IPL 2018: Twitter reacts as KKR bowlers defended 169 to eliminate Rajasthan Royals from IPL 11

IPL 2018: Twitter reacts as KKR bowlers defended 169 to eliminate Rajasthan Royals from IPL 11

KKR conceded only 35 runs in the last 5 overs as the Royals eventually fell short of the target by 25 runs.

Piyush Chawla was the stand-out performer with the ball for Kolkata | IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders hosted Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2018 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday (May 23).

Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bowl first. KKR rode on their captain Dinesh Karthik’s fifty (52 runs off 38 balls) and Andre Russell’s blazing 25-ball 49 to post 169/7 in 20 overs. Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer and Ben Laughlin claimed 2 wickets each for the Royals.

In reply, RR got off to a reasonable start with Rahane and Rahul Tripathi putting 47 runs in just 5 overs. After Tripathi’s dismissal on 20, the Rajasthan captain forged a 62-run stand for the second wicket with Sanju Samson.

Rahane was eventually dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav on 46 that led to Heinrich Klaasen’s arrival at the crease. The pressure of upward going run-rate was pretty much evident on Royals batsmen as Samson soon became Piyush Chawla’s victim on 50.

KKR bowlers conceded only 35 runs in the last 5 overs as the Royals fell short of the target by a massive margin of 25 runs. There were three stand-out performers with the ball for Kolkata. While Chawla scalped 2 for 24 in his 4 overs, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Yadav recorded the figures of 1/28 and 1/18 in their quota of overs respectively.  

Twitterati were in awe to see the way Kolkata bowlers pulled things back in the later half of the game.

Here are some of the top tweets:

 


By Salman Anjum - 23 May, 2018

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