Twitter Reactions: Archer and Parag blitzkrieg eclipses Karthik’s 97 at the Eden Gardens
Parag was superlative with the bat, having scored 47 from 31 balls.
Published - Apr 26, 2019 12:00 am | Updated - Apr 26, 2019 12:00 am
The match between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) turned out to be a closely-fought one. The game went down to the last over and with nine runs required off it, Jofra Archer hit a four and a six off Prasidh Krishna to help the Royals win the encounter by three wickets. It was RR’s first win against KKR since 2008 even as the hosts are almost knocked out from this edition’s IPL.
Karthik weaves his magic
The Royals won the toss and elected to field on the belter of a wicket. The decision immediately paid dividends as Varun Aaron cleaned up Chris Lynn in the first over. Shubman Gill hit two fours before becoming the speedster’s second victim. Nitish Rana couldn’t find his timing either and crawled to a 26-ball 21. The tactic to send Sunil Narine in the middle order didn’t work as he could only manage 11 runs.
Andre Russell came to bat in the 12th over but looked in discomfort. He was dropped two times, but he couldn’t cash in on the lifelines and got out after scoring a run-a-ball 14. At the other end, Dinesh Karthik scored his half-century in 35 balls. DK kept accelerating and remained not out on 97 from 50 balls with seven fours and nine sixes. He guided the Knights to a substantial score of 175 in 20 overs.
Archer and Parag carve victory for RR
Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson started the Royals’ run-chase with a quickfire stand of 53 runs off 32 balls that set the platform for the rest of the innings. Rahane played his strokes and scored 34 from 21 with two fours. Narine trapped him plumb in front to break the partnership. In the next over, Piyush Chawla removed Samson. In the very next over, Narine accounted for the prized scalp of Steve Smith.
Ben Stokes hit two fours and the holed out to Russell off Chawla. Stuart Binny was the fifth wicket to go down. Riyan Parag strained a wee bit, but he gained momentum. He brought the target down to 31 in the last three overs. He got out hit-wicket after getting 47 from 31 balls with five boundaries and two sixes. Jofra Archer played a blinder of 27 from 12 to take the Royals’ over the finishing line.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the game
— Avinash Sharma (@avinashrcsharma) April 25, 2019
This Riyan Parag has something really special in him. Every one talks about Gill & Shaw, just look at his temperament & maturity he is showing at this stage of match. He is just 17, and will go up and up from here. Wanna see him more.
Sad for Russell.#KKRvRR
— Sanaya Maheshwari (@SanayaEklavya) April 25, 2019
well ….what match it was …..i think RIYAN PARAG has set the game for RR …..another future star in making ….very calm under pressure …..in the end good finish by Archer …well done RR On the win ….#KKRvRR
— Ganesh sobanapuram (@imGANESH25) April 25, 2019
Kkr had almost won this game until a 17year old boy Riyan parag took away the game from them 👏👏Good to see young talents in IPL
— Nishom (@iamnishom) April 25, 2019
— Chowkidar J R D (@J_R_D2210) April 25, 2019
Game over!!! Congratulations @rajasthanroyals and importantly they stay alive in the tournament!
— Chowkidar #Bhavik Aparnathi (@Bhavik91262467) April 25, 2019
— Deep J. Deka (দীপ জ্যোতি) (@djd_here) April 25, 2019
— Monika🦋 #Yellove #ForTheThrone (@thedigitalsavvy) April 25, 2019
What a talent this kid #RiyanParag is! So cool, calm & collected in such pressure situation! He was hit on helmet, but played more aggressively & sensibly after! Remember he is just 17 yr old, playing infront of a big Kolkata crowd. He needs to be nurtured. #KKRvRR #IPL2019
— ThatCricketGuy (@abhijeetsarap) April 25, 2019
This Riyan Parag looks a serious cricketer. Didn't think he'd grow so much in a year, when I watched him at the U19 WC last year, but he has. The kid can play!
— Aaditya Narayan (@Aaditya_LFC) April 25, 2019
— Deepak Nair (@blahblah_dodo) April 25, 2019
Riyan Parag well played boy…👌#RRvKKR
— SANKET 30 (@iSanket_363) April 25, 2019
— Azor Ahai (@iAzorAhai_) April 25, 2019
— Kush Dedhia Mufc (@kushdedhia) April 25, 2019
Riyan Parag is a serious player!
— Rohan (@KhiaraRohan) April 25, 2019
Dinesh Kartik's innings goes in vain
Is #KKR still in the hunt ???
— Dhruvin Panchamia (@Dhruvin_04) April 25, 2019
— Bhavesh Lamba (@LambaBhavesh) April 25, 2019
— Rakesh Mulchandani (@Rakesh26thsep) April 25, 2019
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) April 25, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 25, 2019
KKR’s last six IPL matches:
L, L, L, L, L, L
KKR’s last four IPL matches at Kolkata:
L, L, L, L #KKRvRR
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 25, 2019
If England don’t want Jofra Archer, I’m very happy to have him in this Indian team 🤷🏻♂️
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) April 25, 2019
This will hurt @KKRiders the most. 5 down and it should have been a closed game. Well played Riyan Parag. Second time this tournament. Prasidh two in two in the slot. Not a single proper Yorker.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 25, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 25, 2019