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.
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.