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IPL 2021: KKR crush Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs

Shivam Mavi picked four while Lockie Ferguson scalped three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Sharjah [UAE], October 7 : Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scored 171/4 and then folded Rajasthan Royals for 85/10 in 16.1 overs. With this win, KKR have consolidated the fourth spot with 14 points. Chasing 172, Rajasthan Royals got off to the worst possible start and never really recovered as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
In powerplay, Rajasthan Royals scored 17 runs for four wickets and the side never really looked like they were comfortable in the chase.
In the end, the Sanju Samson-led side were folded for 85 runs in the 17th over.
Earlier, Shubman Gill smashed his second successive half-century as KKR scored 171/4 against Rajasthan Royals.
This is also the highest score at Sharjah in the IPL 2021. It was a combined batting effort by KKR batsmen after Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave the side a decent start
Brief Scores: KKR 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Rahul Tewatia 1-11) vs Rajasthan Royals 85/10 (Rahul Tewatia 44; Shivam Mavi 4-21, Lockie Ferguson 3-18)

Need to play better standard of cricket, says Sanju Samson

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson stated that the team needs to play a better standard of cricket if they want to win more games in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sanju’s comments came after Shivam Mavi picked four while Lockie Ferguson scalped three wickets as Kolkata Knight Readers (KKR) thrashed RR by 86 runs on Thursday. KKR scored 171/4 and then folded Rajasthan Royals for 85/10 in 16.1 overs. With this win, KKR has consolidated the fourth spot with 14 points.
Sanju Samson during the post-match presentation said: “I think to be very honest it was a better wicket. It was staying a little low with the new ball but it was a better wicket. 171 was chaseable on this wicket. I think we wanted to get a good start. We needed a powerful powerplay. We wanted to execute whatever we planned but we didn’t execute.”
“I think if you look at the whole season, we have gone through many challenges. We showed character though and am proud of the boys. We won some close games and lost some easy ones. We need to play a better standard of cricket to win more games in this tournament,” he added.
“Everyone came up with positive vibes, People were ready to go out there and win games for us. Being the skipper, I changed the way I look at my innings. It was always about thinking about the match situations. I would have loved to win more games despite scoring a lot of runs,” he said. 

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