KKR vs DC: Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill added 96 runs for the first wicket vs Delhi Capitals© BCCI/IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have booked a spot in the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as they beat Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 2 by 3 wickets on Wednesday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Chasing the target of 136 runs, KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill gave a 96-run opening stand. Iyer got to his third fifty of the season while Gill ended up getting 46 runs in the knockout game to guide KKR to a comfortable position in the chase. DC bounced back towards the end with back-to-back wickets and economical bowling. KKR needed 7 runs in the final over where Ravichandran Ashwin bowled first four balls brilliantly and got two wickets but Rahul Tripathi stole the show with his winning six on the fifth ball against the off-spinner. Earlier while bowling first, Varun Chakaravarthy performed with the ball yet again with his two wickets and kept DC batsmen quiet. KKR will face Chennai Super Kings in the finals on Friday to fight for their third IPL trophy. While Delhi Capitals’ quest for their maiden IPL trophy is still on even after a brilliant season under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant. KKR had never lost an IPL final, they reached there two times before (2012, 2014) and emerged as winners both times.(SCORECARD)
IPL 2021 Highlights Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals, Straight From Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
It Will Be CSK vs KKR In The Finals!
Another playoff game and yet another final-over finish!!
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets in a final-over clash where Rahul Tripathi hit the winning six after Ashwin’s terrific first four balls. KKR will play their third IPL final now on Friday against Chennai Super Kings. The team led by Eoin Morgan performed exceptionally well since the season resumed in the UAE. Venkatesh Iyer has got to his third fifty of this season where he scored 320 runs in 9 games with an average of 40. Iyer has been terrific at the top with Shubman Gill and today they added 96 runs for the first wicket.
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OUT, KKR Need 6 Off 2!
Another WICKET!!!!!! What an amazing over it has been from Ravichandran Ashwin. Narine has to depart on a duck.
Narine c Axar b Ashwin 0(1)
DC 130/7, need 6 runs off 2 balls to win
WICKET!!!! LBW!!! Ashwin has got Shakib Al Hasan out on the third ball of the final over.Shakib lbw b Ashwin 0(2)
KKR 130/7, need 6 runs off 3 balls to win
KKR Need 6 Off 4!
Ashwin to Shakib, DOT BALL.
KKR need 6 runs off 4 balls to win
KKR Need 6 Off 5!
Ashwin to Tripathi, 1 run.
KKR need 6 runs off 5 balls to win
Nortje to Morgan, OUT!! BOWLED!! Another playoff game and yet another thriller.Morgan b Nortje 0(3)
KKR 129/5, need 7 runs in 6 balls to win.
OUT!!!! Bowled!!! Rabada has bowled an amazing ball to get Dinesh Karthik out and he gave away just one run in the 18th over.
Karthik b Rabada 0(3)
KKR 126/4, need 10 runs off 12 balls to win
Avesh Khan to Gill, OUT, caught behind. Gill was trying to play a cut short but he failed to get the result.
Shubman Gill c Pant b Avesh Khan 46(46) (4s-1 6s-1)
KKR 125/3, need 11 runs from 20 balls to win
Nortje to Rana, OUT, caught by Hetmyer. Second wickets falls for KKR but it’s too late now.
Nitish Rana c Hetmyer b Nortje 13(12) (6s-1)
KKR 123/2, need 13 runs off 24 balls to win
Nortje to Gill, SIX, straight over the bowlers’ head. Gill has moved to 44 runs with this shot.
Axar to Rana, SIX!! KKR batsmen want to finish the game early. Excellent shot from Rana!
Rabada to Iyer, OUT, caught by Steve Smith. Iyer wanted to go for a big shot but he found a fielder just near the boundary line. Finally a wicket for Delhi Capitals and an end of a 96-run opening stand.Venkatesh Iyer c (sub)Smith b Rabada 55(41) (4s-4 6s-3)
KKR 96/1, need 40 runs off 46 balls to win
50 Up For Iyer!
Venkatesh Iyer has completed his half-century. The all-rounder has been terrific with the bat at KKR’s top order. This was his third fifty since the season resumed in the UAE.
KKR 90/0, need 46 runs off 52 balls.
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SIX from Iyer against Axar Patel this time. KKR openers are going strong in the chase.
KKR 73/0, need 63 runs off 65 balls to win
Fifty partnership comes up between these two and KKR are going strong in the chase of 136 runs. These two batsmen are scoring runs easily.
Avesh Khan to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR!! What a timing from Iyer! That was a long run for the fielder and Iyer added yet another boundary to KKR’s total.
Rabada to Venkatesh Iyer, SIX, over deep mid-wicket. How nicely he charged one of the world’s best bowler for a maximum.
Back of a length by Avesh, outside off. Iyer hits it in front of mid-off for a single.
A short delivery by Ashwin and Iyer sweeps it backward of square for a four!
Nortje to Gill, FOUR on the first ball of the innings. Excellent cover drive!
KKR Need 136 Runs To Win!
Mavi to Iyer, SIX on the final ball of the innings. So, after 20 overs DC have got 135 runs for the loss of five wickets. Varun Chakaravarthy has bowled an excellent spell as he took two wickets in his four overs.
DC 135/5 in 20 overs
KKR need 136 runs to win
PERFECT NO-LOOK FINISH SHREYAS! WHAT A SHOT! pic.twitter.com/Zd0VCdDL0o
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Mavi to Iyer, FOUR. Much needed boundary for DC and they need more from Iyer in this final over.
OUT!! Run Out!! Shimron Hetmyer has to depart. He survived the No-Ball and hit two sixes after that but here he can’t do anything.
Hetmyer run out (Venkatesh Iyer/Karthik) 17(10) (6s-2)
DC 117/5 in 18.3 overs
Ferguson to Hetmyer, SIX on the final ball of the over and DC had got 15 runs from that over from Lokie Ferguson.
DC 114/4 in 18 overs
Ferguson to Hetmyer, SIX. He is enjoying his batting now after that no ball where he was out.
No Ball from Charavarthy!!!! He got the wicket of Hetmyer but the batsman will stay and play a No-Ball.
OUT!!! Big WICKET for KKR as Rishabh Pant has to departs after a poor show. Ferguson strikes this time for KKR.
Pant c Tripathi b Ferguson 6(6) (4s-1)
DC 90/4 in 15.2 overs
Chakaravarthy to Pant, FOUR. Poor fielding and the ball has gone to the boundary line.
Chakaravarthy to Dhawan, OUT!! caught by Shakib Al Hasan. Third wicket falls for DC and now they have just 6 overs remaining in their innings for a good finish.
Dhawan c Shakib b Chakaravarthy 36(39) (4s-1 6s-2)
DC 83/3 in 14.1 overs
OUT BOWLED!!!! Stoinis has to depart after a quiet innings on his comeback. Mavi gets his first wicket in this match.
Stoinis b Mavi 18(23) (4s-1)
DC 71/2 in 11.3 overs
KKR On Top!
KKR spinner are dominated yet again. They are not allowing DC batsmen to go for big shots in the middle-overs.
DC 70/1 in 11 overs.
Chakaravarthy to Dhawan, FOUR. Much-needed boundary for Dhawan.
Shakib to Stoinis, FOUR to extra covers. That was a good shot from Stoinis.
Decent Start For DC!
Here’s the equation stands after the end of powerplay overs. Delhi Capitals have added 38 runs on the board and lost the wicket of Prithvi Shaw. Shikhar Dhawan is anchoring Capitals’ innings after Varun Chakaravarthy’s early breakthrough.
DC 38/1 in 6 overs
Chakravarthy Strikes On First Ball!
That’s OUT!! LBW!! Varun Chakaravarthy has got Prithvi Shaw on his first ball. First wicket falls for Delhi Capitals in this knockout game.
Prithvi Shaw lbw b Chakaravarthy 18(12) (4s-2 6s-1)
DC 32/1 in 4.1 overs
Good Over For DC!
Good over for Delhi Capitals as the openers smashed 14 runs in that.
DC 32/0 in 4 overs
Back To Back SIXES!
Narine to Dhawan, sweep and SIX!! Amazing shot! Two sixes in two balls for Dhawan.
Shakib to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, to third man this time. 10 runs from first two balls of this over.
SIX!!!! Top shot from Prithvi Shaw. He stepped out against Shakib and played brilliantly for a huge SIX.
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