Rajasthan Royals lived to fight another day in the Indian Premier League and they once again had Jofra Archer to thank for the win as the all-rounder made a superb 27 off 12 balls to help his team beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets in a close match at the Eden Gardens stadium on Thursday.
The Royals rode on Riyan Parag’s 47 and significant contributions from Anjinkya Rahane (34), Sanju Samson (22) and Shreyas Gopal (18) to get close to the target but it was Jofra Archer’s knock (27 not out) which took the team over the line as he finished the match with a four and a six in the last over.
This was Archer’s final match for the Royals in this season as the Jamaica-born English bowler will return home to join the national team for the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Archer thanked the Royals team management and the franchise owners for keeping their faith in him and drafting him into the side despite him not having any international experience so far. Ben Stokes will also head back on the same flight with Archer to join the England limited-overs team.
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“I feel really excited. The tournament didn’t go as well as we liked, but moments like these really make me cherish playing for Rajasthan.
“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 said after the match.
Archer will return home from his second IPL season with 11 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 26.45. He also managed 67 runs with the bat and top-scored with 27 not out against KKR.
“I am really gutted that I have to leave the boys. I hope that we qualify for playoffs,” Archer said.
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Incidentally, the Knight Riders had won their last game against Rajasthan Royals (in Jaipur) on April 7 before their six-match losing streak began with a defeat to defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk in Chennai on April 7.
Rajasthan Royals on the other hand, registered only their second win at the Eden Gardens in IPL history.