IPL 2018, RR vs KKR: 3 RR players who flopped against KKR
Rajasthan Royals clashed against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday night at the iconic Eden Gardens. Put into bat first, Rajasthan Royals got off to a cracking start by scoring at more than 12 runs per over within the powerplay.
However, Kuldeep Yadav changed the course of the match post the power-play by picking up 4-20 in his quota of 4 overs. At one stage Rajasthan were 7-107 but a cameo at the end by Jaydev Unadkat (26 of 18) ensured Rajasthan Royals reached a total of 142 before being bowled out in the 19th over.
In reply, KKR started the innings with a bang by scoring 21 runs of the first over, thanks to some lusty hitting by their star opener Sunil Narine. Chris Lynn held up an end and played the sheet anchor role in KKR’s innings.
He along with skipper Dinesh Karthik added 48 runs for the 4th wicket before Lynn was dismissed in the 16th over. KKR cruised home with 2 overs to spare and for his superlative effort with the ball, Kuldeep Yadav was awarded Man of the Match.
With this win, KKR are one step closer to cementing their place in the playoffs, whereas Rajasthan Royals need to win their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and also expect the others results to go their way due to negative run rate.
In a game that had everything, let us look at 3 players who flopped from Rajasthan Royals side.
#3 Jofra Archer
In the first innings, Rajasthan Royals were tottering at 7-107 with more than 6 overs to spare. Jaydev Unadkat took the attack to the opposition with his aggressive stroke-play. He along with Ish Sodhi added 21 runs for the 8th wicket and Rajasthan Royals had a chance of reaching 160.
Ish Sodhi was dismissed on the third ball of the 17th over caught by the wicket-keeper. Out walked Jofra Archer and all he needed to do was to hand over the strike to Jaydev Unadkat who was batting well. But the West Indian offered no application as he slogged one straight into the hands of the long leg fielder. This dismissal dented the hopes of Rajasthan Royals of reaching the score of 150, despite having more than 2 overs to spare and finally, they were bundled out for 142 in the 19th over.
Even with the ball, Archer didn’t bowl to a particular plan. He bowled short and half volleys to which the KKR batsman obliged. He conceded 6 boundaries and 2 maximums in his 4 over spell and his bowling figures read 4-0-43-0.