Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets thereby putting an end to their losing streak in this year’s IPL.
Thanks to Nitish Rana and Anukul Roy, KKR successfully chased 152 runs to emerge winners.
Shreyas Iyer, KKR skipper, said, ‘Right from the powerplay when our bowlers conceded just 36 runs and took a wicket, it was just the start we needed.
We have been talking about Umesh right from the start. He has increased his pace, bowls those hard lengths and as a captain you just have to give him the ball to deliver. Whenever I give Sunil Narine the ball, he gets me wickets, but the batsmen don’t take chances against him. He is very economical, but when he gets a wicket, he gets a big one. The way Rinku is maintaining is calm, playing only his second or third game, is outstanding.
He is a great asset for the franchise for the future. The way he gets his stays, he doesn’t look like a newcomer. We are looking for a good start. I love pressure, but it sweats a lot of me to build the innings in every game. Before the start of the game, I told Mavi, Rinku and Anukul to take the tough positions in the field. Mavi’s catch of Buttler was superb.’