The 54th match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals is a do-or-die game for both the sides. While KKR are on the money since the start of the game, Rajasthan, on the other are finding it hard to stand against a determined Kolkata side. After put in to bat first in the must-win encounter, KKR posted 171/4 on the board. In return, Rajasthan found themselves in a state of bother with wickets falling in tandem.
However, one moment that gave the tensed spectators and fans some fun on the ground was RR’s confusion in the batting order. Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Yashasvi Jaiswal for a 3-ball duck in the very first over which saw Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson coming in to bat. In the next over, Shivam Mavi dismissed Samson to see Rajasthan tottering at 1/2. However, even in that sort of situation the spectators had a fun moment when confusion in batting order led Shivam Dube to take the charge as another batter instead of Anuj Rawat- the newcomer who was playing just his second game for the Rajasthan side.
As soon as Samson started walking back towards pavilion, a padded Dube stood up and crossed the boundary ropes to bat next. However, seeing Dube go, RR coach Kumar Sangakkara stopped the all-rounder and asked him to come back so that Rawat could go to bat. Given that Dube had crossed the boundary line, the on-field umpire signaled that he only has to bat next and that none of the other batters could come in his place.
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Shubman Gill’s fifty, Rahul Tripathi’s cameo propel KKR to 171/4 against RR
Despite the pitch favouring the bowlers to a great extent, Shubman Gill led the innings of Kolkata Knight Riders with a handsome 56 off 44 as the side posted a total of 171/4 in the allotted 20 overs. Rahul Tripathi’s quickfire cameo (21 off 14) also helped the team’s cause. Venkatesh Iyer impressed yet again with a 38-run knock despite finding it hard to time the ball properly. Chetan Sakariya (1/23) was standout performer for RR.
In reply, Rajasthan were struggling at 33/5 in 7.3 overs at the time of writing the copy.