Rajasthan Royals had played the previous two matches at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. That field was Run Prasbini. Rajasthan scored 216 runs in the first match. Chennai scored 200 runs in reply. In the next match against Rajasthan, Kings XI Punjab scored 223 runs. In reply, Steven Smith’s team reached the target with 4 balls in hand.
This time Rajasthan came to play at the Dubai International Stadium. Will Rajasthan be able to win by chasing runs like Sharjah in this field? After winning the toss and sending the Kolkata Knight Riders to bat, KKR set a target of 165 in front of Steven Smith.
This is KKR’s highest score in three matches in this year’s IPL. Mumbai scored 195 runs in the first match of KKR. In reply, Kolkata stopped at 147 runs. In the next match, they won by keeping Hyderabad at 142 runs.
This time after losing the toss, KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was invited to bat first. The batsmen could not show much skill in batting. The marble cutter character of Sunil Narine as the opener is not seen. He still played 14 balls and got out with 15 runs.
Another opener Shubhaman Gill made 46 off 34 balls. He hit 1 six with 5 boundaries. Nitish Rana made 22 runs off 16 balls. Andre Russell made 24 off 14 balls. Captain Dinesh Karthik was out for just 1 run.
Eoin Morgan remained unbeaten on 34 off 23 balls. Pat Cummins was dismissed for 12 off 10 balls. Kamlesh Nagarkoti remained unbeaten on 6 off 5 balls. In the end, Kolkata Knight Riders lost 6 wickets and scored 174 runs. Joffra Archer took 2 wickets. Ankit Rajput, Joydev Unarkat, Tom Quran and Sourav Tewatia took 1 wicket each.