Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, KKR vs RR: Pat Cummins dominates as KKR beat RR by 60 runs
In the 54th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 60 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pat Cummins dominated and destroyed the batting line-up of RR with him grabbing 4 crucial wickets for the KKR in his spell of 4 overs tonight. Skipper Eoin Morgan shined with his undefeated knock of 68 runs allowing KKR to give a high target of 192 runs for the RR to chase tonight. With tonight's win against RR, KKR has now miraculously jumped from the last position to the 4th position in the points table of the 13th edition of IPL. Rajasthan Royals remains eliminated from the playoffs of IPL 2020.
Skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to field first. Kolkata Knight Riders had a rough start with the early wicket of opener Nitish Rana. Rana lost his wicket for a duck tonight. However, the other opener, Shubhman Gill played a decent knock of 36 runs off 24 balls for the KKR tonight. Rahul Tripathi also supported Gill in a good partnership and made 39 runs off 34 balls for the KKR tonight. Sunil Narine failed to impress as he lost his wicket without making a single run for the KKR tonight. Skipper Eoin Morgan shined tonight with his undefeated knock of 68 runs off 35 balls for the KKR tonight. While Dinesh Karthik lost his wicket without making any runs, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins supported Morgan in setting a good target of 192 runs for the RR to chase tonight. Rahul Tewatia remained successful in grabbing 3 crucial wickets for the RR tonight in his spell of 4 overs. However, Jofra Archer remained the most economical bowler in his spell of 4 overs while also taking a wicket tonight. Karthik Tyagi also impressed everyone with his brilliant bowling for the RR tonight with him grabbing 2 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals had a bad start with early wickets of its batting line-up. While opener Robin Uthappa made only 6 runs, Ben Stokes lost his wicket after making 18 runs off 11 balls for the RR tonight. Skipper Steven Smith and youngster Sanju Samson also lost their wickets in the early. Smith made 4 runs while Samson made only a single run tonight. Joss Buttler tried his best to rescue RR with his knock of 35 runs off 22 balls tonight. Riyan Parag failed to impress as he lost his wicket without making any runs for the RR tonight. Rahul Tewatia grabbed eyeballs with his efforts to save the sinking ship of RR. Tewatia played an innings off 31 runs off 27 balls for the RR tonight. Shreyas Gopal remained undefeated with his knock of 23 runs off 23 balls for the RR tonight. KKR bowlers dominated the RR's batting line-up tonight. While Pat Cummins grabbed 4 huge wickets, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy took 2 wickets each for the KKR in their respective spells of 4 overs tonight. However, Mavi remained the most economical bowler for the KKR in his spell of 4 overs tonight.