Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers bowl out Rajasthan Royals to 142
Kolkata, May 15 (IBNS): A disciplined bowling by Kolkata Knight Riders bowled out Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals to 142 in 19 overs in a crucial match towards the end of the league stage in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.
Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik’s decision to invite Rajasthan to strike the ball first was taken a beating as the visitors started off their innings with some aggressive shots.
Though Shivam Mavi began his bowling spell conceding just two in the first over, Rajasthan openers- Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi- topped the Kolkata bowling unit by piling 47 runs in the next two overs of the innings.
While Tripathi smashed Krishna three fours and a six in the second over, Buttler went for four fours and two sixes in the following over, which was bowled by Mavi.
Kolkata had to wait till the fifth over, which was bowled by Andre Russell (2/13), when Tripathi (27 off 15) was dismissed caught behind by Karthik.
Slowly establishing a control in the match, Kuldeep Yadav (4/20) picked Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11) and Buttler (39 off 22), who was stumped by Karthik, in the eighth and ninth overs respectively.
Buttler’s dismissal was followed by the continuous fall of wickets, enabling the home team choke Rajasthan in the death overs.