Felix Austin | cricket20
The Rajasthan Royals recorded their first win in this years Indian Premier League after a hard fought 34 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Rajasthan Royals recorded their first win in this years Indian Premier League after a hard fought victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Faiz Fazal (31) and Naman Ojha (27) helped the Royals recover with a second wicket partnership of 42 before Abhishek Jhunjhunwala played a patient middle order innings to score 45 but the Roylas would have been disappointing to end their innings 20 or 30 runs short of a good total.
Chasing a total of 169 for victory the Knight Riders started off slowly as the Royals opened with the slow spin bowling of Yusuf Pathan. The gamble paid off quickly for the Shane Warne’s team when Monoj Tiwary (11) was bowled by Pathan at the end of the third over.
Brad Hodge and Cheteshwar Pujra struggled to build a meaningful partnership as the Royals took the pace off the bowl to give the batsman no chance of reaching the boundary.
Although the Knight Riders had only lost one wicket the run rate was creeping up at the end of each over as the home side’s innings almost ground to a halt with the pressure slowly mounting.
Hodge’s partnership with Pujra had reached 50 when Siddharth Trivedi struck to remove Purja’s (29) middle stump before Pathan bowled Hogde (36) to leave the Knight Riders needing 73 runs from the last 36 balls.
The lost of Hodge left skipper Sourav Ganguly and Owais Shah at the crease with a heavy defeat looking on the cards as the Royals chased down their first victory in this years Indian Premier League.
The Royals got off to a disastrous start when they lost Lumb who was trapped LBW by Ashok Dinda from the every first ball of the game. After losing their previous three games this was not the start that Shane Warne would have hoped for.
Fazal’s innings was brought to an end in the 4th over when he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara out on the boundary to give Shane Bond his first wicket of the innings.
Ojha, together with Jhunjhunwala continued the Royals slow progress before their partnership of 30 was broken by Murali Kartik to leave the visitors 72-3.
The Royals danger man Pathan came to the crease and started off his innings with a couple of boundaries before he succumbed to a short ball from the impressive Dinda picking out Brad Hodge at deep square leg who took an easy catch.
Jhunjhunwala and Adam Voges built an important partnership of 38 runs but with a target of 185 still possible Jhunjhunwala picked out Ganguly at mid wicket to leave the Royals 142-5.
Paras Dogra (0) and Shane Warner (1) were dismissed cheaply as the Royals lost their way in the final few overs but Voges hit back smashing 2 sixes off the bowling Sharma in the final over to help the Royals reach 169 giving them hope of recording their first victory.