In the return match after the thriller in their last match against Rajasthan Royals in UAE, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field first in the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Rajasthan Royals got off to a great start as their inform openers; Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair continued with their good run in this IPL and scored 50 runs without the loss of any wickets in the power play over.
Ajinkya Rahane played some pretty good shots before being dismissed to a direct hit by Sunil Narine from fine leg while trying to take a quick single. After the dismissal of Rahane, the two stars of the Royals’s victory from the last game, Sanju Samson and Nair played smart cricket and took the game to a point from where they can launch an attack without being concerned about the fall of wickets.
Nair and Samson both played much matured innings and made good contribution to the team’s total. Nair was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan while attempting to provide the much needed momentum to the innings in the 14th over. Samson too was dismissed trying to do the same job when he lofted Sunil Narine to the deep mid wicket boundary only to be caught by Manish Pandey.
Shane Watson played a very important role in the innings, coming in after the fall of Nair’s wicket Watson went on attack mode against the KKR bowlers and scored a quickfire 31 of 20 delivery before eventually being dismissed by Sunil Narine in the 19th over.
Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers along with Shakib Al Hasan as they did not give away anything to the batsmen that was hittable and kept the scoring rate in check whenever they were brought in the attack. Narine in particular picked up key wickets towards the end of the innings and made a certain difference of at least 10 runs in the Rajasthan score.
Rajasthan Royals: 170/6 ( Karun Nair 44, Sanju Samson 37. Sunil Narine 2/28, Vinay Kumar 2/42).