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IPL 2023, KKR vs RR: Chahal, Jaiswal's carnage take Rajasthan to third spot in points table

YasIPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR): Yashasvi Jasiwal's 98, Yuzvendra Chahal's 4-25 and Trent Boult's 2-15 are top performances. Rajasthan beat KKR and move to third place in points table.

IPL 2023, KKR vs RR, Top Performances_Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 98 off 47 against KKR; RR beat KKR  _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Jaiswal scored 98 off 47 against KKR (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)

Brief Scores: RR 151-1 (Jaiswal 98*, Samson 48) beat KKR 149-8 (Venkatesh 57, Rana 22; Chahal 4-25) by 9 wickets.

Player of the Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal (98 off 47)

The 56TH Match of Tata IPL 2023 got underway with Kolkata Knight Riders hosting Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Sanju Samson won the toss and elected to bowl first. For Royals, Trent boult and KM Asif were back in the eleven. Nitish Rana added an additional spinner bringing in Anukul Roy.

Rajasthan Royals' Smart Play Earns Them a Win Against Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR had a very quiet start as Trent Boult did what he does best, picking up wickets inside the powerplay. KKR were reduced to 37-2 at the end of the first six. Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer somewhat stabilized the innings for KKR with a 48 runs stand. A stupendous spin bowling masterclass from Yuzvendra Chahal stumped KKR batters as they couldn’t find any answers in his four over spell. KKR were reduced to just 149-8 at the end of 20 overs.

Chasing 150, KKR bowlers were hoping RR would board the tram to Kolkata, however, Jaiswal had already punched the ticket of a super-fast bullet train. He began the assault with 26 runs in the first over of Nitish Rana. A whirlwind and record breaking 13-ball fifty was set to flood the headlines as Yashasvi Jaiswal topped an elite list of players. Sanju joined in on the party and ensured the NRR had a 360* impact as Rajasthan clinched the run chase inside 14 overs.

Talking Points; Yashavi Jaiswal’s Field Display Killed The Hope For RCB

Jaiswal’s impeccable timing and field awareness were on display tonight. KKR’s overreliance on spinners continued as they came third in a race between two at the Eden Gardens. Sanju was very tactical with his bowling options, keeping Chahal for the last 10 overs of the innings.

Top three performances from KKR vs RR

IPL 2023, KKR vs RR, Top Performances_Yuzvendra Chahal took 4-25 against KKR; RR beat KKR _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Chahal took 4-25 against KKR; RR beat KKR (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)
Yuzvendra “Chatur Chalak” Chahal breaks KKR’s back with a four-fer

Unlike usual, Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced very late in the 11th over, and he responded rather quickly, dismissing Rana and breaking the 48 runs partnership. Then, Chahal made further inroads by picking up a double wicket over and giving just four runs away to stumble KKR into misery. Chahal was kept for the latter stages of the innings very smartly by Sanju, who even bowled the 19th over to send the dangerous Rinku Singh back to the pavilion. A spin bowling masterclass to deceive the batters played into Chahal’s strength as he picked up four wickets, giving just 25 runs in his four overs.

Yashasvi Jaiswal storms into IPL record books with a 13 ball fifty

Rajasthan needed 150 runs to win and Jaiswal started the run chase with a bang, two consecutive sixes and a 26 runs first over to send back Nitish Rana out of the bowling attack. Yashasvi Jaiswal then dented Harshit Rana’s figure and the moment he was 37 off just 9 deliveries, everyone crossed their fingers as the youngster was about to cross something really special. A hattrick of fours to Shardul Thakur and he danced away in joy! The fastest fifty in IPL’s 16-year history and a 21-year-old smashes a 13 ball fifty, a once in a lifetime achievement for the left hander beating KL Rahul’s 14 ball fifty.

Jaiswal didn’t stop and continued on this red-hot run of form and played all the shots in the book, Sixes down the ground, inside out over covers, sweep, pull and what not! Jaiswal’s innings was like the bullet train of Japan as he reached 98 runs off just 47 deliveries helping RR chase down 150 with 41 deliveries to spare.

Trent delivers thunder ‘boults’ inside powerplay

There isn’t a better exploiter of the new ball in T20 cricket than Trent Boult, and he stood up to his reputation by again giving Rajasthan crucial breakthroughs when they needed it the most. First boult dismissed the dangerous Jason Roy but that was more of Hetmyer’s wicket as he took a superb catch at deep square leg. The second was again curtesy an outstanding diving catch by Sandeep Sharma at mid-on as boult dismissed Gurbaz and continued his golden arm inside the powerplay overs to return with figures of 2-15 in his three overs.

Points Table Scenario & What's Next

After this emphatic win, Rajasthan was back in the top four with 12 points. Mumbai Indians will take on Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium on 12th May, 7:30 PM.

IPL 2023 Points Table

IPL 2023 Points Table
IPL 2023 Points Table

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