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IPL 2020: Match 54 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Match Report

Kolkata Knight Riders finished fifth in IPL 2020(Photo Credit: IPL)

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs in Dubai on Sunday to knock them out of IPL 2020. In the process, they get to 14 points and get to the fourth spot in the points table. The Royals ended their campaign with a loss and on 12 points. KKR will be hoping for a couple of results to go their way as they look to make it to the playoffs.KKR were in the eighth position before heading into this game.

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first. Jofra Archer struck in the very first over dismissing Nitish Rana. Rahul Tripathi (39) and Shubman Gill (36) then weathered the storm of the RR pacers with the moving ball. They added 72 together before Gill fell in the ninth over.

Skipper Eoin Morgan hit his IPL score and his best for Kolkata Knight Riders in this game. He scored 68 off 35 balls coming into bat at number four and in the ninth over. His 68, followed by cameos from Andre Russell (25 off 11) and Pat Cummins (15 from 11) took KKR to a competitive 191.

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Kolkata Knight Riders Knock RR Out of IPL 2020

RR lost quick wickets in reply courtesy Pat Cummins. He gave away 19 runs off his very first over. However, Robin Uthappa chipped one straight to square leg to get himself dismissed. he then picked up Ben Stokes and Stee Smith to take the sting out of the Royals chase.

Jos Buttler (35 off 22) and Rahul Tewatia (31 off 27) added 43 runs between overs fie to 11. However, Royals lost both Buttler and Tewatia in quick succession to get into more trouble in their chase. Varun Chakravarty dismissed both of them to swing back the game into Kolkata Knight Riders’ favour. Once this partnership was broken, it was playing catch up for the Royals batsmen. In the end, they fell 60 short finishing on 131 for 9 in 20 overs.

What Was the Turning Point In the Game?

The first spell from Pat Cummins where he took four wickets and the spell of Charkravarthyy dismissing Buttler and Tewatia were the two turning points in the game, which paved the way for KKR’s victory.

Pat Cummins for his match-winning spell of 4 for 34 was adjudged the Man of the Match. He went for 19 from his first over and went for only 17 off his final three to pull things back for Kolkata. He also took four wickets in the process. At the end of the league stage, Cummins has 12 wickets in his bag. If Kolkata Knight Riders eventually qualifies for the playoffs, he would like to add some more to his tally.

“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” said Cummins.

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