IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by three wickets in the 41st match of IPL (IPL 2021) on Tuesday evening at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. This is Kolkata’s fourth consecutive win in the second leg of the IPL. With this win, KKR’s playoff hopes have increased a lot. The ‘prediction’ made by Delhi’s bowling coach James Hopes before this match has proved to be true. Will tell you what James Hopes said the day before the match and how was the thrill of the match.
Such was the thrill of the match
KKR captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Batting first, Delhi team scored 127 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. Chasing the target, KKR won the match by scoring 130 runs for 7 wickets in 18.2 overs. For Delhi, Avesh Khan took 3 wickets, while Enrique Norkhia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav and Kagiso Rabada took one wicket each.
Such was the performance of Kolkata
KKR started off chasing the target. There was a 28-run partnership for the first wicket between openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. This small partnership was broken by Delhi spinner Lalit by dismissing Iyer. After this, Rahul Tripathi, who came on the field, could not last long and after scoring 9 runs became a victim of Avesh Khan. Nitish Rana came to bat after Tripathi’s dismissal. Gill was batting well from one side but he was dismissed by Rabada and gave a big blow to KKR. Gill scored 30 runs in 33 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.
The excitement of the game was at its peak at one time it seemed that either team could win this match. But Sunil Narine supported Nitish Rana well and scored 21 runs in 10 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. After the dismissal of Narine, Tim Southee tried to support Rana, but he too got out after scoring three runs. From one side, Rana stayed and played a match-winning innings for KKR. Rana scored an unbeaten 36 off 27 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes while Lockie Ferguson remained unbeaten without opening an account.
Such was the performance of Dilla
Earlier, Delhi did not have a good start and they lost two wickets for 40 runs. First Ferguson dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 24 runs. Then Sunil Narine bowled Shreyas Iyer (1). After this, Steven Smith took over the innings but he too returned to the pavilion after scoring 39 runs. After this Shimron Hetmyer (4) was dismissed by Venkatesh Iyer. After this, Naren sent Lalit Yadav to the pavilion. Wickets kept falling from one side, but captain Rishabh Pant scored 39 runs to take the team to a respectable score. For KKR, Narine, Ferguson and Iyer took 2 wickets each, while Southee took one wicket.
Delhi’s bowling coach James Hopes was apprehensive about this
On Monday, Delhi Capitals bowling coach James Hopes had said that Kolkata’s team is showing a very aggressive game at the moment, due to which the match against Delhi will be very tough. However, he also described the Delhi team as strong. Hopes proved to be true and Kolkata showed a very aggressive game and defeated Delhi by 3 wickets.
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