RR vs KKR IPL 2022 Highlights: In a thrilling game of cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs at Brabourne Stadium. Jos Buttler laid the foundation of the win for the Royals with a sublime century to take his team to a mammoth 217/5 in 20 overs. The wicketkeeper batter slammed 103 runs off 61 balls but it was Yuzvendra Chahal who claimed a hat-trick to turn the tide in Rajasthan’s favour when KKR were marching towards a sensational win. Shreyas Iyer scored a fabulous 85 runs but it wasn’t enough as Chahal claimed five-wicket to derail KKR’s chase. While Obed McCoy sealed the game for RR with two wickets in the final over.
Jos Buttler recorded his second century of the season – third overall – as he powered Rajasthan Royals to a huge 217/5 against Rajasthan Royals. Buttler made 103 off 61, an innings that featured 9 fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Sanju Samson (38 off 19) and then Shimron Hetmyer applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 26 off 13. For KKR Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 2/21 from four overs. Earlier, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams tasted defeat on their respective last matches. KKR made one change to their playing XI as they dropped Aman Khan for Shivam Mavi. On the other hand, RR made three changes as they included Trent Boult, Obed McCoy and Karun Nair for tonight’s clash.
Their confidence severely dented after two comprehensive defeats on the trot, last edition’s runners-up side Kolkata Knight Riders would seek to get their inconsistent campaign back on track when they face Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match in Mumbai on Monday. KKR were beaten by Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad by 44 runs and seven wickets respectively in their last two matches. They had earlier lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With three wins and three losses, KKR are at the mid-table while the Royals have won three matches and lost two games till now. KKR had an impressive start to the league with three wins from four matches but the back-to-back losses had taken them down below the top-4 and they would look to regain that slot.
But to do that they will have to pull themselves up in both batting and bowling.
None of the batters, except for Andre Russell, has been consistent so far while the likes of spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Pat Cummins have dished out average performances.
Russell is the current top-scorer for KKR with 179 runs from six matches and has also contributed with five wickets with the ball.
Captain Shreyas Iyer has not been in the best of form with just one half-century in his name for a total of 151 runs in six matches, Nitesh Rana and Venkatesh Iyer have been lacking in consistency, while Sam Billings is struggling to get runs.
In the bowling department, none, except pacer Umesh Yadav (10 wickets from 6 matches) has been up to expectations.
Chakravarthy, KKR’s highest wicket-taker last season, has been struggling big time with just four wickets from six matches.
Chakravarthy’s senior spin colleague Sunil Narine is also in the same boat with just four wickets.
Australia Test captain Cummins, who joined late due to national commitment, also need to step up and do better than his current figures of three wickets from as many matches.
The Royals, on the other hand, will start as favourites in Monday’s match with the tournament’s highest run-getter and wicket-taker in their ranks in Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal has been in top form with 12 wickets from five matches, also with a fine economy of 6.80 and he would fancy to add more scalps to his name, especially against a struggling KKR batting unit.
Veteran New Zealand pacer Trent Boult (7 wickets from 4 matches) is the other Royals bowler who has been doing well.
But senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is terribly out of form. He picked up just one wicket from five matches while conceding 143 runs and it remains to be seen how long the team management will persist with him.
The Royals, however, have not fired as a batting unit with the likes of captain Sanju Samson (117 from 5 matches) and the hugely talented Devdutt Padikkal (114 from 5 matches) failing to click so far.
Their batting has revolved mainly around Buttler, who has set the IPL on fire with 272 runs from five matches with one hundred and two fifties.
Shimron Hetmyer has been the only other Royals batter who has done well so far with 197 runs from five matches with the help of one half-century.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Full Squads:
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c/wk), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, James Neesham, Anunay Singh, Daryl Mitchell, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, KC Cariappa.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shreyas Iyer (c), Aaron Finch, Abhijeet Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Indrajith, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammed Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.