Kolkata Beat Delhi Capitals in Nail-Biting match to enter final


IPL Qualifier 2: Kolkata Beat Delhi Capitals in Nail-Biting match to enter final

By Sanjay Maurya

News Highlights

  • On 13th October, Kolkata will meet Chennai in the IPL final with a chance to win their 3rd
  • Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer in pursuit of the 136-run target, Kolkata’s openers put on a 96-run opening partnership.
  • Shimron Hetmyer was caught by Gill off Chakravarthy, but it was ruled a no-ball.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have qualified for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 finals after defeating Delhi Capitals (DC) by three wickets in Qualifier 2 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill Kolkata openers put on a 96-run opening partnership in pursuit of the 136-run goal. Iyer scored his third fifty of the seasons, while Gill scored 46 runs in the final game to put KKR in a commanding position in the chase. With back-to-back wickets and economical bowling, DC recovered towards the end.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled the first four balls excellently and took two wickets for KKR in the deciding over, but Rahul Tripathi stole the show with his winning six on the fifth ball against the off-spinner. Varun Chakaravarthy last night did a great job with the ball, taking two wickets and keeping the DC batsmen quiet.

On Friday, KKR will meet Chennai Super Kings in the IPL finals with a chance to win their third title. The Delhi Capitals’ quest for their first IPL title continues, despite a superb season under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy. KKR has never lost in an IPL final, having advanced to the final twice (in 2012 and 2014) and winning both times.

Match Scorecard

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Batters Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Shubman Gill 46 46 1 1
Venkatesh Iyer 55 41 4 3
Nitsh Rana 13 12 0 1
Rahul Tripathi 12 11 0 1
Dinesh Karthik 0 3 0 0
Eoin Morgan 0 3 0 0
Shakib Al Hasan 0 2 0 0
Sunil Narine 0 1 0 0
Lockie Ferguson 0 0 0 0
Total: 136-7 in 19.5 Overs

Delhi Capital (DC)

Batters Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Prithvi Shaw 18 12 2 1
Shikhar Dhawan 36 39 1 2
Marcus Stoinis 18 23 1 0
Shreyas Iyer 30 27 1 1
Rishabh Pant 6 6 1 0
Shimron Hetmyer 17 10 0 2
Axar Patel 4 4 0 0

With the strain on the DC batsmen mounting, Dhawan fell in the 15th over while attempting a big shot. Shimron Hetmyer was caught by Gill off Chakravarthy in the 17th over, but it was ruled a no-ball.

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