Delhi Capitals (DC) have registered their third win by beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs. With this, Delhi has now reached the top of the points table with 6 points. While batting first here, Delhi gave Kolkata a huge target of 229 runs, in which KKR could score 210 runs. For KKR, apart from Nitish Rana (58), Eoin Morgan (44) played quick innings but he could not win his team.
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Rahul Tripathi and Eoin Morng raised hope
Kolkata had lost 6 wickets for 123 runs. Rahul Tripathi and Eoin Morgan were on the field now. Both batsmen scored 77 runs in the next 30 balls to reach KKR’s score of 200. But on this score, Eoin Morgan (44), who was playing a brilliant innings, was dismissed. In his 18-ball innings, Morgan scored 1 four and 5 sixes. Rahul Tripathi also supported him at the other end. He scored 36 runs in his 16-ball innings with the help of 3 fours and 3 sixes. However, in the 20th over, he was bowled by Stoinis’ ball and KKR’s hopes of winning the match were dashed.
Massive target of 229 and of KKR bad Beginning
The Kolkata Knight Riders team had to face a huge challenge here. He needed to start his opening batsman Sunil Narine today. But Naren failed in his fourth match of the season. Nortje bowled him for the first blow with a personal score of 3 runs. KKR will now have to think about Sunil Narine’s performance. Naren has proved to be a flop in all four innings so far.
With Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill
Nitish Rana came to the crease after losing the first wicket early and played with Shubman Gill in a brilliant style. Both batsmen added 59 runs by the end of the Powerplay game. But after the powerplay, Shubman Gill (29) was dismissed by the ball of Amit Mishra. Rishabh Pant caught his easy catch.
Andre Russell did not run
KKR had fielded their powerful batsman Andre Russell at number 4 today for the purpose of doing a big blast on this small ground. But Russell was able to score 13 runs here. He was hunted by Kagiso Rabada. After Russell, Nitish Rana, who was batting brilliantly, caught Akshar Patel (Substitute) in an attempt to hit a long shot off Harshal Patel. Rana scored four fours and four sixes in this 35-ball innings. This was KKR’s fourth wicket at 117. But on the next ball of Harshal, captain Dinesh Karthik also gave a catch to Shikhar Dhawan and made KKR more difficult.
In the end, Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi made 73 runs in 30 balls to bring KKR back into the match. But both batsmen lost their wickets in an attempt to maintain the required run pace and KKR returned to the match and lost the game by 10 runs.
Thrill of delhi innings
Earlier, Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss here and invited Delhi to bat first. Delhi had set a mammoth 228-run target in front of KKR thanks to the brilliant half-century of captain Shreyas Iyer (88 *) and Prithvi Shaw (66).
Pant and Dhawan also shine
Apart from these two, wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant (38) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) scored superb runs. For KKR, only Andre Russell was the lowest bowler in his 4 overs, taking 2 wickets for 29 runs.
The pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan added 56 runs for the first wicket here. After this, Shikhar Varun Chakraborty lost his wicket on the ball, then he was joined by Captain Iyer, who shared a 73-run partnership for the second wicket. Here, Prithvi Shaw was dismissed by Kamlesh Nagerkoti on a personal score of 66. Sav scored 4 fours and 4 sixes in this 41-ball innings.
Captain Iyer also scored an unbeaten 88 off 38 balls, in which he hit 7 fours and 6 sixes. Apart from him, Pant gave a useful contribution of 38 runs in 17 balls, which included 5 fours and a six.