IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders all-but clinch play-off spot with crushing win over Rajasthan Royals | Cricket Information

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs to all-but seal the ultimate IPL play-off spot; Shubman Gill hit 56 as KKR posted 171-4 earlier than Shivam Mavi (4-21) and Lockie Ferguson (3-18) assist roll Royals for 86; Mumbai Indians have to beat Sunrisers by 171 runs to grab fourth

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Lockie Ferguson bowled superbly as Kolkata bowled Rajasthan out for 86 to - barring a miracle for Mumbai - clinch a play-off place

Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully as Kolkata bowled Rajasthan out for 86 to – barring a miracle for Mumbai – clinch a play-off place

Kolkata Knight Riders all-but secured the ultimate Indian Premier League play-off berth with a crushing 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah.

A half-century from opener Shubman Gill (56 from 44 balls) helped KKR put up 171-4, the very best rating on the floor to this point within the event, earlier than Lockie Ferguson (3-18) and Shivam Mavi (4-21) helped Eoin Morgan’s facet skittle the Royals for 86.

It may have been worse for Rajasthan, who slipped to 13-4 and 35-7, however for Rahul Tewatia. The all-rounder thumped 44 from 36 balls however was the final wicket to fall, bowled by Mavi within the seventeenth over as Kolkata accomplished an emphatic victory.

KKR’s place within the high 4 shouldn’t be but mathematically confirmed however the method of their win signifies that defending champions Mumbai Indians want to attain no less than 250 after which beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs or extra on Friday to displace them, a nigh-on inconceivable process.

After shedding the toss and being requested to bat, Kolkata openers Gill and Venkatesh Iyer laid the foundations for victory with a first-wicket stand of 79 to place their facet heading in the right direction for a extremely aggressive complete.

Gill smashed left-arm seamer Chetan Sakariya again of his head for six within the fifth over however the KKR plan early within the innings appeared to contain minimising threat and preserving wickets in hand – and it may hardly have labored out higher.

Gill and Iyer have been capable of transfer by means of the gears till the latter was bowled by means of his legs by Tewatia within the eleventh over and, with a powerful platform set by the highest two, the incoming batters had the license to go all-out assault from ball one.

Nitish Rana lasted simply 5 balls however added 12 runs in that point, whereas Gill was nonetheless going robust and introduced up his fifty from 40 balls earlier than being dismissed by Chris Morris.

Rahul Tripathi (21 from 14) saved the runs coming with three boundaries and whereas Rajasthan did handle to tug issues again barely within the closing over, Dinesh Karthik (14no from 11) and Morgan (13no from 11) every cleared the ropes to see KKR to a place of energy on the midway stage.

An honest floor for batting meant that the Royals have been nonetheless within the sport as they started their chase however that was not the case for lengthy,

Shakib Al Hasan bowled Yashasvi Jaiswal for a three-ball duck within the first over, Mavi had Sanju Samson (1) caught within the subsequent and when Ferguson accounted for Liam Livingstone (6) – caught within the deep – and Anuj Rawat – plumb lbw, first ball – the Royals have been 13-4.

Mavi proceeded to bowl Shivam Dube (18 from 20) and Glenn Phillips (8) within the eighth over to make it 34-6 and Rajasthan had added just one extra run earlier than Morris was trapped lbw by Varun Chakravarthy (1-14).

Tewatia had nothing to lose and went on the offensive with a flurry of boundaries coming within the subsequent couple of overs.

Nonetheless, Ferguson got here again to take away Jaydev Unadkat (6) and, left with the tail, Tewatia opted to farm the strike whereas nonetheless persevering with his big-hitting strategy.

It was in searching for two that Tewatia moderately bought Sakariya a dummy, the Rajasthan No 10 run out following a late determination to show down the run by the senior batter and a bullet throw from Shakib within the deep.

Tewatia himself fell to the primary ball of the subsequent over, dragging Mavi’s supply again onto the stumps, to finish the Royals’ distress and depart Mumbai needing essentially the most outstanding of victories on Friday to disclaim Kolkata a spot within the Eliminator.

Watch Sunrisers Hyderabad tackle Mumbai Indians within the IPL from 10.50am, Friday on Sky Sports activities Cricket earlier than Royal Challengers Bangalore face Delhi Capitals from 2.50pm on the identical channel.

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