Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Andre Russell's Kolkata hand Rajasthan first loss in IPL

Andre Russell was dismissed for 24.

Andre Russell was dismissed for 24.

Kolkata Knight Riders with West Indies players Andre Russell and Sunil Narine scored a 37-run victory over  Rajasthan Royals in the 12th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Dubai on Wednesday.

Fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivan Mavi ran through Rajasthan Royals’ top order to set up the victory for Kolkata.

The 20-year-old Nagarkoti grabbed two for 13 while Mavi got the prized wickets of Sanju Samson (8) and Jos Buttler (21)  as Rajasthan, set a victory target of 175,  were restricted to 137 for nine. Narine finished with one for 40 from his allotted four overs.

No. 7 batsman Tom Curran top-scored with 54 off 36 balls and was one of three Rajasthan batsman to reach double figures.

Earlier, after being sent in to bat, Kolkata made 174 for six off their allotted 20 overs.

The Knight Riders' top score came from opener Shubman Gill (47), who hit five fours and a maximum before handing Jofra Archer a simple catch off his own bowling.

Russell sought to pick up the mantle and accelerated Kolkata's scoring with 16 runs off the 13th over, but he too departed as he picked out Jaydev Unadkat at the boundary attempting his fourth six of the innings. The Jamaican made 24 from 14 balls.

It was left to Eoin Morgan to boost the total as he ended unbeaten on 34, surviving a scare off more dangerous Archer bowling, although it ultimately would have mattered little.

Narine was dismissed for 15 from 14 balls.

It was Rajasthan’s first loss in the tournament after they won both their previous games at Sharjah.

There is a four-way tie atop the leaderboard after all the eight teams played three games each with Kolkata, Rajasthan, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore all having four points.

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