IPL 2021 Qualifier 2, KKR vs DC: Who won yesterday’s match?
| Sport Latest News Headlines | News Today
A sensational comeback by bowlers from Delhi Capitals (DC) was not enough to prevent Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from booking their place in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) final.
Chasing 136 for victory, KKR was sailing 123-1 in the 16th over. However, a flurry of windows saw them collapse to 130 times 7 in no time. But with six necessary two-balls, Rahul Tripathi blew a long ball from Ravichandran Ashwin over the bowler’s head for a high to sink DC.
KKR’s impressive hitting collapse started with the last ball of the 16 when Nitish Rana (13) hit Anrich Nortje straight to the long leg. Still, with just 13 out of 24 balls to win, KKR’s win seemed like a formality. The well-established Shubman Gill (46), however, soon fell to Avesh Khan while playing a tired shot and making a catch behind the grounds.
Also check: IPL Live Score | Table of IPL 2021 points | IPL schedule
Dinesh Karthik then perished by a duck, cleaned an inner edge while trying to push Kagiso Rabada through the line. With a required 10 of 12 deliveries, Nortje pitched a penultimate brilliant, conceding just three. On the last ball of his spell, he fired KKR captain Eoin Morgan (0), who cut the ball off the stumps.
KKR now needed seven from the last over. After a points ball, Ashwin caught Shakib Al Hasan (0) lbw when the southpaw missed his ball. On the next ball, Sunil Narine (0) hit a long shot. Tripathi, however, launched the hat-trick delivery over the ropes to put KKR in the final with a nervous three-wicket victory.
Earlier, after KKR bowlers restricted the CD to 135 by 5 in Qualifier 2, Venkatesh Iyer (55) and Shubman (46) added 96 to the opening wicket to facilitate the chase before the batting collapse. KKR made his way to 51 without losing at the end of the power play. The first ball of Nortje’s innings was smashed through the caps by Gill to mark a limit. Iyer then hit six in two consecutive overs from Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada.
The left arm spinner was thrown over a deep central area. After that, the confident left-hander from KKR ran across the court to Rabada and hit him long. DC’s pacemaker got a chance to get revenge the same way Iyer made a catch back to the bowler. However, Rabada spilled the low opportunity despite putting both hands on it.
In addition to finding the boundaries, another impressive feature of KKR’s opening partnership was that the batters placed the ball in the gaps and ran hard between the grounds. His intention put DC under increased pressure, and the dew factor didn’t help the fielders either.
After a couple of quiet lengths, Iyer beat Axar for another high over the deep midwicket, as KKR was in full command at 76 without losing in the middle of the stage. Iyer soon reached his third fifty of the season with 38 balls as he placed Axar into a short third man. The KKR’s wonderful innings came to an end in 55 when he hit Rabada directly on the straight leg.
Even when Gill intended to rotate the punch to one end, Rana came in and threw Axar for a max fastball over the player’s head. On the first ball of 15, Ashwin dropped a simple Rana catch on the third player. The KKR southpaw cut Avesh Khan a tough job, but he was lucky to survive. KKR allowed DC to come back with an ordinary hit, but Tripathi ultimately held his nerves.
DC works his way to 135-for-5 on a tough hitting surface
DC was 135 of 5 after being sent at bat on a hard surface in Sharjah. On a missed pitch, Shikhar Dhawan scored the leading scorer with a laborious 36-to-39. Toward the end of innings, Shreyas Iyer contributed a valuable 30 * to 27, including a six on the court. last ball, to help DC reach a fighting score.
KKR bowlers dominated the innings as DC crawled up to 38-for-1 at the end of the power play. Prithvi Shaw was in good touch again, defeating Shakib Al Hasan by a whopping six over midfield at the start of the third again. He followed it up with a four with a cut between the point and the short third man.
At the other end, Dhawan wiped out Sunil Narine for two consecutive sixes. However, Varun Chakravarthy broke the dangerous support, catching Shaw (18) plumb in front of the stumps with one that turned sharply. DC’s comeback man Marcus Stoinis was promoted to No. 3. However, he couldn’t get any momentum on his innings and cleared for 18 of 23 balls, trying to hit Shivam Mavi.
Dhawan’s struggles ended early in the fifteenth when his attempt to go after Chakravarthy ended as a simple catch to the point backwards. DC’s skipper Rishabh Pant (6) didn’t last long either. He tried to lift Lockie Ferguson, but presented an upper edge in the middle. Pant’s firing left DC reeling at 90-for-4.
There was a stroke of luck for Shimron Hetmyer in the early part of his innings. He was brilliantly captured by a Shubman Gill who dove long while attempting to engage Chakravarthy. The DC batter was back in the dugout, but after watching a few reruns, the third referee concluded that KKR’s leggie had been overshot.
Hetmyer took advantage of his luck by hitting Ferguson by two sixes on the wing in the 18th. After running out of 17, looking for a nonexistent single, Iyer hit Mavi with a four and a six on the last over to give DC some momentum. The last ball of the over was cut directly over the bowler’s head for a max.
IPL 2021 Qualifier 2, KKR vs DC: Who was the man of the match?
The KKR bowlers were exceptional on the day. Chakravarthy smothered DC and came back with figures of 2 by 26. Ferguson and Mavi were inexpensive, claiming a wicket each. During the chase, Venkatesh Iyer and Gill batted brilliantly to put the KKR in command.
For DC, Dhawan topped the scorer with a hard 36, while Shreyas Iyer chipped in a valuable 30 that was not eliminated. On the bowling front, Nortje, Ashwin and Rabada claimed two plots each.
Venkatesh Iyer was named Man of the Party for his dominant half century during the persecution.
Today Headlines Sport Yahoo news IPL 2021 Qualifier 2, KKR vs DC: Who won yesterday’s match?