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Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler’s century and Chahal’s Hatrick

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders: In Monday’s evening match Rajasthan Royals won by 7 runs and defeated Kolkata Knight Rider. With 8 points from 6 matches, they jump into the second spot on the point table.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

In Rajasthan Royals’ exciting seven-run triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders, Yuzvendra Chahal took his first five-wicket haul in the IPL, while Jos Buttler hit his second century in IPL 2022.

Buttler’s 103 helped RR reach 217, putting KKR in a strong position to complete the third-highest chase in IPL history. They, on the other hand, went from 107 for 1 to 180 for 8 in the 13th and 17th overs and lost the plot.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

Putting RR had to take advantage of the ideal batting conditions on offer, and the openers rose to the occasion. Devdutt Padikkal and Buttler put on a 97-run partnership in 9.4 overs to keep KKR on the back foot in the first innings.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

After only nine runs in the first two overs, the floodgates opened in the third, with Umesh Yadav leaking 16. Buttler made 46 of the 60 RR scored in the powerplay, making it a one-man display. Padikkal had 8 off 10 at the time and eventually fell for 24 off 18.

Sunil Narine managed to stem the inflow of runs, the other bowlers plodded to have an impact. Sanju Samson got going with successive boundaries against Shivam Mavi as the brace made 67 off 34. Before Samson fell in the 15th over, he’d contended to 38 out 18 and had assured the pressure wasn’t on Buttler to carry the innings forward.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

While Buttler, on his part, too kept the pressure on the KKR bowlers. He struck two boundaries against Pat Cummins in the 13th but failed to get a boundary in the coming two overs. He struck a four against Russell in the 16th and got to his century with a six in the coming over but fell three balls latterly.

It was Buttler’s fourth ton in T20 justice. He would have a clear game plan as he did against Mumbai Indians-to play out one bowler and attack the others. Against MI, he kept Jasprit Burmah down while against KKR, he played out Narine while taking a risk on others.

Meanwhile, RR was 189 for 3 at the end of 17 overs. And they only managed 28 runs in the remaining three overs, 18 of which came in the penultimate over. Shimron Hetmyer finished with 26 from 13 balls, including two consecutive sixes and a boundary in the last over.

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Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

Aaron Finch gave Narine no chance to make ground as he pushed the first ball to cover and raced off.

Hetmyer took a straight blow from Narine, who fell even before facing a ball, and KKR got off to an unexpected start. If the dismissal had an impact on Finch’s decision, he did not let it show in his application.

After a rocky start, he stormed to a 25-ball half-century to put his dismal form behind him. On Trent Boult’s first two deliveries, Shreyas hit two beautiful boundaries to make his intentions clear.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Image credit: Twitter/#RRvsKKR

Finch and Shreyas combined for 107 off 53 pitches to set the tone for the chase and keep RR guessing. Finch grabbed it slowly as Shreyas took off. Finch was on 10 off 10 before the KKR captain progressed to 21 of 14.

Finch, on the other hand, began striking them clean in the eighth over, when he hit Chahal for three boundaries.

In the eighth over, Obed McCoy let up 19 runs as Finch took a toll on him before reaching his half-century in the next over.KKR needed 111 off 66 runs when Finch fell. From there, things started to fall apart.

Umesh came out and put on a show. Umesh went 6, 2, 6, 4, and 1 against Boult in the 18th inning to push the team beyond 200 points.

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The borders dried up as the target got closer. In the 19th century, Prasidh Krishna gave up just seven runs as Sheldon Jackson, the ‘keeper-batter,’ struggled to get going.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs thanks to Buttler's century and Chahal's Hatrick
Photo via Twitter/@KKRiders

With 11 off 6 on the board, Jackson fumbled the second ball, leaving Umesh to finish the job. Bowling the penultimate over, Obed McCoy dismissed Umesh to ensure the KKR chase ran out of steam.

News Source: Hindustan Times

Written By

Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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