Royals in a spin

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Apr 2018 11:30:36




THE wily spin attack of Kolkata Knight Riders made Rajasthan Royals batsmen dance to its tunes helping the side register a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday night.The trio of Piyush Chawla (1/18), Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) and part-timer Nitish Rana (2/11) conceded 52 runs in 10 overs, sharing four wickets amongst themselves to restrict the hosts to 160 for eight after inviting them to take first strike.KKR had a bad start to their chase as they lost Chris Lynn on the third ball of the match but the top order clicked in unison as they romped home with seven wickets and as many balls to spare. Skipper Dinesh Karthick hoicked Ben Laughlin into the stands for a massive six to signal end of the game.

With third win, and a better net run rate, Kolkata jumped to the top of the points table having played more matches than any side till now.Though Chawla, Yadav and Rana shone, KKR’s lead-spinner Sunil Narine had an off-day as the West Indian went wicketless and leaked 48 runs in four overs. Pacer Tom Curran (2/19) chipped in with a couple of wickets towards the end. Royals were not able to build on the start provided by captain Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 19) and D’Arcy Short (44 off 43) after the openers shared a 54-run stand off 41 balls.The highlight of Rahane’s knock was hitting Narine for four consecutive boundaries in his opening over. His innings ended when Karthick effected a brilliant run-out after collecting the ball from in front of the stumps.