Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets in thrilling Qualifier-2 IPL With 2021 Chennai Super Kings to set an end date. KKR chased down 136 runs in 19.5 overs and their openers gave them a great start on the challenging Sharjah pitch. DC posted 135/5 and gave up hopes when KKR posted 96/0 in 12.1 overs, but then lost six wickets adding just seven runs for KKR before Rahul Tripathi sealed the competition on its head. Gave. But it came with a six.
KKR needed 13 runs off 25 balls when Nitish Rana (13) was dismissed by Enrique Nortje. And in the next three overs, he added only six runs to his total and lost three more wickets. They needed 7 runs in the last over and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets in the same number of balls and KKR needed six runs from the two.
However, Tripathi starts the final delivery of long-off to put an end to DC’s hopes.
Earlier, KKR, led by mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty, displayed clinical bowling on a slow pitch and restricted Delhi Capitals to 135 for 5. The DC batsmen sent in to bat struggled on the sluggish pitch and the KKR bowlers bowled hard. Length. Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 36 off 39 balls while Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 30 off 27 balls.
Chakraborty took two wickets for 26 runs while Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi took one wicket each.
After seven dot balls in the first two overs, DC took 12 runs from the third and smashed Shakib Al Hasan for a big six.
Dhawan joined the party with two consecutive sixes off Sunil Narine in the fourth over as DC conceded 14 runs to the veteran West Indies.
Chakraborty broke the dangerous looking partnership by lbw to Shaw off his first ball of the day, with the batsman playing the wrong line in his googly.
Ferguson was impressive as he conceded just nine runs in his first two overs as DC Power posted 38 for 1 at the end of the play overs.
After a quiet period, during which Mavi, Naren and Chakraborty bowled a tight line and length, Dhawan hit a boundary in the 10th over to reach 65 for 1 at half-point.
Odd ball skidding was making it difficult to score runs and DC suffered a setback when Mavi bowled brilliantly to dismiss Marcus Stoinis, who was playing his second match in the UAE leg.
Due to the increasing pressure on the DC batsmen, Dhawan fell to hit a big shot in the 15th over. He could only get an outside edge off Chakraborty to take a diving catch at backward point for Shakib Al Hasan.
DC were on 83 for 3 in the 15th over when skipper Rishabh Pant (6) came on and was disappointed in a crucial match as he made Ferguson to take a regulation catch in the next over to hit a big shot for Rahul Tripathi. went to the ball.
There was no shortage of play as Shimron Hetmyer was caught by Shubman Gill off Chakraborty in the 17th over but it turned out to be a no ball. DC managed to score 36 runs in the last three overs and scored well in the end.
with PTI input