Today eliminator was played between Kolkata Knight Riders & Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR had advantage of home ground in this match.
RR after winning the toss decided to field first. This decision proved to be correct when RR took 3 quick wickets of KKR and at one stage left them at 24/3 in 3.4 overs. Karthik, Shubham Gill & Lynn’s inning during middle overs and then Russel’s finishing helped KKR post a respectable total. KKR scored 169/7 at the end of 20 overs. This total wasn’t bad considering the fact that they lost 3 quick wickets. Once again KKR’s depth in batting was tested and it proved their worth.
RR in return scored 87/1 in 10 overs. Match was pretty much in favor of RR because they required only 83 to win in last 10 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
Rahane scored 37 runs in first 30 balls and in next 11 balls he could only score 7 runs. Eventually he got out at 46 runs in 41 balls. This shot up the required run rate from 8.3 to 10 and then wickets started falling down and RR was never in the game. KKR easily won the match by 25 runs.
RR was at pretty good state to win the match but Twitter thinks Rahane’s slow innings costed RR a match.
Here are some of these tweets where Twitter is slamming Rahane:-
— 🏏Rony 😌 (@cricketard) May 23, 2018
Rahane Gaddhe ne Match harvai. 120 ball me 170 run banane the. Gaddhe ne 41 ball me 46 run banaye, Agar baju me dam nahi fir opening karne kyu chale aata hai? Ye Gaddha kisi kaam ka nahi hai uski vajah se 3 match hare hai.
— Hemlata Dilip (@Dilipbhai123) May 23, 2018
#KKRvRR player of the match ajinkya rahane
— Maninayak (@Maninay82953506) May 23, 2018
Kya fixing h salo rahane ko nikalo sale ko
— Sumit jangir (@Sumitja94610004) May 23, 2018
"Wo toh bas bowlers zid kar rahe they toh play offs mein aa gaye" – Rahane in post-match presentation #KKRvRR
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) May 23, 2018
— THANOS DP 👿 (@gulshanmeena007) May 23, 2018
As always @rajasthanroyals gifts a win win situation match by playing Test Cricketers like Klassen and Rahane
— #IndiaFirst (@parekh_virag) May 23, 2018
— sunny zinzuvadiya (@i_amsiddz) May 23, 2018
If you want to learn how to bottle up a straightforward chase, learn from Rahane and RR
— Ankit Damania (@punterankit) May 23, 2018
ABD From International Cricket!
Rahane From T20 Cricket!#KKRvRR
— DevyashYaDav (@Devyasssh_07) May 23, 2018
— kailas sanap (@kailassanap89) May 23, 2018
Bhai please ye Rahane ko ban kar do ya Rajasthan ko ban kardo. Itni sharamnak captaincy bardasht nahi hoti.
Binny tu toh retire ho ja ab. Bas. Bohot barbaad kar diya team ko.
— MK 🇮🇳 (@JustEmkay) May 23, 2018
— Amit Shukla (@amitkumarshukla) May 23, 2018
— Imran Chhavniwala (@air_2107) May 23, 2018
Now KKR will play SRH on 25th May in qualifier 2. Winner of this match will play with CSK in finals. We’re super excited to see KKR and SRH battle on 25th May. So what do you have to comment on Rahane?