KKR VS RR
KKR defeated Rajasthan Royals by a heavy margin of 37 runs in match 12 of the Dream11 IPL 2020 held at Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.
Future stars of India often referred to as “Class of 18” – Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti helped Kolkata Night Riders win this game easily. In a one-sided affair, KKR posted 174-6 to which RR only managed to score 137-9 courtesy of late swing of bat form Tom Curran.
Star heavy Kolkata was put in to bat by Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith after out into bat. Shubman Gill scored 47 runs from 34 balls. Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan’s contribution of 24 runs and 34 runs respectively put KKR into a strong position.
Coming to chase, captain Steve Smith threw his wicket cheaply. Soon after KKR showcased an exhibition of class bowling as under-19 stars of 2018 Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti dismantled the top and middle order of RR and reduced them to 42-5.
Once the top 3 of RR- Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson were dismissed, the middle order of RR got exposed. Shivam Mavi dismissed Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler for 8 and 21 runs respectively.
Tom Curran did stay there till the end and his lusty blows helped him earn his maiden fifty in IPL. He scored 54 runs from 36 balls with the help of 3 sixes to his name.
Smith in his post-match interview said that the team was not able to adapt to the dimensions of Dubai.
“Few of us still thought we were playing in Sharjah. It did (feel a lot different), the far side is a very big side and we didn’t see too many balls going there and the other side is slightly shorter. We probably didn’t adapt to the dimensions and the wicket”, he said.
Shivam Mavi who was adjudged the Man of the match award said that the experience to bowl to these big stars before helped him.
“When I started bowling, it was seaming. So I thought I’ll stick to normal lines and lengths. Before the game, we thought it would be flatter. So I just stuck to a length. Have played against these big stars before, but I knew it wasn’t coming onto the bat”, the young Indian pacer said