Match 13, Ahmedabad, April 09, 2023, 03:30 PM
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Gujarat Titans by 3 wickets
Man of the Match
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Rinku Singh is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his match-winning knock of 48 off just 21 balls.
Earlier in the game, Gujarat posted a huge total thanks to a smashing knock from Vijay Shankar of 63 runs off just 24 balls and a classy one from Sai Sudharsan. Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers for Kolkata for his three wickets. Coming to the chase, Venkatesh Iyer played brilliantly but the hero was Rinku Singh for his five sixes in the last over which took his side over the line.
Gujarat will be heartbroken as they know they have let this one go. They were behind till the 16th over. However, after getting hit in his first three overs, Rashid Khan saved his last over for Andre Russell and that turned out to be a masterstroke as he got rid of Dre Russ on the very first delivery and ended up with a hat-trick which turned things around massively for the home team. In the last over, Yash Dayal lost control and will want to erase this game from his memory as they suffered a defeat here.
Kolkata got off to a slow start and lost both openers quite early. After that, Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana steadied their ship and also scored runs quickly as they stitched up a 100-run stand before the skipper got dismissed. Iyer continued his onslaught and smashed it all around the park but with the pressure of the required rate, he holed out after blasting 83 runs off just 40 balls which put the away side in a strong position with the big hitters still to come. However, they suffered an extraordinary collapse as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Shardul Thakur became victims of a brilliant Rashid Khan hat-trick. But, when everything seemed over, Rinku Singh stepped up and how! Kolkata smashed 31 runs off the final over to get over the line which has never happened in the history of this league.
Remember the name, Rinku Singh! He has pulled off a stunner here and Kolkata has won a game where they were down and out coming into the last over and after the Rashid Khan hat-trick. They needed 29 runs in the last over and Rinku Singh managed to hit fives sixes on the last five balls to make this a special day for Kolkata. We have witnessed something extraordinary here!
In over# 20
Yash Dayal 69/0(4)
SIX! RINKU SINGH HAS PULLED OFF A REMARKABLE RUN CHASE! He has smacked five sixes in the last 5 balls to take Kolkata beyond the finish line. Yash Dayal bowls another slower one, short again and on middle, Rinku Singh sends this one over the bowler's head for another maximum.
SIX! Rinku Singh has deposited this for the fourth six in a row! Yash Dayal bowls a slower one, short and outside off, Rinku Singh picks it up early and slaps it over the wide long on fence for a biggie.
SIX! Three sixes in a row and the game is completely alive! Yash Dayal bowls yet another full toss this time wide outside off. Rinku Singh dispatches this over deep cover-point for the third six of the over. 10 runs are required in 2 balls!
SIX! Back-to-back sixes and Rinku Singh is putting the pressure on Yash Dayal! This is a low full toss bowled into the stumps. Rinku Singh gets inside the line of the ball and paddles this over deep backward square leg for six more runs. Just 16 runs are needed now in three.
SIX! Rinku Singh is keeping the hopes of the Kolkata fans alive here! Yash Dayal bowls this full and outside the off stump. Rinku Singh strokes this beautifully into the air towards deep cover for a six! 22 runs needed in four balls.
Yash Dayal bowls this short and outside the off stump. Umesh Yadav mistimes his pull towards long on for a single.
In over# 19
Joshua Little 45/1(4)
FOUR! A good finish to the over for Kolkata! This is short and outside off. Rinku Singh gets inside the line of the ball and smacks this towards deep square leg for four runs. 29 runs are needed in the last over.
SIX! Kolkata need many more of these! This is bowled full and outside off. Rinku Singh thumps this back down ground over the bowler's head for a maximum.
Goes full and onto the pads. Rinku Singh sweeps this down to fine leg and collects a run.
Nails the yorker just outside off. Rinku Singh digs this out back towards the bowler.
A low full toss outside off. Umesh Yadav looks to go hard at the ball but gets a faint outside edge on the bounce to the keeper. They steal a run though to bring Rinku Singh on strike.