Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Thursday 7-10-2021 – 54th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Royals win the toss and bowl first.
Samson: “It has been easy to bowl here. The way the wicket behaved here [the other day] was completely different to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.” Four changes today.
From what Samson could remember: Livingstone for Lewis, Unadkat for Gopal, Rawat for Miller, and Morris in for someone.
Morgan: “We don’t need to look too far ahead. We are looking forward to the last group game for us.” Ferguson in for Southee.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Shivam Mavi, 11 Varun Chakravarthy.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Liam Livingstone, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 Anuj Rawat, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Michael Gough, Saiyed Khalid
TV Umpires – Yeshwant Barde
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Navdeep Singh
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Match No 54th
“It was a much better wicket we got last time. This was staying low… 171 was easy chaseable on this wicket with the batting line-up we have. We wanted to execute whatever we planned, but we didn’t do it today. I am very proud of the character we showed. We were losing some easy games.
We wanted to do well mindset-wise. We need to play a better standard of cricket. Those were the challenges [losing Stokes, Buttler, and Archer]… Being the captain, I changed the way I look at my innings. I look at the conditions and the batsmen around me. Always thinking about the match situation… That got me a bit more runs…”
“Tried to bowl the natural, hard length as much as possible. Credit must go to the batters… We watched the Mumbai game here over the weekend… Just icing [the niggle] and jogging around there. The medical team at KKR is fantastic. Impressive young bowler [Mavi]. Bowls clearly according to his plans. He’s got a bit unlucky at times… It’s awesome to see him develop over the years…”
Post match presentation
“I don’t think it could have got better. Losing the toss and batting was difficult. The start we got was fantastic. Gill and Iyer have been our shining light. To get 170 we thought was in a commanding position. A really strong performance today. Having aggressive players coming in the middle order helped us kick.
Shakib coming in and performing the way he has in the last two games has made replacing Andre Russell easier. He has contributed massively. We are taking it day by day [with Russell], so he’s working incredibly hard. Fingers crossed. I hope [I can play golf tomorrow]. I am not too attached to things as to what will happen and what won’t happen… We have done everything tonight. We deserved to win…”
Shivam Mavi is the Player of the Match:
“[Performance in important time] Very happy to do this in this stage of the game. The plan was to bowl wicket-to-wicket and not give room. Because the ball was staying low. [Transition from U-19 to IPL, what have you learned?] When I was playing U-19, I came to KKR. You have to keep learning when you arrive, and I have learned when to use the slower balls when to bowl the yorkers, and what to deliver in which period of the game. [Favourite wicket?] Shivam Dube’s. When you get someone lbw or bowled, you feel good as a bowler. We’ve done what we need to. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”