Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan is delighted with the win against Delhi Capitals in a thrilling encounter at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wickets, to secure a berth in the finals of IPL 2021.
After winning the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders restricted the Delhi Capitals to 135 runs in 20 overs. Varun Chakravarthy bagged the crucial two wickets of both the openers. In reply, they got off to a good start adding 96 runs for the first wicket.
However, things went downhill for KKR, after Nitish Rana’s wicket. They lost five wickets for five runs, bringing the Delhi Capitals back in the game. Needing six runs off the last two deliveries, Rahul Tripathi slammed a six to get this team over the line. Reflecting on his team’s win at the post match ceremony, skipper Eoin Morgan said,
“It should’ve been a lot easier after the start we got, Venky and Gill set us the platform. Dew came in and all, but hey, we’re in the final and we’re delighted to get over the line. Would’ve loved to win convincingly but Capitals are a very good side.”
Rahul Tripathi has done superbly well for us: Eoin Morgan
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, Eoin Morgan lauded Rahul Tripathi for his match-winning effort. He added that youngsters expressing themselves freely reflects the team environment of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Eoin said,
“Six off two, the odds were probably in the favor of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done superbly well for us. It’s a nice insight into our team culture – the young guys coming in feel free to express themselves. The backroom staff has created an environment for them to do this.”
The Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the Chennai Super Kings in the finals of the Indian Premier League 2021 on October 15 at the Dubai International Stadium.
“We would like to keep going. Playing against CSK, one of the best franchises in IPL history. Anything can happen,” said Eoin Morgan.