Everything Sanju Samson touches seems to turn into gold. After a couple of swashbuckling knocks with the bat, Samson produced a superb effort on the field adjudging the height of the ball to perfection to dismiss Pat Cummins off Tom Curran’s ball.
Batting first in Dubai, Kolkata Knight Riders managed 174 runs in their quota of 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals. The Royals pulled it back after KKR had gotten off to a decent start. Jofra Archer was spectacular with the ball and skipper Steve Smith used him to perfection.
He called him to pick the wicket of Shubman Gill, who was once again looking good for a big score, and Archer delivered. The fast bowler from Barbados finished with figures of 4-0-18-2. Kolkata Knight Riders promoted Andre Russell at No.4 but he couldn’t capitalise and departed after a few hits.
Sanju Samson times well to get rid of Pat Cummins
Meanwhile, if not for Eoin Morgan’s composure to bat out the innings, KKR would have struggled to get past 160. He remained unbeaten on 34 runs from 23 balls including one boundary and two sixes to stretch Kolkata Knight Riders innings. In the way, the England skipper shared two crucial partnerships with Pat Cummins and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Cummins looked to provide assistance with the bat but was undone by a bouncer the from Tom Curran. It was a slower short ball and Cummins took it on, he miscues the pull to deep backward square. Meanwhile. Sanju Samson misjudges it slightly as he overruns it but adjusts well to leap up and take it over his head.
On his way down he tumbles backwards and that’s when he hits his head onto the ground. The physio had a quick check; however, Sanju Samson and fielded for the rest of the innings.
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Meanwhile, it won’t be a chase from Rajasthan Royals as the wicket will slow down in the second half. But considering the firepower they have in their ranks, it will be an interesting competition between Rajasthan Royals batsmen and Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers.