Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their winless streak by beating Rajasthan Royals.
After losing five consecutive matches, the Kolkata Knight Riders finally got back to winning ways by getting the better of Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in Match 47 of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 2. Meanwhile, the Royals have now suffered two consecutive defeats in three days.
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to bowl first. They got rid of opener Devdutt Padikkal early on. Jos Buttler did make his presence felt with a couple of delightful strokes but, his stay at the crease was cut short in the ninth over for just 22 runs to his name. While other batters failed to make much of an impact, skipper Sanju Samson single-handedly took care of RR innings and scored 54 runs off 49 deliveries that propelled Rajasthan to 152/5.
Nitish Rana helps KKR get over the line
In reply, Kolkata lost opener Aaron Finch cheaply and Baba Indrajith did not last long either. Captain Shreyas Iyer then took control of the proceedings and went on to score 34 runs off 32 balls. After his dismissal, the middle-order duo of Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh ensured that there were no further hiccups and successfully helped KKR in getting over the line in the final over. While Nitish remained unbeaten on 48 runs from 37 deliveries, Rinku Singh was not out on a 23-ball 42.
Losing skipper, Sanju Samson said:
“The wicket was a bit slow, but they also bowled really well but with the kind of batting we had, would have liked a few more boundaries at the end and finish off a bit better. I think we were short by 15-20 runs. Having few niggles from the last couple of games, It’s feeling good now and I’m recovering well. It’s a great effort (with the ball), we showed some real fight in the game and the energy was really amazing. Personally, we should have batted a bit more better. Of course, win the next toss for sure. We have to keep on assessing the game and who is batting with you, wickets at the wrong time stopped myself to keep on going with the momentum. Wanted to build up the partnership and when I wanted to go hard I think they bowled really well and we couldn’t execute our shots.”
Winning skipper, Shreyas Iyer said:
“Right from the powerplay when our bowlers conceded just 36 runs and took a wicket, it was just the start we needed. We have been talking about Umesh right from the start. He has increased his pace, bowls those hard lengths and as a captain you just have to give him the ball to deliver. Whenever I give Sunil Narine the ball, he gets me wickets, but the batsmen don’t take chances against him. He is very economical, but when he gets a wicket, he gets a big one. The way Rinku is maintaining is calm, playing only his second or third game, is outstanding. He is a great asset for the franchise for the future. The way he gets his stays, he doesn’t look like a newcomer. We are looking for a good start. I love pressure, but it sweats a lot of me to build the innings in every game. Before the start of the game, I told Mavi, Rinku and Anukul to take the tough positions in the field. Mavi’s catch of Buttler was superb.”
Player of the Match, Rinku Singh said:
“A lot of players have played Ranji from Aligarh, but I am the first to play the IPL. This is a big league and there is a lot of pressure obviously. I have been waiting for the last five years to get a chance. I worked very hard, came back from injury and did well in the domestic circuit as well. When I was batting, Bhaiyya (Rana) and Baz (McCullum) told me to stay till the end and finish it.”
Full List of Awards for KKR vs RR
Super Striker of the Match – Shimron Hetmyer
Game Changer of the Match – Sanju Samson
Most Sixes – Riyan Parag
Power Player of the Match – Umesh Yadav
Most Valuable Asset of the Match – Rinku Singh
Fastest delivery of the Match – Kuldeep Sen
Most Fours – Sanju Samson