Delhi Capitals batsmen found it tough to score runs against Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinners. The likes of Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan kept DC batsmen in check.
Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 36 off 39 balls including 1 four and 2 sixes. Shreyas Iyer scored 30 off 27 balls including 1 four and a six at a strike rate of 111.11.
Varun Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers as he took 2 wickets to his name. He conceded only 26 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi picked up a wicket.
Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan might not have picked up a wicket but they conceded fewer runs. Narine and Shakib conceded 27 and 28 runs respectively in their quota of 4 overs.
In reply, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a fabulous start. Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer added 96 runs for the opening wicket before Kagiso Rabada dismissed Venkatesh Iyer for 55 (41). Iyer struck 4 fours and 3 sixes.
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KKR could have easily chased down the target, given the kind of start. However, they started losing wickets at regular intervals after the departure of Shreyas Iyer.
Shubman Gill scored 46 off 46 balls with the help of 1 fours, 1 six. The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje turned things around for Delhi Capitals.
They gave the team a small hope by dismissing four batsmen for a duck. Rabada made a mess of Karthik’s stumps whereas Nortje shattered Morgan’s stumps.
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KKR was under immense pressure after losing players. The pressure started to pile up even more when the game was stretched to the final over.
Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine in successive deliveries. Before that, there was an incident when Narine tried to hit a six off Ashwin.
However, he ended up hitting straight into the hands of Axar Patel. A KKR fan who was at the stands celebrated the shot thinking that it was a winning six but Narine got out. However, Rahul Tripathi smashed a winning six to steer KKR to victory.