RR vs KKR: The KKR bowlers made their presence felt, taking wickets at regular intervals.© BCCI/IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 37 runs in the 12th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. RR were restricted to 137/9 in 20 overs, after being handed a target of 175. All-rounder Tom Curran (54*) was the highest run-scorer, with none of the other batsmen able to make an impact. Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy accounted for two dismissals apiece. Earlier, KKR posted a total of 174/6 in 20 overs after being sent in to bat. Opener Shubman Gill was the highest run-scorer for the side, scoring 47 runs off 34 deliveries in an innings comprising of five boundaries and a six. With KKR losing wickets at regular intervals and no batsman really getting set after Gill, Eoin Morgan hit an unbeaten 34 off 23 to help KKR post a competitive total. English pacer Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for RR, accounting for two wickets while conceding only 18 runs. (SCORECARD)
IPL 2020 Highlights Between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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KKR win by 37 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 37 runs to snap Rajasthan Royals’s unbeaten streak, as Tom Curran finishes the innings with a beautiful boundary off the final delivery.
Ankit Rajpoot gets a six, as he walks down the ground managing to get the ball just past Eoin Morgan, with a powerful shot.
Half-century for Tom Curran
Tom Curran completes his half-century off 35 deliveries, walloping the pull over midwicket for a six.
Second six of the innings for Tom Curran, who advances down the pitch and smacks the ball into the stands.
Tom Curran gets his first six of the innings, coming down the track and slogging the ball over midwicket.
WICKET! Jaydev Unadkat c Kamlesh Nagarkoti b Kuldeep Yadav 9 (13)
Rajasthan Royals lose their 9th wicket as Jaydev Unadkat pulls the ball straight to Kamlesh Nagarkoti at deep midwicket. There was some delay as Unadkat believed the ball had hit the spidercam cable, which was later declined due to lack of anything conclusive. Ankit Rajpoot is the final batsman for RR.
Rajasthan Royals need 72 runs off 18 deliveries
Rajasthan Royals need 72 runs off 18 deliveries, with two wickets in hand. Dinesh Karthik has handed the ball to Kuldeep Yadav, in the last few overs which is an interesting move.
WICKET! Jofra Archer c Kamlesh Nagarkoti b Varun Chakravarthy 6 (4)
Jofra Archer departs soon after smashing a six, attempting to go big again but managing a slice, which Kamlesh Nagarkoti completes an excellent catch off, running in from long-on. Jaydev Unadkat is the next batsman in.
Jofra Archer gets his first six of the innings, clobbering the ball over long-off.
WICKET! Shreyas Gopal c Dinesh Karthik b Sunil Narine 5 (7)
Rajasthan Royals lose their 7th wicket, as Shreyas Gopal fails to reverse-sweep the ball effectively, resulting in an edge to Dinesh Karthik who makes no mistakes. Jofra Archer is the next player in.
Tom Curran gets his first boundary of the innings, slapping the ball wide of sweeper cover.
WICKET! Rahul Tewatia b Varun Chakravarthy 14 (10)
Rahul Tewatia departs for 14 as he attempts to go over extra cover, misreading the delivery which beats him going on to hit the stumps. Shreyas Gopal is the new man in.
Short delivery, and Tewatia hits a flat six behind square!
2 runs again
Tewatia drives Nagarkoti down the ground for a couple
Kamlesh Nagarkoti is back in the attack
The youngster will be buoyed with with his first over
Shivam Mavi pitches it up and Tom Curran drives beautifully through cover, but there is a fielder in the deep
WICKET! Riyan Parag c Shubman Gill b Kamlesh Nagarkoti 1 (6)
Shubman Gill completes an excellent catch to dismiss Riyan Parag for just 1. Parag slashed the ball hard, with the ball moving swiftly to Gill’s left. However, the young cricketer maintained his cool, completing the catch astutely. Tom Curran is the next batsman in.
WICKET! Robin Uthappa c Shivam Mavi b Kamlesh Nagarkoti 2 (7)
Maiden IPL wicket for Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who dismisses Uthappa with a short delivery. The batsman attempted to smash the short ball only to pick out Shivam Mavi at deep backward square leg. Rahul Tewatia is the new man in.
WICKET! Jos Buttler c Varun Chakravarthy b Shivam Mavi 21 (16)
Shivam Mavi has struck with the key dismissal of opener Jos Buttler, who slices the short and wide delivery to Varun Chakravarthy. Riyan Parag is the new man in.
Jos Buttler continues to take advantage of the powerplay, timing the slightly wide delivery by Shivam Mavi sweetly to the boundary ropes.
WICKET! Sanju Samson c Sunil Narine b Shivam Mavi 8 (9)
Shivam Mavi gets the wicket of in-form Sanju Samson who tries to force the pace, on a short delivery hitting the ball straight to Sunil Narine at mid-wicket. Robin Uthappa is the next batsman in.
Jos Buttler gets his second six of the innings, using the pace on offer from Pat Cummins to direct the ball over the fine leg fence.
Sanju Samson gets off the mark with a boundary, deflecting the ball down the leg-side in an excellent manner.
WICKET! Steve Smith c Dinesh Karthik b Pat Cummins 3 (7)
Steve Smith departs for 3 runs off 7 deliveries, as he gets a thin inside edge while attempting an ambitious shot off Pat Cummins, with Dinesh Karthik completing the catch. Sanju Samson is the new man in.
Pat Cummins strikes!
Gets the big wicket of #RR Skipper, Smith.
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Pat Cummins to share the new ball
Australian pacer Pat Cummins will share the new ball, making it a mix of spin and pace early on.
Cracking six by Jos Buttler who smashes the fourth delivery of the opening over, into the stands after coming down the ground.
Sunil Narine to bowl the opening over!
Sunil Narine will bowl the first over of the second innings. Can he strike early?
Time for the chase
Rajasthan Royals (RR) openers Jos Buttler and Steve Smith are ready to start the chase. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players have taken their positions on the field.
KKR finish on 174/6 in 20 overs
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finish their innings on a score of 174/6 in 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals need 175 runs to remain unbeaten in IPL 2020.
Excellent six by Eoin Morgan, who smashes the ball with great strength, managing to clear the fielder at deep mid-wicket.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti gets a boundary, chipping the ball powerfully over the fielder’s head resulting in some useful unexpected runs.
WICKET! Pat Cummins c Sanju Samson b Tom Curran 12 (10)
Pat Cummins departs as he is deceived following a slower bouncer by Tom Curran. Cummins attempted to smash the bouncer for a big hit, without any proper connect resulting in a catch to Sanju Samson, who manages to hold on to the catch despite hitting his head against the ground during the process.
Cracking boundary by Eoin Morgan who follows up the six with a boundary, managing to beat the fielder.
Sublime six by Eoin Morgan, who plays an upper cut to deep backward point following a short delivery angled across the left-hander.
Much-needed boundary for KKR as Pat Cummins manages to beat the fielder with a well timed shot. This is the first boundary which Jofra Archer has conceded in the match.
KKR reach 120/5 in 15 overs
KKR have reached 120/5 in 15 overs. Can KKR finish on a high?
Can Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins help KKR post a strong total?
The onus lies on Eoin Morgan, who was hit by a dangerous short ball and Pat Cummins to help KKR post a strong total against RR who enjoy a strong batting lineup.
WICKET! Andre Russell c Jaydev Unadkat b Ankit Rajpoot 24 (14)
Andre Russell departs for 24, slicing the ball straight to Jaydev Unadkat who completes a comfortable catch. Russell cannot believe it, nor can the KKR fans who have lost out on one of their top performers. Pat Cummins the new man in.
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