IPL 2021, Qualifier 2: KKR set up title clash against CSK with 3-wicket win over DC | Cricket News – Times of India

Kolkata Knight Riders went into the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday claiming they’ve a greater understanding of the sluggish pitch in Sharjah. KKR captain Eoin Morgan had no hesitation to bowl first the second he gained the toss.
Not surprisingly, their pacers and spinners discovered absolutely the size straightaway to stifle the Capitals batting and limit them to a modest complete of 135/5. Just when their fairytale run appeared to have been coming to a coronary heart-breaking finish within the again finish of the chase, Rahul Tripathi smacked R Ashwin’s lengthy hop over the lengthy off boundary to seal a 3-wicket win with a ball to spare.
Scorecard | As it happened
The match ought to have by no means gone that far with 11 wanted to win off 20 balls and 7 wickets in hand. When dew took over, the KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill cruised via the chase as in the event that they batted on a unique floor to knock over the goal to make it to the ultimate against Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
The final-minute drama however, the guts-breaking unravelling of the Capitals within the final week has coincided with KKR’s outstanding comeback story within the second half of the IPL this 12 months.

For most of their innings, it appeared the Capitals batters had been operating within the desert sand in search of an oasis. In distinction, Venkatesh was on cruise mode on nonetheless water making it simpler for Gill who completed with 46 off 46. Venkatesh by no means let the Capitals again within the sport and when he lastly holed out on the deep sq.-leg boundary off Kagiso Rabada for a 41-ball 55, he had ensured Capitals’ wheels had come off at 96/1 within the thirteenth over.
The pitch was tailor-made for Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib and Sunil Narine. Unsure of the par rating, Capitals batters appeared like taking the extra conservative route as soon as they misplaced Prithvi Shaw LBW to Chakravarthy for 18 off 12 balls within the fifth over of the innings.
In the sapping warmth below the Sharjah evening sky, Capitals did discover some sprinkling of water via some lusty blows into the stands via Shikhar Dhawan (36 off 39) to begin with adopted by Shimron Hetmyer (17 off 10) and Shreyas Iyer (30* off 27) to finish.

But Venkatesh did every little thing the Capitals batters resisted against. Skipping down the observe to each pacers and spinners with consummate ease, the southpaw demonstrated temperament against worldwide high quality assault. He ensured Capitals bowlers by no means settled right into a size like their bowlers did.
As the Capitals batters appeared to extend the run fee, the pitch received slower by the over. Shreyas’ eyes lit up when Shakib Al Hasan despatched down two rank lengthy-hops however they ended up bouncing solely ankle excessive. The wrestle was actual.
Pacers Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi supplied hardly something to be performed off the entrance foot. The laborious lengths had been in enterprise. The lengths which have been the perfect hitting zones for this era had been now choking them. Quick via the air and useless gradual off the pitch.

In such circumstances, Dhawan and Shreyas determined to bat via. Focus was extra on hitting gaps and rotating the strike. Runs got here in a trickle. The dot ball share soared. At 83/3 within the fifteenth over, Dhawan had sufficient and skipped down the observe to Chakravarthy and miscued the hoic to be caught by Shakib at level for a painful 36 of 39. Chakravarthy raced via his overs for two/26.
Capitals tried Marcus Stoinis, again from his damage, at No. 3. Lack of sport time and tempo off the pitch turned it right into a nightmare for the highly effective Aussie whose wrestle ended at 18 off 23 with Mavi knocking over his stumps.
Skipper Rishabh Pant had little or no time to settle in and tried to smack Ferguson straight down the bottom solely to be holed out at mid-off.
Hetmyer, after getting a reprieve with Chakravarthy overstepping, supplied impetus to a sluggish innings with two sixes off Ferguson. Shreyas salvaged his strike fee within the final over of Mavi to complete with an unbeaten 30 off 27 balls.
With dew settling in, the whole all the time appeared susceptible for Capitals.

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