Dubai: India’s 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winning tempo duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti led a scientific bowling show to assist Kolkata Knight Riders register a complete 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals of their Indian Premier League match in Dubai on Wednesday.
Mavi and Nagarkoti, who battled accidents within the final two seasons, claimed two wickets apiece, whereas Varun Chakravarthy additionally bought two to limit the Royals to 137 for 9 in 20 overs whereas chasing a goal of 175.
This was after star Australian pacer Pat Cummins (1/19 from three overs) dismissed Steve Smith (three) as the Royals crumbled on a tough run chase to endure their first defeat after two successive wins.
For KKR, this was their second successive victory they usually jumped to second spot behind Delhi Capitals.
The margin of defeat would have been a lot larger however for Tom Curran, who remained unbeaten on 54 (from 36 balls) for a misplaced trigger.
The informal and carefree method of batting by the Royals top-order was baffling after Smith opted to discipline.
Jos Buttler and Smith began the proceedings wanting to hit each ball in a 12-run first over off Sunil Narine.
In-form Smith survived a dropped catch off Cummins however perished caught-behind taking an inside-edge.
Mavi (2/20 from four overs) then ended the dream run of Sanju Samson (eight), executing an ideal bouncer, and adopted it up by getting the dangerous-looking Jos Buttler (21 off 16) dismissed after power-play to have the Royals top-three out for 39.
Nagarkoti (2/13 from 2 overs) then joined the social gathering, selecting the wickets of Robin Uthappa (2) and Riyan Parag (1) within the house of 4 balls in his first over.
It was throughout for the Royals after thriller spinner Varun Chakravarthy (2/25 from four overs) grabbed the wickets of their final match hero Rahul Tewatia (14) and Jofra Archer (6).
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Earlier, KKR discovered a quick and livid Jofra Archer too scorching to deal with as they had been restricted to 174 for six after being despatched in to bat. Archer (2/18) hit the deck exhausting and clocked the quickest supply of the match (152.1 kph) in a fiery spell, taking two key wickets of KKR — in-form opener Shubman Gill (47 from 34 balls) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (1).
Archer dismissed Gill three runs wanting a second successive fifty. In his subsequent over, Archer dismissed Karthik with a magnificence, stuffed with tempo that went straight with a little bit of inswing and the KKR skipper was pressured to play, edging straight to Jos Buttler.
Andre Russell was lastly promoted up at No 5 however the star Jamaican grew to become sufferer of Ankit Rajpoot whereas attempting to speed up the scoring charge.
Russell’s wicket meant KKR misplaced 4 wickets for 33 runs within the back-10 and with KKR taking part in with an additional bowler, it was left to Eoin Morgan (34 not out) to prop up the full.