DC vs KKR: Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders in high-scoring thriller | Cricket News – Times of India


For most part of the match, Delhi Capitals seemed to have outplanned Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah before Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi got together and induced jitters in the Capitals camp in a chase of 229, a chase which looked so probable only at this venue. Capitals averted an accident to hold KKR for an 18-run win.
The duo took KKR from 122/6 in 14th over to 200/7 with nine balls remaining.

The chase turned on its head, much like how Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia did against Kings XI Punjab in the last match here, when Rahul Tripathi took 24 runs from Marcus Stoinis in the 17th over. Then Morgan assaulted Capital’s trump card Kagiso Rabada, hitting three sixes off the first three balls of the 18th over to pick up 23 runs. And just when Morgan and Tripathi looked like repeating the Royals’ show, Anrich Nortje removed the English for 44 of 18 balls before Stoinis redeemed himself by bowling Tripathi for a 16-ball 36 off the second ball of the last over.

Once the Capitals batsmen posted a daunting total of 228/4, their bowlers strangled the KKR batsmen with wit and experience.

KKR’s chase never got started as the searing pace of Nortje and Rabada hit the bat hard up front before the guile of Amit Mishra had the batsmen literally searching for the ball. Barring that manic spell of batting by Morgan and Tripathi, the Capitals’ bowling performance seemed like an anomaly in Sharjah. Nortje finished with 3/33.
The Capitals bowling and planning was so immaculate at the top of the chase that it put their marauding batting performance in the shadow. Perhaps, it was only expected from the batsmen to score big in Sharjah. But captain Shreyas Iyer’s unbeaten 38-ball 88, Prithvi Shaw’s 41-ball 66 and Rishabh Pant’s 17-ball 38 provided the bowlers the cushion to go hard at the KKR batting.

The form of Shubman Gill, the short boundaries and the true pitch were rendered irrelevant. Gill, under pressure for the first time this season, found out hard to pace the chase. The pacers hit hard length and the spinners slowed up. It was good old, clinical bowling show by Capitals. Just as Gill thought of teeing off, he was undone by the wit of the Mishra as he top-edged a slog-sweep to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for 28 of 22 balls. Gill almost went by the batting template set by Capitals batsmen who allowed themselves enough time before going big.
That brought Rabada, who has historically dominated Andre Russell, back in play. The South African removed the ominous West Indian for 13 caught third man off a sharp bouncer. Nitish Rana’s good-looking half-century mattered for little.
Capitals would heave a huge sigh of relief while KKR would like to relook where they are using Morgan in the batting order.

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