Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by 59 runs in Abu Dhabi to register their sixth win of this IPL campaign. This was their first win under their new skipper Eoin Morgan since he took charge from Dinesh Karthik. They now get to 12 points, while keeping their place in the top for. Delhi, meanwhile lost their second game on the bounce. Still, they are holding onto the second spot. More about the KKR vs DC match report in detail below.
Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted to field first. Batting first KKR were 44 for 2 in the first eight overs. That is when Sunil Narine (64 off 32) walked into bat at number five and upped the scoring rate for KKR. Along with Nitish Rana (83) added 115 in the middle overs and counter attacked the DC spinners.
Courtesy of their big-hitting and the late blitz by skipper Eoin Morgan, KKR reached a more than competitive 194 for 6. Dinesh Karthik walking out to bat at number four and before the 10-over mark scored three of six balls before getting dismissed.
Kolkata Knight Riders Pull One Bak Against DC
Delhi Capitals were not at all in the game during their chase. Varun Chakravarty took five 20 to take the sting out of the DC chase. While the Delhi spinners went for runs in the middle overs, KKR spinners slowed the run-rate down to make it difficult for the Delhi batters. Before Varun, Pat Cummins dismissed the Delhi openers in his first spell to leave the middle-order to do a lot of the scoring. He picked up the key wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (6) in his first two opening overs. He finished with three for 17 from his spell. At the Delhi reached 135 /9 as KKR won the game by 59 runs.
What Was the Turning Point in The Game?
Varun Chakravarty bowled the best spell of this IPL to turn the game around for KKR, who were badly in need of a win after conceding two big losses. He took five for 20, to take the sting out of Delhi’s chase.
Varun for his matchwinning spell of bowling was adjudged as the Man of the Match. He has the most wickets for KKR this season with 12 wickets from 10 games this season so far.
“This is surreal. The last few games I didn’t get wickets. I wanted to get one or two today, but thank god I got five. I enjoyed Shreyas Iyer’s wicket the most. I was bowling to the shorter boundary so I had to attack the stumps. I want to thank my mother Hema Malini, father Vinoth Chakravarathy and fiancée Neha. And all my physios” said Varun.
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