Yashasvi Jaiswal again made headlines in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a record performance, helping Rajasthan Royals take a nine wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders. The win revived the Rajasthan Royals playoff hopes and gave them a much needed boost in the IPL standings.
Jaiswal, who was in sensational form throughout the tournament, beat the fastest fifty in IPL history to reach the milestone in just 13 balls. The 21-year-old southpaw fell just two runs short of a century to finish with an impressive 98 off 47 balls, including 12 fours and five sixes. His performance, combined with captain Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 48, led Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable win with 41 balls to spare.
On the same day, Yuzvendra Chahal, the Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner, broke the record for most wickets in IPL history, bringing his total to 187. He also claimed four wickets for 25 runs in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, which was significantly contributed to his team’s victory.
Kolkata Knight Riders struggled throughout the match, with their batsmen failing to find the right timing and only scoring 149/8 in their innings. Rajasthan Royals’ impressive fielding performance and Chahal’s excellent bowling added to their woes.
Jaiswal’s fireworks started in the very first over as he took on Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana and hit two fours and two sixes in an over that yielded 26 runs. He then hit three consecutive fours off Shardul Thakur, reaching his half-century in just three overs.
Samson supported Jaiswal well, and the duo added an unbroken match-winning partnership of 121 runs from just 69 balls. Their win moved Rajasthan Royals to third in the IPL standings, while Kolkata Knight Riders dropped to seventh and all but ended their playoff hopes.
Jaiswal’s record breaking performance and Chahal’s impressive bowling helped Rajasthan Royals to get a convincing victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. With the playoff race heating up, this win gave Rajasthan Royals a much needed boost as Kolkata Knight Riders have little hope of making the playoffs.