IPL 2023, GT vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pulled a rabbit out of the hat after beating Gujarat Titans by three wickets after Rinku Singh’s six-hitting spree.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 9, 2023 19:37 IST
Rinku Singh smashes 5 sixes off 5 balls as KKR beat GT in ultimate over-thriller. Courtesy: AP
By Sabyasachi Chowdhury: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Sunday, April 9, defeated Gujarat Titans (GT) by three wickets on the Narendra Modi Stadium after Rinku Singh pulled off a stupendous effort throughout the ultimate over. The Titans needed 29 to defend throughout the ultimate over, nonetheless Rinku hit Yash Dayal for five sixes in a row to take KKR dwelling.
The Titans obtained off to a brisk start, scoring 54 runs throughout the powerplay, although they misplaced the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha. After Saha departed, Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan positioned on 67 runs for the second wicket off 7.2 overs to place the platform for the Titans. Sunil Narine separated the duo after eliminating Gill, who scored 39 runs off 31 balls with 5 fours.
Sudharsan carried on collectively along with his spectacular run of type after he scored 53 runs off 38 balls with three fours and two sixes. Suyash Sharma, who picked up three wickets on his IPL debut in direction of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), obtained the wicket of Abhinav Manohar, who was threatening to play some huge footage.
But the Titans obtained the much-needed momentum from Vijay Shankar, who checked out his greatest with the bat in hand. The veteran raced off to a half-century off 21 balls. Shankar stayed unbeaten on 63 runs off 24 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes.
It was because of Shankar’s knock that helped the Titans go earlier the 200-run mark of their innings. After opting to bat first, GT scored 204 for the shortage of 4 wickets. Narine was the resolve of the KKR bowlers after he accomplished with figures of 4-0-33-3.
KKR obtained off to a fairly sedate start as they scored 43 runs throughout the powerplay. Most importantly, they misplaced the important wickets of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and N Jagadeesan, who had modified Mandeep Singh. But Venkatesh Iyer, who received right here in as an Impact Player for Suyash Sharma, saved KKR’s hopes alive with a half-century off 26 balls.
Iyer and Nitish Rana positioned on 100 runs for the third wicket to make it doable for the Knights didn’t fall behind the 8-ball. The left-handed Rana moreover obtained once more amongst the runs, scoring 45 runs sooner than Alzarri Joseph accounted for his wicket.
Just when Iyer was looking for to finish the match off for the Knights, he obtained out to Joseph whereas making an attempt to go downtown. The southpaw scored 83 runs off 40 balls with 5 sixes and eight fours. Rashid Khan delivered the physique blow after dismissing Andre Russell, who carried out his a hundredth IPL match.
But Rinku Singh had completely different ideas. With 29 runs needed off the ultimate over, Rinku smashed Yash Dayal for five sixes in a row to take KKR dwelling off the ultimate ball. He stayed unbeaten on 48 runs off 21 balls with one 4 and 6 sixes.
Apr 9, 2023