The Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling attack on Wednesday successfully defended a total of 167 runs in a match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. KKR defeated CSK by 10 runs. KKR’s Rahul Tripathi was the star of the game as he played a crucial knock of 81 off 51.
Rahul Tripathi was adjudged man of the match for his performance. When he walked up to collect his award, actor Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of the Kolkata franchise, shouted, “Rahul, naam toh suna hi hoga,” even as Harsha Bhogle and Tripathi burst into laughter. For those who don’t know, Rahul is one of the most used on-screen names for Shah Rukh Khan in his film career. The dialogue Shah Rukh shouted at the post-match presentation for Tripathi was first used in his 1997 film Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
After winning the match, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted that KKR were a few runs short but the bowling made up for it at the end. Well played boys of KKRiders. Mentioning Rahul Tripathi again in his tweet, King Khan said, “Naam toh suna tha, kaam usse bhi kamaal hai.” KKR’s official Twitter handle also posted a picture of Rahul Tripathi with his Man of the Match award, saying “Jiss film mein Rahul ho woh superhit hi hoti hai.”
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, who was facing criticism for his decision-making over the last few matches, took a brave call to let Rahul Tripathi open the batting with Shubman Gill. KKR got off to a good start and Tripathi stayed till the 17th over, steering KKR to a competitive 167.
Defending KKR’s 167, CSK was set a target of 168 runs and the MS Dhoni-led side found itself in a comfortable position at 99-1 in the 12th over with Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu at the crease. However, Rayudu was sent back to the pavilion by Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and from there on, KKR choked the flow of runs and as a result, the Dinesh Karthik-led team won by 10 runs.