In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs in the second match of the double header on Thursday. Kolkata, batting first after losing the toss, scored 171 for four in the allotted 20 overs and then bundled out Rajasthan for just 85 runs in 16.1 overs. This is the lowest score ever made by Rajasthan in IPL. Rahul Tewatia scored 44 runs for Rajasthan. Shivam Mavi bowled his career best for Kolkata, taking four wickets for 21 runs in 3.1 overs. Apart from them, Lockie Ferguson took three wickets and Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakraborty took one wicket each.

Chasing a huge target of 172 runs from Kolkata, Rajasthan lost the wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal in the third ball itself. Jaiswal got out without opening the account. After that the team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. The team lost its four big wickets inside the powerplay itself. Due to the continuous fall of wickets, she could not even reach near Kolkata’s score and was reduced to 85 runs in 16.1 overs. This is the lowest score of Rajasthan in the history of IPL. Rahul Tewatia fought alone for the team, who scored 44 runs in 36 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Apart from him Shivam Dubey contributed 18 runs. The rest of the batting could not even reach double digits.

Earlier, electing to bat first after losing the toss, Kolkata scored a mammoth total of 171 runs for four wickets. Shubman Gill played the highest innings of 56 runs for the team. This is his ninth in the IPL and his second consecutive half-century this season. Apart from him, Venkatesh Iyer scored 38 runs. Nitish Rana contributed 12 and Rahul Tripathi contributed 21 runs. In the end, Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten 14 and captain Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 13 to take the team to a strong score. Chris Morris, Chetan Sakaria, Rahul Tewatia and Glenn Phillips took one wicket each for Rajasthan.

With this win, Kolkata Knight Riders’s access to the playoffs is almost certain. The team has 14 points from 14 matches and is at number four in the table with a good net run rate. On the other hand, Punjab Kings also have 12 points from the same number of matches, but Punjab are officially out of the race for the playoffs. Punjab is at number five. Mumbai Indians are at number six with 13 points from 13 matches and it is now impossible to reach the playoffs. Mumbai’s next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday and Mumbai will have to beat Hyderabad by 171 runs to reach the playoffs. If Mumbai fails to do so, Kolkata will become the fourth and last team to reach the playoffs.

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