kipper Dinesh Karthik (52) led from the front as Andre Russell (49 not out), Piyush Chawla (2/24) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/18) starred with bat and ball to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) see off Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 25 runs and reach Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
KKR will now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) here on Friday to decide who faces Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on Sunday.
meanwhile, Kolkata had the worst possible start losing three of their batters within four overs. However, skipper Dinesh Karthik (52) then started to rebuild the innings with Lynn first and then Shubman Gill. However, Gill departed scoring 28 runs, as Kolkata got back on track.
Moreover, some late hitting from Andre Russell (49*) ensured Kolkata posted a challenging total of 169 runs on the board.
Rajasthan, in reply, got off to flier courtesy skipper a brilliant effort from the top-order. However, the departure of skipper Rahane (46) witnessed a quick loss of wickets, as KKR took the control of the match.
Some tight bowling from the Knight Riders’ bowlers-led by Piyush Chawla (two for 25) guided the home team home by a margin of 25 runs.
Rajasthan lacked Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in this match, which is returning home to join England’s Test team. Captain Ajinkya Rahane (46 off 41 balls) and Sanju Samson (50 runs off 38 balls) kept the hopes for some time but the KKR bowler did not make him a quick run. The Royals’ team could only reach 144 runs in four wickets. With this defeat, Rajasthan’s journey in the current IPL ended, while KKR will face Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 25 in the second qualifier, which was defeated by Chennai Super Kings in the qualifiers by two wickets yesterday. On behalf of Kolkata, Piyush Chawla scored 24 runs in four overs while second leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket for 18 runs. Fast bowler Krishna achieved a wicket with 28 runs.
All in all, Rajasthan is now out of Tournament t and Kolkata Knight Riders will now face SRH in the 2nd Qualifier on 25th My
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