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IPL 2022 on 02-05-2022
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with a score of 158 runs for the loss of 3 wickets defeated the Rajasthan Royals (RR) who made a score of 152 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult made early ‘inroads’ for the RR team. Rinku and Rana managed to dismantle Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin so that the target is well within the reach of the KKR team.
Rana managed to crack Ashwin for 23 runs off 14 balls. He managed to forge a 3rd wicket partnership of 60 runs with Shreyas Iyer and then a 66 stand with Rinku to ensure that the KKR team is ushered home.
The so called ‘bad’ luck of Sanju Samson with the toss seemed to continue.
RR team goes slow
In his 1st over, Umesh Yadav managed to swing the new ball both the ways, threatening both the edges of Jos Buttler. Ankul Roy managed to keep Devdutt Padikkal and Buttler quiet. The RR team had gulped down 18 dots in the 1st four overs. In the 5th over, Samson managed to move, hitting Umesh for 4’s back-to-back.
Shivam Mavi along with Tim Southee managed to dismiss him after he had made 22 runs in 24 balls. In the 9th over the RR team was 55 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Hetmeyer and Samson give RR a leg up
Samson managed to progress to 40 runs off 30 balls but score only 14 runs off th last 19 balls.
Shimron Hetmeyer could fire in the slog over’s. He clattered an ‘unbeaten’ 27 runs off 13 balls. He seem to punish Southee with 17 runs off only 5 balls
The KKR go slow
The late blows of Hetmyer and early impetus of Samson gave the attack of the RR team some initiative. B Indrajith and Aaron Finch were troubled by the swinging of the new ball by Trent Boult.
Indrajith managed to ramp Prasidh Krishna for 4 over the ‘short-fine’ leg. KKR team was stuttering to 32 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the powerplay.
Show by Rana and Rinku
Ashwin was given the next attack. Iyer managed to carve away the 1st ball between the ‘short-third’ man and ‘backward’ point. Rana picked him for a 4, 6, and a 4 in the 3rd over, with different types of sweeps.
Boult managed to get Iyer caught. Samson took the catch. His score was 34 runs off 32 balls. Rinku and Rana could finish the job for the KKR team sans any fuss. Rinku could take Sen and Prasidh before he lined up Chahal. Rana seems to be vulnerable to bounce and rapid pace. Rinku, who is, most of the time, confined to be a substitute fielder in the IPL2022, managed to show his skills in batting by his contribution of 42 runs in only 23 balls. His stand of an ‘unbroken’ 66 with Rana had made all the difference to the game.