Rajasthan Royals (RR) registered a brilliant three-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik smashed a fantastic unbeaten 97-run knock to power his team to a pretty challenging first innings total of 175 runs. While in the second innings, after losing some quick wickets at the top, RR young duo comprising of Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer batted amazingly well to steer the visitors to an emphatic victory.
I am really gutted that I have to leave
Archer, who smashed the winning runs in the yesterday’s game against RR, will be leaving for England along with teammate Ben Stokes for the limited-overs series against Ireland and Pakistan. After the win, Archer revealed that his main aim during the final few overs was to get bat on the ball.
Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer combined a vital partnership of 44 runs to help their team reach the outdoors of the finishing line. Archer showed nerves of steel, blasting Prasidh Krishna a couple of brilliant lusty blows off the first two balls in the final over to help RR pick up a splendid victory.
“I just wanted to get bat on ball in the last over. I am really gutted that I have to leave the boys. The tournament didn’t go as well as we liked, but moments like these really make me cherish playing for Rajasthan,” quoted Jofra Archer.
He will do a great job
Archer further noted that he is confident that whosoever comes in the team as replacement for Stokes or Archer will do a great job. The 24-year-old speedster thanked the Jaipur-based franchisee for showing faith in him despite not having played international cricket.
“Anyone that comes in to replace me and Stokesy will do a great job, I’m sure of that. I’m grateful for Rajasthan to take a chance on me, having not played any international cricket,” Archer added.
The Royals are currently placed at the seventh position on the points table and after this victory, the 2008 champions still need to win all their remaining three matches in order to stake a claim to book a place in the playoffs.