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Patna : Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) crushed Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 86 runs in the 54th match of IPL at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE, on October 7, 2021, late night, as fast medium bowler Shivam Mavi took 4/21 in 3.1 overs while fast bowler Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand took 3/18 in 4 overs.  Shivam Mavi was named Player Of The Match.  RR had won the toss and opted to bowl.

KKR have now 14 points from 14 games and have nearly secured a place in the play-offs. RR finished with 10 points from 14 games. KKR’s big victory has made the match between MI and SRH very interesting. MI need to improve their run rate big way..

Chasing a target of 172 runs, RR were bundled out for just 85 runs in 16.1 overs with leg spinner Rahul Tewatia scoring 44 runs in 36 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes while Shivam Dube scored 18 runs with 1 six. RR had a very bad start as they lost their first wicket that of opener Yashasvi Jaiswal at zero. Yashasvi fell to spinner Shakib Al-Hasan for a duck. Shakib opened the attack for KKR.

Captain Sanju Samson fell to Ferguson for 1 and it was 1/2 after 1.1 over.  Liam Livingstone fell to Ferguson for 6 making it 12/3 after 3.2 overs. Anuj Rawat fell to Ferguson for a duck making it 13/4. Ferguson took the wickets of Liam Livingstone and Rawat in 4th over of the innings. Glenn Phillips fell to Mavi for 8 nd it was 33/5. Shivam Dube fell to Mavi for 18 with 1 six and it was 34/6. Chris Morris fell to spinner Varun Chakravarthy for zero making it 35/7 after 9 overs.

Batting first, KKR had scored 171/4 in 20 overs with openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer scoring 56 and 38 runs adding 79 runs for the first wicket.