Kolkata Knight Riders fell 18 short of what would have been a record run-chase in the history of IPL. Chasing 229 to win, KKR finished on 210/8 as Delhi Capitals won the game in Sharjah. In the process, Delhi goes to the top of the points table. KKR lost a game after they were on a two-match winning streak. Kolkata meanwhile, stays at number five on the points table. More about the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals match report in detail below.
In what was the first match for both teams in Sharjah, Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bowl first. Delhi Capitals had a good start to their innings with Shikhar Dhawan (26) and Prithvi Shaw (66) who scored his fifth IPL fifty. Skipper Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 88 in the middle-order and with Rishabh Pant (38) a 72-run stand to help Delhi post a mammoth score of 229.
Battle of the Sixes: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals
There were a total of 14 sixes hit in the Delhi Capitals innings with the KKR bowlers leaking runs over 10. Apart from Andre Russell, all the other KKR bowlers gave runs away in excess of 11 runs per over, as it was a hard thing for the bowlers to contain the opposition batsmen.
KKR hit as many as 14 sixes as well in their innings. There were 28 sixes in this match along with 65 in the previous two matches played at this venue.
Delhi Capitals Win By 18 Runs
When it was KKR’s turn to chase the score, they did not have a good start as Sunil Narine was yet again dismissed cheaply for 3. Nitish Rana(58) then added a crucial 64-run stand with Shubman Gill (28), before the right-hander was dismissed. Andre Russell was promoted at number four. He started his innings patiently and scored 13 off 8 balls before Kagiso Rabada bounced him out to the third man boundary. It was yet again a disappointing outing with the KKR batsmen Dinesh Karthik who scored just six off 8 balls when a big innings was required of him.
When all seemed lost for KKR, Eoin Morgan (44) and Rahul Tripathi (36) added 78 runs between the 14th and the 19th over of the innings. Morgan was dismissed with KKR on 200 and soon after Rahul Tripathi was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis in the final over of the match. With 26 required to win from the final over KKR fell short by 18 as they finished on 210/8 A total of 438 runs were scored in the KKR vs DC contest.
What was the Turning Point in the Game?
With 78 needed from 24 balls, the wicket of Eoin Morgan in the 19th over of KKR’s chase was the turning point of the game. While it sealed Delhi’s win, it also meant that KKR was destined to lose the contest even with Rahul Tripathi at the wicket still with too much to do.
KKR now face Chennai Super Kings in their next game in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, October 7, Delhi Capitals will travel to Dubai to face RCB on Monday, October 5.