There was no third 70-plus score on the trot for Sanju Samson. There was no second miraculous knock from Rahul Tewatia. And there certainly wasn’t another great chase from Rajasthan Royals.

Kolkata Knight Riders brought Royals, who had won both their games in Sharjah, crashing down to earth at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday, winning their IPL encounter by 37 runs.

Responding to Knight Riders’ 174 for six, Royals finished with 137 for nine.

Steve Smith, who didn’t look as composed as he did in his last two outings, tried to hit fellow-Australian Pat Cummins high and far down the leg-side, but only managed to edge it to rival captain Dinesh Karthik. His dismissal brought to the wicket the other in-form Royals batsman, Samson, the Man of the Match in the last two games.

As it happened

Shivam Mavi, after bowling a tight first over, ensured that the dasher from Kerala…

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