IPL 2019 KKR vs RCB: Aaron’s double-strike, Karthik’s lone hand, Parag’s maturity and another talking points

In match 43 of IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets to move up one place on the IPL points table.

Chasing a target of 177 after KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik hit 97* off 50 balls, Rajasthan won with four deliveries left in the game.

Here are the highlights of the match:

Aaron’s double strike

Playing only his second game of the IPL season, Varun Aaron got a green-tinged track at Eden Gardens and utilised it superbly in his first spell in which he removed both KKR openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill early.

Off the third ball of the game, Aaron bowled Lynn for 0 with a delivery that skidded back into the right hander who mistimed his attempted cut shot. In the fifth over, Gill was bowled by a lovely delivery from Aarun which swung back in to hit the stumps. Not long afterwards, Aaron took a low catch at point to get rid of Nitesh Rana.

Aaron’s night got better when he returned an accurate throw from deep square leg to run out Sunil Narine. Aaron’s figures of 2/20 in four overs, one catch and a run out saw him named Man of the Match.

READ: IPL 2019 points table, Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders updated

Karthik blasts, but plays a lone hand

KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik had a disappointing IPL run with the bat until Thursday night, when he surged to his highest score of 97 not out. Karthik’s first 50 runs came off 35 balls, mostly in rebuilding the innings, but he then accelerated to hit his next 47 off just 15 balls. Once again, RR seamer Jaydev Unadkat proved expensive, but Karthik’s was the lone hand with Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite failing.

Karthik finished 97 not out off 50 balls.

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Narine-Chawla stem run flow to get KKR back in the game

After Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson scored 53 in 5.3 overs to get Rajasthan’s chase off to a flier, Narine struck to remove Rahane and Piyush Chawla got rid of Samson. Their eight overs stifled RR, who saw the asking rate increase.

Narine, in his first over, trapped Rahane lbw for 34 off 21 balls. The batsman discussed with Samson whether to review it, but was advised correctly not to. Then it was Chawla’s turn to strike as Samson swung across the stumps and was bowled.

Narine then had RR skipper Steve Smith bowled for 2 when playing all over a straighter delivery, and Chawla’s dismissals of Ben Stokes and Stuart Binny left Rajasthan in trouble at 98/5 in the 13th over.

READ: Isn’t he an impressive young man? – Steve Smith on Riyan Parag

Parag shows maturity

All of 17, Assam allrounder Riyan Parag came into bat at 63/3 in the eighth over of Rajasthan’s chase and saw himself through the probing spells of Chawla and Narine even as senior pros Stokes and Binny succumbed to the pressure. Sensibly and without risk, Parag build his innings and then accelerated against the pacers to set up a tense final couple of overs.

His calculated hitting was eye-raising, and when Parag was dismissed hit wicket in the 19th over when trying to pull Russell, the equation for RR was nine off seven balls.

Archer with the finishing touch

Jofra Archer was at the non-striker’s end when Parag fell to Russell off the penultimate delivery of the 19th over and told Unadkat to play out the last ball. Back on strike for the final over, from which RR neeeded nine runs, Archer finished the game with a four and a six off Prasidh Krishna to end his IPL 2019 on a high.

A 12-ball 27 not out saw Archer leave Rajasthan with happy memories, though he admitted that things could have been better this season.

Wickets, catches and a couple clutch cameos underline Archer’s all-round potential as he leaves India – and show that good things await England.