Youngster Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti impressed with the ball as Kolkata Knight Riders registered their second win by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
After being sent in by RR, KKR got off to a decent start, with Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine putting up 36 runs for the first wicket, before Narine after scoring a six and a four off consecutive balls, was bowled by Jaydev Unadkat.
Nitish Rana joined Gill, and the two were involved in a 46 run stand for the second wicket, before Rahul Tewatia broke the stand by claiming the wicket of Rana for 22.
Jofra Archer who bowled some quick deliveries was brought back into the attack in the eleventh over, and the move worked as he struck with his first ball, by dismissing the well set Shubman Gill for a well compiled 47 off 34 balls, and skipper Dinesh Karthik who was undone by a beauty from Archer.
Andre Russell who was promoted up the order, seemed a little rusty at the start and was troubled by the short deliveries. However after smashing three sixes he was caught by Unadkt off Ankit Rajpoot for a quickfire 24.
A 23-ball 34 by England skipper Eoin Morgan along with some useful contributions from the lower-order propelled KKR to a competitive total of 174/6 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/18, while Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Tom Curran and Rahul Tewatia claimed a wicket each.
Chasing 176, Rajasthan Royals got of to a bad start by losing Steve Smith for just 3 runs by Pat Cummins in the second over.
In form Sanju Samson could not replicate his form, as he was caught by Narine off Shivam Mavi.
Jos Buttler continued attacking the bowlers by scoring a breezy 21, before he became Mavi’s second victim of the day.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti ran through the Rajasthan middle order by dismissing Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag for 2 & 1 respectively.
Rahul Tewatia was unable to repeat his heroics from the previous match, as he was bowled by Varun Chakravarthy for 14.
Tom Curran was the lone man standing by scoring a quickfire 54, as Rajasthan Royals finished at 137/9, giving Kolkata Knight Riders a 37 run win.
Shivam Mavi was declared the Player of the Match.