Parag, Archer take Rajasthan Royals to thrilling win as KKR slump to sixth straight defeat

Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in IPL-12 on Thursday. In this exciting match played at the Eden Gardens ground, Rajasthan has won four balls remaining. This is Kolkata’s sixth consecutive defeat. Kolkata offered a strong challenge of 176 runs in front of the hosts, whose bowlers could not defend.

In reply, Rajasthan achieved this target at a loss of 7 wickets in 19.2 overs. Rajasthan needed 9 runs to win in the last over of the Prasidh Krishna. Jofra Archer, who was on strike, hit four in the first ball and then hit six on the next and added 2 points for his team.

Riyan Parag (47) scored the highest runs for Rajasthan. He planted 5 fours and two sixes in his 31-ball innings. Jaffra Archer 27 runs in 12 balls. Piyush Chawla took three wickets, Sunil Narine got two wickets, Andre Russell, and Prasidh Krishna got 1-1 wickets.

With this win, Rajasthan’s playoffs reached the expectations are still alive. Rajasthan’s team is in seventh place in the points table with 8 points after four wins in 11 games. Another side, Kolkata is in the sixth position in the points table with 8 points after four wins in 11 matches. Two-time champion Kolkata had performed brilliantly at the start of the season, but in the middle of the league, KKR  got off from victory line.

Twenty-two matches have been played in the IPL by the two teams. Of which Kolkata have won 10 matches and Rajasthan have won in 10 matches. Kolkata’s elevation in Eden Gardens has been huge. Both teams have played 8 times on the field so far. In which Kolkata team won in 6 matches, Rajasthan could only win in two matches.

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