Royals beat Kolkata in dramatic Super Over

Australia

After four hours of exciting cricket on Tuesday night, it all came down to the number of boundaries scored by each side as the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders first tied the game proper, and then the Super Over.

After four hours of exciting cricket on Tuesday night, it all came down to the number of boundaries scored by each side as the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders first tied the game proper, and then the Super Over.

Both sides scored 152 runs in their 20 overs, though Kolkata should have won easily as they only needed 16 from 12 balls with six wickets in hand. After their collapse saw a Super Over come in, both teams made 11 runs. The Royals won with 18 boundaries to 14.

Rajasthan won the toss and chose to bat first, but got off to a poor start as Karun Nair was out in the second over with the score on 13. Sanju Samson then joined Ajinkya Rahane and they pushed the score past 50.

Rahane was the top scorer of the night, with 72, as he first paired with Samson, then Shane Watson. Samson was out for 20, while Watson made 33 in a rather ponderous fashion, and looked like he was running in treacle.

But in the end Rahane managed to steer his side to a defendable score, though it should not have been defended, really. It was James Faulkner, back in the side after being benched for poor form, who was the hero of the match proper.

Kolkata opener Gautam Gambhir did well with a much-needed 45, before the middle order added cameo knocks to push the score towards completion. Shakib-al-Hasan was going well in the 20s, before the collapse struck.

Faulkner took three wickets in the 19th over, with Kolkata needing just 16 off 12. Suryakumar Yadav was first, having made 31 already, before Robin Uthappa and R Vinay Kumar were both bowled for first ball ducks.

Suddenly it was 12 needed off the last, and with Piyush Chawla also going for a duck, Shakib was only able to tie the scores. He then came out to bat the Super Over with Yadav, and they put on 11 runs.

The Royals had to get those runs against Sunil Narine, a tough prospect, and Watson and Steve Smith could only get one four in the over. But they got enough singles and two's to tie the scores, as Smith needed three off the last ball to win. He nudged a two, knowing they'd win on boundaries.

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