Barbadian Jofra Archer, bought at a whopping Rs. 7.2 crore, contributed in a big way to the first two game-changing events of the crucial match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at a filled-up Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. So, one of them would get the chance to qualify for the next level.
It will be a clash of third vs fourth with both the teams being levelled with 12 points from as many games. After conceding four sixes here in the final over of the World T20 final and sitting disconsolately on his haunches, he came back to win the Man of the Match award in an ODI against India at this venue a few months later.
The short answer is, yes. He moved forward to play the ball but Karthik reacted quickly and dislodged the bails.
Karthik and Andre Russell (11 n.o. off 5) batted aggressively to see off the chase with plenty to spare.
He has been named in the next month's one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.
KKR bled 46 runs in 10 balls as the pair brought up their 50-run stand in 20 balls. Kolkata will have to beat RR with a big margin today to ensure KXIP can not topple them over with a better NRR. Rahul played well and left the ground with victory. They will end the season having opened together only once. The Rajasthan Royals were skittled out for 142 in 19 overs. Batting at No.9, Ish Sodhi was out caught behind in a weird way. Tripathi was soon dismissed and skipper Ajinkya Rahane took his place.
Their assault included a 10-ball boundary streak - an IPL record. The three batsmen worse than him are: Quinton de Kock (-41), Gautam Gambhir (-41) and D'Arcy Short (-39).
Rahane still believes Royals can make the play-offs.
Rajasthan's man in form Jos Buttler (38), who had scored five successive half centuries, then blazed Mavi for 28 runs with two sixes and four boundaries in the third over.
Tripathi was dropped off the first ball of the match by Rana at wide slip-off Mavi, who leaked only two runs in the opening over.
A spinner to Narine in the first over? We thought 175-180 was the score possible on this wicket.
Kuldeep bowled Rahane with his second ball of the night.
Chris Lynn (45) then took the reins of the innings after the departure of Narine. Sanju Samson misjudged the length of one and was pinned to the crease, Stuart Binny failed to pick a googly, and Ben Stokes was beaten in flight as he chipped a return catch.
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