Kolkata : The new emerging sports star of Assam, 17 year old Riyan Parag led a dramatic late fightback along with Jofra Archer as Rajasthan Royals recovered from a middle order collapse to snatch a thrilling three-wicket over Kolkata Knight Riders in a dramatic IPL match at Eden Garden, Kolkata on Thursday.
The young Assamese lad played with phenomenal grit showing no fear in front of 60,000 partisan crowd to score a 31 ball 47 in a determined rearguard innings as the Rajasthan Royals chased down the target of 176 with four balls to spare.
Parag hit a formidable 47 off 31 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes, adding the crucial runs along with Archer who remained not out on 27 off just 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
The Royals needed 54 runs from the final five overs with just four lower order batsmen to come and the match was definitely for KKR’s taking at that stage but the script changed altogether as the home side slumped to their sixth loss on the trot. Archer, who was playing his last IPL match of the season as he is leaving for England, hit a six to win the match as the Royals reached 177 for 7 in 19.2 overs. With the win, the Royals moved up one place to seventh win eight points from 11 matches, the same as KKR, who remained at sixth spot, from the same number of matches.
Parag, an explosive batsman, made his Twenty20 debut for Assam in the 2016-17 Inter State Twenty-20 tournaments in 2017. In October 2017, he was named in India’s squad for the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. He made his first-class debut for Assam in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy against Hyderabad and has one fifty to his credit.