IPL 2020, Match 54: Analysing the talking points, as KKR beats RR to leap to fourth spot
First Published 2, Nov 2020, 10:49 AM
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clashed with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Dubai on Sunday. KKR won by 60 runs and can hope for a place in the playoffs. RR, however, are at the bottom-most of the table. KKR are currently placed fourth and would expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to lose on Tuesday.
Match 54 was the last day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) double-headers this season, wherein Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) took on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Dubai. KKR managed to lead in almost all fronts and won the match by a massive margin of 60 runs. Following the match, KKR stay alive for the playoffs, while RR chances have been completely dusted off, as they have hit the rock-bottom of the table. Let’s have a look at the talking points of the match.
After KKR lost their first wicket in the opening over itself, it was Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi who gave KKR the push they needed at that moment. Together, they made a 72-run stand between them.
Skipper Morgan strikes
It was KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, who changed the complexion of the match. In his innings, he struck 68 runs off 35 balls. He hit six huge sixes and five fours. He maintained a strike-rate of around 195 and was the key to drive KKR to a total of 191 runs.
Though Jofra Archer was absolutely economical (economy 4.8), Rahul Tewatia’s contribution was no less. With an economy of just 6.2, he scalped three wickets in his spell. Besides, Kartik Tyagi did reasonably well, as he scalped two wickets.
Collapse of RR
Neither the star batsmen nor the versatile all-rounders could contribute much with the bat. KKR bowlers nearly overpowered them and they could manage just 131 runs in their innings.
Cruising Cummins day
No doubt Pat Cummins had reserved his best for ‘the day.’ He, alone, took four of RR wickets, besides maintaining an economy of 8.5.
KKR show-stealing bowling
The whole of KKR's bowling unit was in a fiery form. Though all the bowlers were economical, Shivam Mavi surprised everyone with his economy of just 3.8 and managed to scalp two wickets. Varun Chakravarthy, too, did a good job, as he took two wickets with an economy of five.