Late Batting collapse costs Kolkata; 6 Wickets fall for two runs

Ravin Tambe followed with a hat-trick
Ravin Tambe followed with a hat-trick
Ravin Tambe followed with a hat-trick

[] – The Kolkata Knight riders crowned off the record of bad performances when their bottom order faltered under pressure on Monday, May 5.

Chasing down 171, the Kolkata side lost 6 wickets in the space of two runs; in what is seen as a rude awakening.

The opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir slammed 121 before the later departed for 54 off 34 deliveries; hitting 6 fours and 1 six; representing the fall of the batting.

Uthappa departed two deliveries later in the third ball of the 14th over for 65 off 52 balls inclusive of 5 fours and 3 sixes.

Then Came Andre Russell, who was bowled by Shane Watson which added insult to the injury.

Murali Pandey departed the crease for a golden duck and trouble with the Kolkata batting continued, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan Ten Doeschate each falling for the same figure.

In the end, Shakib Al Hassan steadied the innings enough to make 21 off 14 but it was not enough to bring the team home, Suryakumar Yadav standing by his side for a patient 9 from 17.

The duo spared the side the humiliating feat of being all out; they ended on 160 for the loss 8.Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair gave Rajasthan Royals a positive start

Watson and Pravin Tambe each took three wickets for 21 and 26 from their maximum number of overs.

Earlier, the Rajasthan batting was hinged on the top order, Ajinkya Rahane making 30 from 22, Karun Nair 44 from 35, Sanju Sampson 37 from 31 and Watson 31 from 20 as they ended on 170 for 6.

Sunil Narine and Vinay Kumar each had 2 wickets for 28 and 42 respectively off four overs each. Al Hassan had one wicket in his four overs.



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