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    Really gutted that I have to leave RR: Jofra Archer

    Really gutted that I have to leave RR: Jofra Archer

    Archer made an unbeaten 27 off 12 balls as Rajasthan chased down their target of 176 in 19.2 overs.

    Updated: April 26, 2019 1:39 AM IST | Edited By: Agence France-Presse

    Jofra Archer Thursday hit the winning six to complete a successful run chase for Rajasthan Royals and end his Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) campaign on a high.

    Archer, a bowling all-rounder, who made an unbeaten 27 off 12 balls as Rajasthan chased down Kolkata Knight Riders' target of 176 in 19.2 overs, and team-mate Ben Stokes return to be with England ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 next month.

    Indian teenager Riyan Parag smashed 47 off 31 balls before being out hit wicket in the penultimate over and Archer then completed the chase with a four and a six in the final over.

    "I just wanted to get bat on ball in the last over. I am really gutted that I have to leave the boys. The tournament didn't go as well as we liked, but moments like these really make me cherish playing for Rajasthan," Archer said after the win. (ALSO READ: Isn t he an impressive young man? - Steve Smith on Riyan Parag)

    "Anyone that comes in to replace me and Stokesy will do a great job, I'm sure of that. I'm grateful for Rajasthan to take a chance on me, having not played any international cricket," the 24-year-old Archer, who returned figures of 0-28 with his pace bowling, added.

    Uncapped Archer, who is included in next month's one-day internationals against Pakistan and Ireland, has a chance to make the World Cup team. The final World Cup squad deadline is May 23. Stokes is part of England's 15-man preliminary World Cup squad. (ALSO READ: A lot of will boil down to how KKR trust me as a leader: Dinesh Karthik)

    The Barbados-born Archer, who recently qualified to compete for England after their cricket board changed its residency rules, made an impact with 11 wickets in 11 games with an impressive economy rate of 6.76 in the Twenty20 tournament.

    Stokes, a left-handed batsman who fell to Kolkata leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for 11, though had a forgettable IPL, scoring just 123 runs in nine matches for the 2008 champions. He picked six wickets with his pace bowling. (CHECK OUT: IPL 2019 results: Points table standings - updated after KKR vs RR match)

    Rajasthan are lying seventh in the eight-team table with just four wins off 11 matches so far but skipper Steve Smith lauded the contributions of Parag and Archer in the win against Kolkata.