and Harshit Rana respectively. RR made one change with Kiwi Daryl Mitchell making way for Karun Nair.
The man in golden form, Jos Buttler made 22 off 25 deliveries while Devdutt Padikkal’s poor run extended as he managed to score just two runs. Skipper Samson led his side from the front as he smashed a half-century. He amassed 54 off 49 balls with seven fours and a six with Shimron Hetmyer again doing the damage in the death-overs. The West Indian remained unbeaten on 27 runs off 13 balls with one four and two maximums to take RR’s total to 152/5 in 20 overs.
Chasing 153 to seal a victory, KKR began their innings with another new opening pair of Baba Indrajith and Aaron Finch. The latter was bowled by Kuldeep Sen for just four runs while wicketkeeper batter Indrajith made 15 runs. Captain Shreyas played an useful innings of 34 runs but it was Rana and Rinku who sealed the deal. Left-handed batter Rana scored 48* off 37 deliveries while Rinku scored 42* off just 23 balls with six fours and a six.
With this win, KKR reached eight points and are now seventh in the table while RR with 12 points occupy the third spot. For two catches and a quickfire innings that turned the match in the Knight Rider’s way, Rinku Singh won the Player of the Match award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers ahead of Match 47 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2022:
50 – Shimron Hetmyer completed 50 maximums in the IPL.
1 – First time in ten innings, Sanju Samson faced more than 30 balls in an innings this IPL season. Previously, he faced 27 balls in RR’s opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
20 – KKR have now used 20 players in this IPL campaign which is the most by any team. Mumbai Indians are in the second spot for using 19 players.
16 – Samson equaled Shane Watson (16) and both are now joint-third for hitting the most 50-plus scores (16) for RR in the IPL. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler are in the top two for 19 and 17 such scores respectively.
9 – Samson has lost nine and won just one toss in IPL 2022.
42* – Rinku Singh registered his highest score of 42* in his 11th IPL innings. His previous best was 35 against Gujarat Titans this season itself.
185 – Shimron Hetmyer has scored 185 runs in 86 deliveries at a strike rate of 215.11 in the last four overs this season which is the most by any player. Dinesh Karthik is in the second spot for scoring 150 runs.
53 – Umesh Yadav equalled Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma (53) and all three are now joint top for taking most wickets (53) in the powerplay in the IPL.
2 – Shreyas Iyer and Lucknow Super Giants’ Deepak Hooda are the only two batters to score ten or more runs in each of the ten innings this season.
5 – KKR has now tried five different opening pairs in ten matches this campaign.
402 – Samson reached the landmark of 400 fours in T20 cricket.
2 – Aaron Finch has scored 474 runs at an average of 19.75 with just two fifties in the last 25 IPL innings.
206 – Samson also completed 200 fours for RR in the IPL.