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Shah Rukh Khan thanks Dinesh Karthik and his team for their brilliant performance against RR

The Knight Riders will now face the Sunrisers in the eliminator tomorrow.

Actor and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.
Actor and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo: Dhananjay TK/IANS)

The iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata witnessed a spectacular and remarkable encounter last night between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2018 Eliminator. The Dinesh Karthik-led recorded a sensational win by 25 runs by making a resounding comeback in the last few overs of the game.

During the 62-run partnership between RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson, the visitors seemed to be cruising through easy victory, however, the KKR bowlers brought their side back into a winning position after scalping some crucial wickets. KKR franchise co-owner Shah Rukh Khan congratulated and thanked the whole unit for their magnificent performance last night.

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Gowtham’s fine opening spell and Karthik’s calming knock

The Royals off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham bowled a terrific opening spell to scalp the prized wickets of Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa to provide the early jitters in the KKR dugout. The home side looked in a nervy troublesome situation when they were reduced to 51-4 after 8 overs.

However, the KKR skipper played a composed knock of 52 runs off 38 balls to take his team towards a challenging total and Karthik was well supported by young Shubman Gill who joined his skipper in a 55-run partnership for the fifth wicket. In the end, big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell contributed with an explosive cameo to help his side post 169 runs on the board.

RR top-order provides a splendid opening but the middle order fails to finish on a high

In the crucial run-chase in the deciding encounter, the two RR openers Rahane and Rahul Tripathi provided a steady start and following the latter’s dismissal, Samson held on the innings with his skipper. The duo added 62-runs for the second wicket, while during their partnership the required run-rate was also under their control.

However, the KKR bowlers made a fine comeback into the game by picking up the wickets of Rahane and Samson, which imposed serious pressure on the fidgety RR middle-order. The bowlers never allowed the Royals batters to recover and recorded a resounding win to advance through to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier 2 on 25th May.

Thankx everyone for the joy u are bringing to all of us

The Bollywood actor Shah Rukh thanked KKR skipper Karthik and his whole team for their amazing performance in the must-win encounter, through his recent Twitter post. He also especially praised Under 19 batsman Shubman for his contribution under pressure during the partnership with the skipper.

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