Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi starred with the ball, as Kolkata Knight Riders bundled out Rajasthan Royals for 85, securing a 86-win in a must win IPL 2021 match in Sharjah On Thursday. The win has secured a play-off berth for Eoin Morgan’s side, on virtue of a highly healthy net run-rate.
Shakib Al Hasan removed Yashasvi Jaiswal for a three-ball duck, before Lockie Ferguson (3/18) and Shivam Mavi (4/21) unleashed their raw pace to reduce Rajasthan Royals to 13/4 and subsequently 35/7 during their run-chase of 172.
Rahul Tewatia’s 36-ball 44 was barely a consolation, as was good enough only to delay the result rather than altering it, as RR were eventually bundled out for 85 to give KKR a thumping 86-run win. It was the lowest team total at IPL 2021, after RR’s 90/9 in their previous outing against Mumbai Indians at the same venue on Tuesday.
Earlier, Shubman Gill scored a well compiled 44-ball 56, and Venkatesh Iyer (38) and Rahul Tripathi (21) made crucial contributions, as KKR finished at 171/4 after being put in to bat. The Knight Riders scored 102 in their last 10 overs, which propelled them to the highest score in Sharjah this season.
KKR secured a fourth position in the points table with 14 points and a net run-rate of +0.587. They’d only be robbed of a playoffs berth, should Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs in their last league fixture on Friday.
RCB VS KKR!
Outstanding performance by team KKR in their last must win league match #KKRvsRR. A comprehensive win, now they’ll qualify to the playoffs easily. MOM Mavi. Goodbye MI.— 𝐉𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧 (@aka_dpu) October 7, 2021
Best wishes - DD, CSK, RCB, and KKR for #IPL2O21’s knockout matches. pic.twitter.com/nIT8GvjaXW
A collective team effort of @KKRiders a dominating entry to the playoffs, what a match what a performer from e everyone @Eoin16 @ShivamMavi23 @ShubmanGill @VarunChakraborty @lockieferguson— Ashim Jyoti (@iAshimJt) October 7, 2021
Hoping for the trophy #KKRvsRR
THAT WAS A KNOCKOUT PUNCH!
This is excellent from Kolkata Knight Riders. From being in contention for the wooden spoon coming into the 2nd leg, not only have they won 5 of their 7 games and virtually qualified for play-offs, but currently have the best NRR among all teams! #KKRvsRR #KKR #IPL #IPL2O21— Aditya Warty (@AnalystAdi) October 7, 2021
WHAT A TEAM!
WHAT A WIN!
#KKRvsRR We won by 86 freaking runs!!— im Sneh Sourav (@snehbackksourav) October 7, 2021
Vintage KKR 💜
We are qualified finally 🎊
There was a time when we had no hopes but our team improved so much that it's in qualifications now 💜
So proud of Purple Army 💜#KKRvsRR #AmiKKR #KKR pic.twitter.com/UG6pL8NqW5
Match No 54— Real Saurav Dubey 🇮🇳 (@realsauravdubey) October 7, 2021
Well Played guys💜💜🔥🔥🔥
Finally we are in Playoff 🤩🤩🥳🥳🥳🥳
Congratulations Team @KKRiders
Thank you for win it's important for us.#KKR #KKRvsRR #KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/GPjeqHI8vN
WELL PLAYED KKR!
Well played KKR Never expected that you will reach playoffs in this season but what a turnaround this has been. Well deserved. Played like true knights. Go well in playoffs. Love this team till the moon and back!!!— Rise n Shine 🌟 (@Susmita__gtm) October 7, 2021
PAINT THE WORLD PURPLE 💜#KKRvsRR