Kuldeep Yadav, India’s left arm wrist spinner ensured his franchise’s victory over the rival royals by taking up 4 wickets at the expense of 20 runs. His outstanding piece of bowling ensured KKR’s 6 wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.
Kuldeep Yadav , slow left arm chinaman tore apart the Rajasthan’s batting lineup with a wicket in every over which resulted in Rajasthan being restricted to 142 in 19 overs.
KKR’s decision of opting to bowl seemed like a fatal one in the powerplay overs . Shivam Mavi had a terrific first over which kept the Rajasthan Royals on their toes. But it looked like Buttler and Rahul Tripathi had some plans of their own. They started banging the KKR’s bowlers over the fences. The kind of bashing KKR received , it looked as if they might be chasing a total of 220+ in 20 overs .
Breakthrough after the powerplay over
Thanks to Andre Russell for picking up Rahul Tripathi’s wicket in the 5th over and giving KKR the much needed breakthrough . Still, with the kind of foundation Buttler and Tripathi had estalished for RR, they seemed invincible against KKR. It was when Dinesh Karthik brought in the left arm spinner , Kuldeep Yadav who completely dominated the Rajasthan’s unit from the start.
He dismissed Rajasthan’s skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second ball of his over for mere 11 runs . But it was only in his second over, when Kuldeep got out Stokes when bowling around the wicket that sealed the fate of RR. The middle order and lower middle order players dispersed like a pack of cards.
Kuldeep Yadav registers his career best figures in IPL
Kuldeep had a dismal performance against Mumbai Indians, when Ishan Kishan smoked him for 4 consecutive sixes in an over . Coming in from that phase , to ensuring career best figures in IPL would have cheered him up a bit.
A four wicket haul at the expense of mere 20 runs is worth applauding. At one point of the game, RR were riding high at 63 for no loss. In a matter of few overs , the tables turned to 107 for 7 wickets and thus RR were struggling hard to survive till the 19th over.
Narine’s scintillating knock of 21 runs of 7 deliveries , backed by Chris lynn’s 45 of 42 balls helped KKR reach a good position. Dinesh Karthik too played a steady captain’s knock of 41 of 31 balls. Ben Stokes would have been the only player from Rajasthan’s side to have given KKR a run for their money.
While the KKR still has a chance of making it to the playoffs, Rajasthan Royals now have to rely on the outcome of other games to ensure a position in the top 4. With Buttler and Stokes now out of the picture, RR would have to look at other match winners for their team .
KKR on the other side continues to shine with their star studded team led by wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik. They are now at the 3rd position in the points table with 14 points in their 13 matches .