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At the Wankhede Stadium, a venue that has witnessed some high-scoring games, Rajasthan Royals restricted the Knights to a paltry 133/9, courtesy a four-wicket haul by Chris Morris and some disciplined bowling by his colleagues.
Chasing a mere 134, Royals initially suffered a jolt as both Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal were dismissed cheaply. Buttler’s wicket was unfortunate.
Hit on the helmet grill after he went for a pull off Pat Cummins and turned his head at the wrong time, the batsman looked a bit shaken and was trapped plumb in front soon after.
Having lost two quick wickets, Royals preferred not to go for any fancy shots, and it was Samson, playing an uncharacteristic innings, who stuck around till the end to ensure victory.
Samson stitched together two partnerships, a 45-run one with Shivam Dube (22) and 34 with David Miller (24*), to make sure that his team bagged two crucial points to move up the table.
That is the kind of innings that must please Sanju Samson; and one many were waiting for.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1619286643000
KKR, meanwhile, sank to the bottom.
Earlier, KKR were off to a slow start, with Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana finding it difficult to score against the disciplined Rajasthan bowling.
Gill once again failed to get going and was run out by Buttler, with the Knights reeling at 25-1 after the end of the Powerplay.
We never give up. 💗 https://t.co/QAfszjqzGG
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1619291044000
Before KKR could regroup, Nitish Rana was dismissed off Chetan Sakariya for 22. After 10 overs Knights were reeling at 55/3. On Saturday at least, the Royals bowling attack was in top form as they took the opponents by the scruff of the neck.
Sunil Narine was expected to pitch in with the bat for KKR and make some useful contributions, but he top-edged an attempted hook. The Knights’ night of blunders was not over as they lost skipper Eoin Morgan for a duck in a horrible mix-up as Rahul Tripathi took a few paces and abruptly stopped.
Morgan, who had responded, was left stranded on a night he and his team would like to forget in a hurry