Varun Aaron, Riyan Parag

Rajasthan Royals rode teenager Riyan Parag’s heroics to take care of their hopes of IPL 2019 playoffs berth alive by pulling off a dramatic three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who’ve been pushed to the brink of elimination, in an exhilarating contest on the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as KKR posted 175/6 in 20 overs after being requested to bat first.

Karthik promoted himself to No. 4 and smashed 9 sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit prime gear throughout the once more end of the innings, scoring 126 off the ultimate 10 overs.

In reply, the Royals have been down throughout the dumps at 98/5 after 13 overs sooner than 17-year outdated Parag — who was dropped on a duck by Sunil Narine (2/25) off his private bowling — received right here of age with a 31-ball 47.

All-rounder Jofra Archer moreover smacked an unbeaten 12-ball 27 to hit the worthwhile runs by smashing a Four and a six off Prasidh Krishna throughout the first two balls of the last word over whereby 9 was required. Royals positioned on 177 for 7 in 19.2 overs and obtained the game with Four balls to spare.

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