Kolkata Knight Riders Virtually Seal Last Playoff Spot With Win Over Rajasthan Royals

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Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 86 runs in Sharjah in match 54 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Thursday. KKR set a target of 172 runs for RR to chase.

Shivam Mavi registered his best IPL bowling figures while Lockie Ferguson bagged a three-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals.

While chasing a mammonth target of 172 runs, RR were bowled out for 85 in 16.1 overs. Mavi was pick of the with 4 wickets from 3.1 overs. While Ferguson scalped 3, Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakravarthy took a wicket apiece. Earlier, Shubman Gill scored a fantastic 40-ball half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders posted the highest team total this season – 171/4 in 20 overs.

Courtesy of this outstanding win, KKR have dealt a big blow to defending champions Mumbai Indians’ hopes of reaching the final 4 as they need a miracle on Friday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are assured of the wooden spoon. Also, Kolkata’s win have ended the hopes of Punjab Kings who rode on skipper KL Rahul’s magnificent knock of 98 not out to hammer Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets on Thursday. With 7 wins and 14 points under their belt, Kolkata Knight Riders have consolidated their 4th spot on the IPL 2021 points table. With a massive win over Rajasthan Royals, KKR’s Net Run Rate of +0.587 has also received a huge boost.

 

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