Sunil Naraine’s century helps KKR set 224-run target for RR

Kolkata, April 16 (UNI) Sunil Narine played a fantastic innings to score a century and helped Kolkata Knight Riders set a 224-run target for Rajasthan Royals in the 31st match of IPL 2024 at Eden Gardens here on Tuesday

The match had an intense start with KKR losing an early wicket. Avesh Khan got Phil Salt caught and bowled for 10 in the fourth over of the game. Bowling first after winning the toss seems to have been a good decision by Sanju Samson considering the early breakthrough the team got.

Narine played a pivotal role in stabilising the innings after Salt’s early loss. Adding 85 runs with Angkrish Raghuvanshi provided KKR with a solid partnership to build their innings upon. However, losing Raghuvanshi’s wicket to Kuldeep Sen was another crucial moment in the match.

Raghuvanshi made a valuable contribution with his quickfire 30 runs off just 18 balls, including five boundaries. His partnership with Narine was crucial in accelerating the run rate for KKR.

However, losing the wickets of Captain Shreyas Iyer and Andre Russell relatively cheaply caused setbacks for the team. Yuzvendra Chahal got Shreyas out LBW, and Russell departing after scoring 13 runs shifted the momentum a bit. Despite these setbacks, Narine’s outstanding century propelled KKR to a formidable total.

Narine scored 109 in just 49 balls, featuring 13 boundaries and six maximums, and played a pivotal role in KKR posting a challenging total of 223 runs for six wickets in their 20 overs.

A quickfire innings from Rinku Singh towards the end, scoring 20 runs off just nine balls, gave KKR total an extra boost. Ramandeep Singh’s unbeaten one-run also added to the total.

Chasing 224 runs, RR have a daunting task ahead of them. It will require a collective effort from their batsmen to achieve this target. With the likes of Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and other talented players in their lineup, they certainly have the potential to make a match out of it.

Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen took two wickets each, and Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with one wicket each. It will be interesting to see if RR can successfully chase down the target of 224 runs.

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