IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 37 runs against Rajasthan Royals in Match 12 of IPL 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in UAE
India's 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winning pace duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti led a clinical bowling display to help Kolkata Knight Riders register a comprehensive 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match on Wednesday.
Mavi and Nagarkoti, who battled injuries in the last two seasons, claimed two wickets apiece, while Varun Chakravarthy also got two to restrict the Royals to 137 for 9 in 20 overs while chasing a target of 175.
This was after star Australian pacer Pat Cummins (1/19 from 3 overs) dismissed Steve Smith (3) as the Royals crumbled on a tricky run chase to suffer their first defeat after two successive wins.
For KKR, this was their second successive victory and they jumped to second spot behind Delhi Capitals.
The margin of defeat would have been much bigger but for Tom Curran who remained unbeaten on 54 (from 36 balls) for a lost cause.
The casual and carefree manner of batting by the Royals top-order was baffling after Smith opted to field.
Jos Buttler and Smith started the proceedings looking to hit every ball in a 12-run first over off Sunil Narine.
In-form Smith survived a dropped catch off Cummins but perished caught-behind taking an inside-edge.
Mavi (2/20 from 4 overs) then ended the dream run of Sanju Samson (8), executing a perfect bouncer, and followed it up by getting the dangerous-looking Jos Buttler (21 off 16) dismissed after power-play to have the Royals top-three out for 39.
Nagarkoti (2/13 from 2 overs) then joined the party, picking the wickets of Robin Uthappa (2) and Riyan Parag (1) in the space of four balls in his first over.
It was all over for the Royals after mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (2/25 from 4 overs) grabbed the wickets of their last match hero Rahul Tewatia (14) and Jofra Archer (6).
Earlier, opener Shubman Gill's 47 and Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 34 helped the Kolkata Knight Riders score 174/6 against Rajasthan Royals.
Sunil Narine's dry spell with the bat continued as he was dismissed for 15 runs in the fifth over. His opening partner Gill, however, ancored the innings throughout its first half before finally falling in the 12th over to Archer, three runs short of a second consecutive half century.
Explosive all-rounder Andre Russell was threatening to finally show his full array of shots this season, reaching 24 runs in 14 balls. His innings was punctuated by three sixes but it was cut short by Ankit Rajpoot who got him holed out at deep midwicket. Morgan then anchored the lower middle order and saw KKR through to 174 for six in 20 overs.