IPL Live Updates RR vs KKR Highlights: Chahal’s hat-trick after Jos Buttler’s stormy century, Rajasthan’s Royal win over Kolkata
Knight Riders were once in a very strong position at 148 for two but the team lost their last eight wickets for 62 runs. The Royals team has eight points from four wins in six matches. Knight Riders are in seventh place with six points from seven matches. Buttler’s 103 from 61 balls with five sixes and nine fours, apart from a 97 for the first wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (24) and a 67 for the second wicket with captain Sanju Samson (38) helped the Royals. scored 217 runs for five wickets. Shimron Hetmyer finally made an unbeaten 26 off 13 balls.
Chasing the target, Knight Riders lost the wicket of Sunil Narine (00) on the first ball, who became a victim of Hetmyer’s precise target. Iyer started off with two consecutive fours off Trent Boult and then hit the famous Krishna for two consecutive fours as well. Opener Aaron Finch also hit two fours on Boult. Both did not let the spinners dominate. Shreyas welcomed Ravichandran Ashwin with a boundary while Finch hit the first six of the innings in the same over as Knight Riders posted 57 for one in the power play. Finch scored 17 runs in the first over of Yuzvendra Chahal with three fours. He completed his half-century in just 25 balls with two consecutive fours on Krishna and in the ninth over, the team’s score crossed 100 runs.
However, in the same over, Krishna was caught by Karun Nair at deep backward point by waving the ball outside off-side in the air. Iyer was not affected by Finch’s dismissal. He completed his half-century in 32 balls with a six and then a run on Ashwin. Iyer hits Ashwin for a six. Nitish Rana (18) hit a four and a six off Chahal’s successive deliveries but was caught by Butler at long on in the same over. Ashwin gave a big blow to the Knight Riders by bowling Andre Russell (00) on the very first ball.
Iyer was lucky to score 66 when McCoy was caught behind the wicket by skipper Samson. Taking advantage of the gift of life, Iyer hit sixes on McCoy and Boult. Knight Riders needed 51 runs to win in the last five overs. Chahal changed the course of the match in the 17th over by taking the wickets of Venkatesh Iyer (06), Shreyer Iyer, Shivam Mavi (00) and Pat Cummins (00), including a hat-trick.
Umesh Yadav (21 off nine balls) hit 20 runs off Boult in the 18th over with two sixes and a four. Knight Riders needed 18 runs to win in the last two overs. Seven runs came off Krishna’s 19th over. McCoy (2 for 41) got Sheldon Jackson (08) caught by Krishna at short fine leg and then bowled Umesh to give the Royals victory.
Earlier, Sunil Narine, playing the 150th IPL match, took two wickets for just 21 runs in four overs. Other bowlers of Knight Riders proved costly. Pat Cummins conceded 50 in four overs while Umesh Yadav conceded 44 runs. Cummins got one wicket while Umesh did not get any wicket.
After losing the toss and opting to bat, Buttler along with Padikkal got the Royals off to a stormy start. Buttler remained calm in the first two overs with the only boundary coming off Padikkal’s bat. Butler then showed a sharp attitude. He also hit fours and sixes in successive deliveries of Shivam Mavi (1 for 34), after hitting fours and sixes off Umesh.
Royals added 60 runs in the power play without losing a wicket. Padikkal hit two consecutive fours on Cummins in the seventh over while Buttler also hit a straight boundary on the pacer to complete his half-century in just 29 balls. Padikkal hit his first six on Narayan but got bowled in the same over. He faced 18 balls and hit three fours and a six.
Butler then found a good partner in the form of Samson. The team’s century of runs was completed in the 11th over. Samson hit two consecutive fours on Mavi as soon as he came, while Butler also hit two fours on Cummins. Samson hit six sixes on Chakraborty and Umesh but Andre Russell (1 for 29), trying to play a big shot, was caught at deep midwicket to Mavi. He hit three fours and two sixes in his 19-ball knock.
Buttler completed his second century of the current season and third of his IPL career in 59 balls by sending Cummins full toss for six runs. Butler, however, tried to pull the ball in the same over from Cummins, caught by Chakraborty at fine leg. After this, Narayan sent Riyan Parag (05) to the pavilion while Mavi curbed the run-rate by sending Karun Nair (03) to the pavilion. Hetmyer hit two sixes and a four in the final over of Russell’s innings.