RR vs KKR 2021: Magical Mavi disrupts RR’s hope to finish on a high note with a spell of 4/21. The target of 171 looked ridiculously big for Rajasthan’s batting lineup who can only reach 85 runs. Ferguson gave valuable support to Mavi with 3/18 in his four overs.
Slow but composed start to the KKR innings from the youngsters. Putting up a 79 runs opening stand between themselves while also visioning a high total. Both Iyer(38) and Gill(56) looked pretty solid throughout.
Tewatia giving a breakthrough stopping Iyer in his tracks. Glenn Phillips made another breakthrough in the very next over getting rid of Rana who was looking to blast open the scoreboard. Still a chance for PBKS.
Karthik, Morgan, and Tripathi floated KKR’s innings as high as 171 runs with everyone playing their roles to perfection. The only notable bowling spells were of Chetan Sakariya and Chris Morris picking up one wicket each and economy around 7.5.
On the way to chase 172 runs, RR’s top order mate with disaster. RR wickets were falling like a house of cards. It was wholesale which KKR took full advantage of.
Majority of the damage was done by the pace attack of Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson. Sharing seven wickets between them with the highest quality effort.
Rahul Tewatia(44) found rhythm in a boat riding in a typhoon. He tried to fight with his force but the winds from Kolkata were too powerful to handle.
It was a complete blowout from the Royals. They would never have imagined something like this. A bad day for RR fans.
Shivam Mavi claimed the man of the match award for his magical spell upfront.
RR vs KKR 2021: post match presentation
“It was a better wicket to bat on. It was staying low but ut definitely was better and 170 was chaseable on this pitch. We could have done much better with the bat. We wanted to get a good start and we wanted a powerful powerplay but we could execute it. We have been facing a lot of challenges but we showed character throughout the season and we wanted to show passion as well. Missing key players was a challenge but we were positive about it. Captaincy has changed the way I look at my batting and I have realized that if I get out, what would happen to my team and that helped me get more runs.”
“Batting first on this wicket and setting a total was tough but Iyer and Gill batted brilliantly to take us to a big score. Going too hard too early on these pitches is not the ideal thing and you have to time your aggression well. Having Shakib in the side has made replacing Russell fairly easy. We hope that we are taking it day by day with Russell and hope that he recovers soon. We have played very well and deserved the win.”
“I am feeling really good that I could perform so well on the big stage. My plan was to bowl at the stumps and not give any space to free the arms. When I was playing u-19 cricket, we needed to keep on learning and I have learned when to use slower balls and when to use the yorkers. I loved taking Dube’s wicket. We did whatever was in our hands.”