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IPL 2021: Kolkata beat Rajasthan by 86 runs

Fired-up KKR hammer RR, all but qualify for play-offs and jolt MI hopes

IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight RIders came up with a dominant performance in Sharjah on Thursday as they hammered Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs. With the win that took them to 14 points, the 2-time champions are all but assured of a spot in the play-offs.

KKR are likely to finish in the final 4, enter the play-offs of IPL 2021

KKR came up with a fearless approach with the bat to post 171 on a sluggish Sharjah pitch

Defending champions Mumbai need a miracle to upstage KKR in the top 4

It seems Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t want to play the waiting game. They have had enough of it over the last few years. The 2-time champions have all but secured a place in the play-offs of IPL 2021 after hammering Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs in Match 54 in Sharjah on Thursday.

Chasing 172, Rajasthan Royals were bundled out for 85 as Eoin Morgan’s men were spot on on the field, led by fiery bowling spells from Shivam Mavi (4/21) and Lockie Ferguson (3/18).

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With the resounding win, Kolkata Knight Riders have dealt a big blow to defending champions Mumbai Indians’s hopes of sneaking it into the final 4 as they need a miracle on Friday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are assured of the wooden spoon. Also, KKR have ended the hopes of Punjab Kings who rode on a classical 98 not out from KL Rahul to hammer Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets on Thursday.

While KKR have solidified their 4th spot on the IPL 2021 points table, going to 14 points with a Net Run Rate of +0.587, only Mumbai Indians can go level with them. PBKS are at the 6th spot with 12 points while RR haven’t managed to go past 10.

After posting 171 on a sluggish pitch in Sharjah, Kolkata Knight Riders came out all guns blazing with the ball. Shakib Al Hasan started it all by picking up the wicket of the in-form Yashasvi Jaiswal as early as the first over. Shivam Mavi got the big wicket of Sanju Samson, denting RR’s hopes and the breaking hearts of Mumbai Indians fans who would have keenly followed the action in Sharjah.

Wickets fell like a pack of cards as Lockie Ferguson, who came into the side after recovering from a niggle, bowled gas. He got the wicket of Liam Livingstone and Anuj Rawat in the same over before Shivam Mavi struck in the 8th over to remove Glenn Phillips and Shivam Dube to break the back of RR’s batting unit.

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