The 56th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 saw Rajasthan Royals (RR) registering a dominant victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Put in to bat, the Knight Riders started their innings with a steady flow of runs, thanks to the contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy. However, they lost wickets at regular intervals, with only Venkatesh Iyer playing a significant knock of 57 runs off 42 balls. The team finished their innings at 149/8 in 20 overs, with Yuzvendra Chahal being the pick of the bowlers for Rajasthan Royals with four wickets.
In response, Rajasthan Royals came out all guns blazing, with Yashasvi Jaiswal leading the charge with an incredible knock of 98 runs off just 47 balls, which included 12 fours and 5 sixes.
Sanju Samson played a supporting role with 48 runs off 29 balls, as the team reached the target with ease, losing only one wicket in the process with 9 wickets in hand and 41 balls remaining. For the Knight Riders, their bowlers had a tough time trying to defend the target, with none of them able to pick up any wickets.
Fastest run-chases of 150 or more in the IPL (by balls remaining):
- 48 – Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians, 2008
- 41 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2023
- 37 – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 2008
Here is how Twitter reacted:
150 runs chased down in just 13.1 overs. @rajasthanroyals have won this in a jiffy with Yashasvi Jaiswal smashing an incredible 98* from just 47 balls.
Scorecard – https://t.co/jOscjlr121 #TATAIPL #KKRvRR #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/2u0TiGPByI
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 11, 2023
Not a hundred but it felt better than that. 💗👏 pic.twitter.com/woWZrJgMi5
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 11, 2023
Congratulations @ybj_19 on the fastest IPL fifty. Your hard work paid off, and your exceptional skills will take you far. Keep it up! #IPL2023 #KKRvRR
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) May 11, 2023
Wow @ybj_19 ! @IPL
Get him in the the 🇮🇳 team now @BCCI ! Yashasvi Jaiswal @JioCinema
— @BrettLee_58 (@BrettLee_58) May 11, 2023
I would have selected @ybj_19 as KL Rahuls replacement for the World Test championship final … He is that good .. he is going to be a superstar .. #India
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 11, 2023
Special knock. Special player.
Take a bow @ybj_19 🔥
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) May 11, 2023
Wish Kolkata had scored two more runs for Yashasvi to get one of the best IPL 💯 – wish India one day change their T-20 template and let youngsters like him play World Cup T20 @ybj_19 – #RRvKKR
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 11, 2023
Missed his century by just two runs. Well played @ybj_19. Emerging player of #IPL2023. Congratulations #RR on third spot on points table. #KKRvRR
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) May 11, 2023
An easy win for Rajasthan Royals. #cricket #ipl2023 #KKRvsRR | https://t.co/sxIhBqDTgE #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/j2YvsKRuRN
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 11, 2023
Samson said "Time to give the legendary tag to Chahal". pic.twitter.com/CRW8dfdlp9
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 11, 2023
KKR is 95% eliminated from IPL 2023.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 11, 2023
It was Yashasvi Jaiswal's night. Well played, @ybj_19 👏
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 11, 2023
Yashasvi Jaiswal is an inspiration for every lower middle class boy. pic.twitter.com/iB2tRvGKMP
— ＲＯＭＥＯ👑 (@iromeostark) May 11, 2023
Players to hits Sixes on first 2 balls of the innings in IPL history:
•Yashasvi Jaiswal. pic.twitter.com/iUl03igHIy
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) May 11, 2023
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