Skipper Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 97 off 50 balls went in vain as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a three-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals -- courtesy of a late cameo from Jofra Archer -- in Kolkata yesterday.
After being asked to bat first, Kolkata rode on Karthik’s valiant effort to post a challenging 175 for six.
Following the exchange, Rajasthan got off to a good start as opener Ajinkya Rahane scored 34 off 21 balls before getting dismissed in the sixth over. After that, Riyan Parag’s 47 off 31 balls and a late 12-ball 27-run cameo from Archer eventually helped Rajasthan win with four balls to spare.
Scores in Brief
KKR: 175 for six in 20 overs (Karthik 97 not out, Rana 21; Aaron 2-20)
RR: 177 for seven in 19.2 overs (Parag 47, Archer 27 not out; Chawla 3-20)
Result: Rajasthan Royals won by three wickets.