Chasing 136 for the win, KKR fell like a packet of middle-order cards, allowing DC to take the game in the last over, when at one point it looked like Kolkata would return home. Four KKR batsmen fell for the ducks.
Here are the main highlights of Qualifier 2:
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Delhi Capital’s innings
Prithvi Shaw’s wicket gives a break in DC scoring Delhi got off to a good start, scoring eight runs in one over in the powerplay, but Varun Chakraborty gave KKR the much-needed success in the fifth over. He made Shaw lbw for 18 off 12 balls. The DC scoreboard fell 32/1 at that stage in 4.1 overs.
(Peak Wagon Wheel of Shikhar Dhawan)
Disciplined KKR bowlers have never allowed DC batsmen to score freely: DC returnee Marcus Stoinis to No. Promoted to number, but Shivam Mavi sent him back after scoring 1 18 off 2 sent. Delhi’s score was further damaged when reliable Shikhar Dhawan returned with 36 off balls. He was Chakraborty’s second wicket in the impressive spell of 2/2 of.
Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmeyer beat Delhi by 1 mark0: Thanks to Iyer (30 off 27 balls) and Hetmeyer (17 off 10 balls), DC managed 36 runs in the last three overs and took the score to 135/5 at the end of 20 overs.
(Shreyas Iyer’s Knock’s Wagon Wheel)
Kolkata Knight Riders innings
Venkatesh Iyer And Shubhaman Gill laid a solid foundation for the chase: In-form KKR openers Gill and Iyer laid the necessary foundation for their team to meet the target, as Iyer (41 off 55 balls) and Gill (46 off 46 balls) added 96 runs in 12.1 overs. But with the next ball, Kagiso Rabada hit Iyer.
(Venkatesh Iyer’s Knock’s Wagon Wheel)
Seeing a batting collapse, KKR lost six wickets for just seven runs: From 123/1, the KKR scorecard took a catastrophic turn at 130/7, winning six runs off their last six balls. Rabada (2/2), Unrich Nortje (2/311) and R Ashwin (2/227) brought Delhi back from the dead, which included sending four KKR batsmen back to the slums without scores.
(Shubhaman Gill’s Knock’s Wagon Wheel)
Rahul Tripathi hit a six to take KKR home: The match turned out to be an unexpected thriller and Rahul Tripathi (11 * to 11 *) confirmed that the good work done by the KKR bowlers and opening batsmen was not undone as he took his team to Ashwin with a six off the last ball. Final.
KKR will face Chennai Super Kings in the final on Friday 15 October.