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Varun Chakravarthy was given the final over against Jos Buttler, as KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer explains.

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Following Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) disappointing 2-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer expressed difficulty in explaining the outcome of the game. Speaking after the match, Iyer described the emotions as a roller-coaster, particularly in the final moments, as they had not anticipated such a close contest. He acknowledged the unpredictable nature of cricket, citing Rovman Powell's impressive striking and emphasizing the importance of delivering one's best under pressure. Despite the setback, Iyer expressed confidence in his team's ability to introspect and bounce back stronger in the tournament.

Highlighting Sunil Narine's contributions, Iyer hailed the all-rounder as a "great asset" to the Kolkata-based franchise. Narine's remarkable performance, scoring 109 runs and claiming two wickets, bolstered KKR's first innings. Iyer lauded Narine's character and expressed gratitude for his presence in the team. Reflecting on tactical decisions, Iyer explained the rationale behind entrusting Varun Chakravarthy with the crucial final over against Jos Buttler, considering the latter's clean striking ability.

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Recapping the match, RR, led by Sanju Samson, won the toss and elected to field first. KKR's batting prowess, led by Narine's century and contributions from Angkrish Raghuvanshi and Rinku Singh, propelled them to a formidable total of 223/6. However, RR's bowlers, including Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen, managed to restrict KKR's onslaught with timely wickets.

In the run chase, Buttler's spectacular century, supported by valuable contributions from Riyan Parag and Rovman Powell, steered RR to a thrilling victory, chasing down the target of 224 runs. Despite commendable efforts from KKR's bowlers, including Nitish Rana, Narine, and Chakravarthy, RR's batting prowess proved decisive in the end.

Following the match, RR secured the top position on the IPL standings with 12 points, while KKR occupied the second spot with 8 points. As both teams regroup and analyze their performances, the loss serves as a learning opportunity for KKR, urging them to address their shortcomings and approach future matches with renewed determination.

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