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Narine's maiden IPL ton in vain, Buttler-storm helps RR to beat KKR in last ball thriller IPL
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Narine's maiden IPL ton in vain, Buttler-storm helps RR to beat KKR in last ball thriller

By Deepayan Sinha/IBNS | @indiablooms | 17 Apr 2024, 12:24 am

Kolkata/IBNS: Rajasthan Royals (RR) hold their top position on the IPL 2024 points table as Jos Buttler's explosive 60-ball unbeaten 107 knock threw Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) out of the game and helped RR to beat Shreyas Iyer's team by 2 wickets, fading Sunil Narine's maiden IPL ton, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday (Apr 16).

Buttler along with Avesh Khan at the non-striker end finished the 224-run chase in the final ball of the match, which, one time, had gone out of RR's hand after they lost 6 back to back wickets in the 12th over.

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For KKR, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sunil Narine and Harshit Rana took 2 wickets each, while Vaibhav Arora got one.

RR skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Batting first, Kolkata scored 223 for the loss of 6 wickets with KKR opener Sunil Narine slammed his maiden century (109 off 56 balls) and Rinku Singh finished the KKR innings in style (20* off 9 balls).

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For Rajasthan, Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen got 2 wickets each, while Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal took 1 wicket each.

Jos Buttler won the player of the match award for his explosive batting show.

Like previous matches, KKR co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was present at the Eden Gardens today.

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With the victory, Rajasthan maintained their top position on the IPL points table with six wins and one loss in seven matches.

However, KKR remain on number two with four wins and two losses in six games.

KKR will take on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their next match at the Eden Gardens on Apr 21, while RR's next game is scheduled against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Apr 22.

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