Assam cricketer Riyan Parag continued his good show at the Indian Premier League as he scored a match-winning 31-ball 47 to keep alive the hopes of Rajasthan Royals for a playoff-berth.
Rajasthan Royals rode teenager Riyan Parag’s heroics to keep their hopes of a playoffs berth alive by pulling off a dramatic three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who were pushed to the brink of elimination at Kolkata on Thursday.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as KKR posted 175/6 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first.
Karthik promoted himself to No. 4 and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs.
In reply, the visitors were down in the dumps at 98/5 after 13 overs before 17-year-old Riyan Parag – who was dropped on a duck by Sunil Narine (2/25) off his own bowling – came of age with a 31-ball 47 (5×4, 2×6).
Jofra Archer also smacked a 12-ball 27 (2×4; 2×6) not out to hit the winning runs.
Riyan Parag got out hit wicket in the 19th over off Andre Russell’s bowling when nine was needed off seven balls. But Archer did the job in the end with Jaydev Unadkat at the other end. Parag and Archer shared a 24-ball 44 run seventh wicket partnership which in the end proved to be the match winner.
The result saw KKR succumb to their sixth consecutive defeat as Royals moved to seventh spot with eight points from 11 matches.