IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals, keep playoff hopes alive

The Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates the win during match 54 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the 1st November 2020. Photo by: Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Dubai : It was a bright day for Kolkata Knight Riders as captain Eoin Morgan played with a big heart and Pat Cummins justified his multi-million dollar tag in the do-or-die match against Rajasthan Royals to keep their playoff hopes alive.

KKR on Sunday registered a thumping 60-run victory against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.

On a day when it mattered, Morgan owned the stage with a power-packed 68 not out off 35 balls with half a dozen sixes apart from five boundaries in Kolkata Knight Riders’ 191 for 7. Then Pat Cummins shined with 4/29 to ensure a deadly opening spell.

Rajasthan Royals were able to score only 131 for 9, ending their campaign for the playoffs.

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KKR finished the league stage with 14 points from 14 games with a net run-rate of -0.214, which currently puts them in the fourth spot in the table for a day.

Their entry into the playoffs will now depend on the result of the matches between Delhi Capitals -0.159 and Royal Challengers Bangalore -0.145 as well as the one where Sunrisers Hyderabad +0.555 take on defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified.

In case, SRH wins, KKR’s chances of qualification will hinge on a real poor defeat for either DC or RCB in their particular game.

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