Chasing 136 to win, the KKR middle-order fell like a pack of cards, allowing DC to take the game into the last over, when at one stage it looked Kolkata would canter home. As many as four KKR batsmen fell for ducks.
Here are the major highlights from Qualifier 2:
Delhi Capitals’ Innings
Prithvi Shaw’s wicket put the brakes on DC scoring: Delhi got off to a decent start, scoring eight runs an over in the Powerplay, but Varun Chakravarthy provided KKR the much-needed breakthrough in the fifth over. He had Shaw LBW for 18 off 12 balls. The DC scoreboard read 32/1 at that stage in 4.1 overs.
Disciplined KKR bowlers never allowed DC batsmen to score freely: DC promoted comeback man Marcus Stoinis to No. 3, but he was sent back by Shivam Mavi after scoring 18 off 23 balls. Delhi’s scoring rate further suffered when the dependable Shikhar Dhawan walked back for 36 off 39 balls. He was Chakravarthy’s second wicket in an impressive spell of 2/26.
Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer took Delhi past the 130 mark: Thanks to Iyer (30* off 27 balls) and Hetmyer (17 off 10), DC managed 36 runs in the last three overs to take the score to 135/5 at the end of 20 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Innings
Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill set a solid base for the run-chase: In-form KKR openers Gill and Iyer laid the foundation their team needed to overhaul the target, as Iyer (55 off 41) and Gill (46 off 46) added 96 runs in 12.1 overs. But Kagiso Rabada struck off the next ball to dismiss Iyer.
A batting collapse saw KKR lose six wickets for just seven runs: From 123/1, the KKR scorecard took a disastrous turn to be 130/7, leaving them six runs to win off the last two balls. Rabada (2/23), Anrich Nortje (2/31) and R Ashwin (2/27) brought Delhi back from the dead, which included sending four KKR batsmen back to the hut without scoring.
Rahul Tripathi hit a six to take KKR home: The match became an unexpected thriller and Rahul Tripathi (12* off 11) ensured that the good work done by the KKR bowlers and the opening batsmen wasn’t undone, as he smashed Ashwin for a six off the penultimate ball to take his team into the final.
KKR will take on Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash on Friday, October 15.