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In the IPL, KKR thrashes the Royals.

In their 2021 Vivo IPL match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday night, the Kolkata Knight Riders produced a devastating bowling performance to secure a thumping 86-run victory over Rajasthan Royals.

In their 2021 Vivo IPL match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday night, the Kolkata Knight Riders produced a devastating bowling performance to secure a thumping 86-run victory over Rajasthan Royals.

The result puts KKR in a strong position to qualify for the competition’s playoffs, as they consolidate fourth place on the log and are now only two points behind Mumbai Indians, who have one more pool match to play.

In the game, KKR reached 171 for four in their 20 overs before their bowlers went on a rampage, dismissing the Royals for 85 runs to end their IPL campaign on a low note.

In leading the bowling attack, Shivam Mavi claimed his best-ever IPL figures of 4-21, while Lockie Ferguson bowled a brilliant spell of fast bowling, finishing with figures of 3-18 in his four overs.

Rahul Tewatia’s 44 off 36 balls (5×4; 2×6) was the only other Royals batsman to reach double figures, while Shivam Dube (18) was the only other Royals batsman to reach double figures.

Shakib al Hasan bowled opener Yashasvi Jaiswal around his leg for a third-ball duck, and Mavi then had captain Sanju Samson (1) caught at midwicket by Eoin Morgan with the first ball of the second over, leaving the Royals one for two.

Ferguson then joined the attack and struck quickly, skipping a ball to deep backward square leg, where Rahul Tripathi took a good tumbling catch, and then trapping Anuj Rawat dead in front for a first-ball duck, reducing them to 13 for four.

The Royals were reduced to 17 for four at the end of the powerplay before Dube and Glenn Phillips (8) decided to free their arms in Sunil Narine’s seventh over, when Dube smashed a six over long-on. Phillips, who had not scored in his first eight balls, hit a six down the ground as the over ended with 13 runs.

Mavi then clean bowled Phillips before bowling Dube off his pads to reduce the Royals to 34 for six in his eighth over.

Chris Morris joined Tewatia after that. He didn’t last long, though, as Varun Chakravarthy trapped him LBW for a second-ball duck with the Royals 35 for seven.

Tewatia then played a few strokes in Mavi’s 10th over, scoring 14 runs off three boundaries as they reached 49 for seven at the halfway stage, before crashing a six over deep midwicket in Chakravarthy’s next over.

With the score at 64 for eight, Ferguson had Jaydev Unadkat (6) caught at deep point.

Chetan Sakariya (1) stayed with Tewatia for a 20-run partnership till Sakariya was run out and Tewatia was bowled by Mavi off his own stumps to conclude the innings.

Shubman Gill’s half-century and contributions from the rest of the top and middle order helped KKR post 171 for four at the end of their 20 overs in the first innings.

Gill batted calmly for 56 runs off 44 deliveries (4×4; 2×6) and shared a crucial 79-run opening stand with Venkatesh Iyer, who scored 38 off 35 (3×4; 2×6) to get them off to a good start.

Four bowlers took a wicket each, with Sakariya (1-23) and Morris (1-28) taking the best of the bunch.

The KKR innings got off to a good start, with Gill hitting a six over long-on and Iyer hitting a four through the off side off Sakariya’s fifth over to take them to 31 without loss, which was quickly increased to 34 without loss before the end of the powerplay.

The innings was meandering around at that point, with the batsmen attempting to up the ante in the 10th over after a leg bye at the conclusion of the eighth over brought up the team’s 50.

Iyer was the one to get things going, flipping Jaydev Unadkat over deep midwicket for six and then depositing him down the ground for another maximum a few balls later, with the over costing 14 runs and KKR on 69 for no loss at the halfway point.

With the score at 79 for one, Gill got in on the action with a one-handed six off Tewatia’s first ball of the next over, but the bowler had the last laugh when he made the breakthrough a few balls later, bowled Iyer through his legs as he attempted a reverse sweep with the score at 79 for one.

Nitish Rana, who scored 12 off five (1×4; 1×6), then made a short cameo, slamming a four past point and a six down the ground off Glenn Phillips, who got his revenge when Rana toe-ended a shot to Livingstone at long-off, bringing the total to 17 off the over.

The KKR hundred was reached after a boundary from Gill off Mustafizur Rahman in the 13th over, while new man Tripathi, 21 off 14 (3×4), was dropped by keeper Samson off the final ball of the over, putting the score at 106 for two.

With the score at 133 for three, Gill completed his half-century with a bottom-edged four off Sakariya in the 15th over, before getting a leading edge to a Morris delivery in the next over and was caught at cover by Jaiswal.

At the start of the 18th over, Sakariya bowled Tripathi, reducing the score to 145 for four, but Dinesh Karthik, 14 off 11 (1×6), and Eoin Morgan, 13 off 11 (1×4; 1×6) shared an unbeaten 26-run stand off the last 11 balls to help their side to a solid total.

1 Liam Livingstone, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, RAJASTHAN ROYALS Glenn Phillips, No. 5 Anuj Rawat, No. 6 7 Chris Morris, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya

1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Shivam Mavi, 11 Varun Chakravarthy, KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

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