Ahmedabad: In one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the history of Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals came from nowhere to register an improbable 10-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in an encounter which saw fortunes fluctuating from one team to the other till the very end.
Chasing a victory target of 171, KKR were sailing along at 121 for no loss with Gautam Gambhir (54) and Robin Uthappa (65) cruising along before losing an incredible six wickets for addition of two runs in a space of nine deliveries (eight legal ones). Shane Watson (3/21) and Pravin Tambe (3/26), including a hat-trick, scripted a remarkable collapse. (Scorecard | Text Commentary | Schedule | Points Table)
The Shah Rukh Khan co-owned outfit never recovered from that telling blow as they were restricted to 160 for six in the stipulated 20 overs, losing their fifth game in the tournament. With a defeat like this, it will be very difficult for KKR to make a comeback. Rajasthan with 10 points from seven games stay firmly in contention for a semi-final berth. (Match highlights)