Kolkata Knight Riders registered yet another win under their belt as they overcame Rajasthan Royals comprehensively by eight wickets with more than six overs left at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday.
Even in Sunday's contest, it was yet another debutant who grabbed the spotlight. This time it was the English pacer, Harry Gurney, who starred for KKR while playing his maiden IPL game. Gurney kept the Rajasthan batsmen on their toes as they struggled to get quick runs. The 32-year old derailed RR's momentum in the middle overs by accounting for Jos Buttler (37) and Rahul Tripathi (6) which restrained the 2008 champions from getting to a challenging total. Gurney finished his spell with figures of 2/25 in his four overs at an economy of 6.25. He was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his impressive bowling spell.
The picture of Gurney's debut performance was shared on Twitter.
KKR had invited Rajasthan to bat first after winning the toss. The decision was spot on as young Prasidh Krishna got rid of RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second over. Steve Smith and Jos Buttler then stitched in a 72 run stand for the second wicket. However, some tight bowling by KKR bowlers in the middle overs managed to keep Rajasthan's run flow in check. Smith went on to register his first half-century of this season and the sixth one of his IPL career. He scored a vital 59-ball 73 at a strike rate of 123.73 including four boundaries and one maximum which helped the Royals get to a decent total of 139/3 in their 20 overs.
In reply KKR openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine made merry of this run chase by putting up a 91 run opening stand. Narine scored blistering 25-ball 47 while Lynn scored a quickfire 32-ball 50.
By the virtue of this win, KKR also reached at the summit of the points table with eight points after four wins in five matches.