Kolkata Knight Riders register a comprehensive 37-run convert Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match here on Wednesday.Mavi and Nagarkoti, who battled injuries within the last two seasons, claimed two wickets apiece, while Varun Chakravarthy also got two to limit the Royals to 137 for 9 in 20 overs while chasing a target of 175.This was after star Australian pacer Pat Cummins (1/19 from 3 overs) dismissed Steve Smith (3) because the Royals crumbled on a difficult run chase to suffer their first defeat after two successive wins.
For KKR, this was their second successive victory and that they jumped to second spot behind Delhi Capitals.The margin of defeat would are much bigger except for Tom Curran who remained unbeaten on 54 (from 36 balls) for a campaign .The casual and carefree manner of batting by the Royals top-order was baffling after Smith opted to field.Jos Buttler and Smith started the proceedings looking to hit every ball during a 12-run first over off Sunil Narine.In-form Smith survived a dropped catch off Cummins but perished caught-behind taking an inside-edge.
Mavi (2/20 from 4 overs) then ended the dream run of Sanju Samson (8), executing an ideal bouncer, and followed it up by getting the dangerous-looking Jos Buttler (21 off 16) dismissed after power-play to possess the Royals top-three out for 39.Nagarkoti (2/13 from 2 overs) then joined the party, picking the wickets of Robin Uthappa (2) and Riyan Parag (1) within the space of 4 balls in his first over.
It was everywhere for the Royals after mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (2/25 from 4 overs) grabbed the wickets of their last match hero Rahul Tewatia (14) and Jofra Archer (6).Earlier, KKR found a quick and furious Jofra Archer too hot to handle as they were restricted to 174 for 6 after being sent in to bat.
Archer (2/18) hit the deck hard and clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament (152.1 kph) during a fiery spell, taking two key wickets of KKR -- in-form opener Shubman Gill (47 from 34 balls) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (1).Archer dismissed Gill three runs in need of a second successive fifty. In his next over, Archer dismissed Karthik with a beauty, filled with pace that went straight with a touch of inswing and therefore the KKR skipper was forced to play, edging straight to Jos Buttler.
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