Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday (October 13) to reach the final of the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan’s team won by 3 wickets. In reply to Delhi’s 135 runs in the allotted 20 overs, Shah Rukh Khan’s team got the taste of victory by losing 6 wickets with one ball in hand. Shakib remained wicketless and was dismissed for zero after playing two balls.
Kolkata openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Ayyar put on 97 runs for the loss of three wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Ayre, who was playing a comparative hit, was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada with a catch to substitute Steve Smith. He scored 55 runs off 41 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes.
After that Kolkata lost three wickets and fell under pressure. After Gill, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik also returned to the pavilion. Gill was dismissed for 46, Rana for 13 and Karthik for zero. Along with Shakib, Kolkata’s Morgan, Narine and Lucky Ferguson could not score any runs. In this situation, the fear of defeat overwhelmed Kolkata. But Rahul Tripathi hit six off the fifth ball of the 20th over to give the team the victory.
Narkia, Ashwin and Rabada took two wickets each for Delhi. Aves Khan got one wicket.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Delhi scored 135 runs in 20 overs. In the first over made by Shakib, Delhi collected only 1 run. Although the Bangladeshi all-rounder spent 23 runs in the next two overs. In the end Shakib gave 26 runs in 4 overs but did not see the wicket. Dhawan scored 36 off 39 balls for Delhi, hitting a four and two sixes. Apart from that, Shreyas Ayyar scored 30 not out off 28 balls, Prithvi Shaw scored 18 off 12 balls and Marcus Stoinis scored 18 off 23 balls.
Like Shakib, Sunil Narine was wicketless for Kolkata. He bowled 4 overs and scored 26 runs. Varun Chakraborty took two wickets and Lucky Ferguson and Shivam Mavi took one wicket each.