Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by 59 runs in the 42nd match of the 13th season of IPL. Batting first after losing the toss, Kolkata gave a target of 195 runs. In reply, Delhi could only manage to score 135 runs for 9 wickets. Varun Chakravarthy gave the best performance of his IPL career. He took 5 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs. With this victory, Kolkata has strengthened its claim to the play-offs.
DC’s skipper Shreyas Iyer scored the most 47 runs for Delhi. Apart from him, Rishabh Pant scored 27 runs. At the same time, apart from Varun for KKR, Pat Cummins got 3 and Lockie Ferguson got one wicket in the match.
Kolkata Scored 194 Runs For 6 Wickets
After losing the toss and invited to bat first, Kolkata got some early shocks but due to fifty of Nitish Rana (81) and Sunil Narine (64), Kolkata scored 194 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. This is Rana’s 10th IPL and Naren’s fourth fifty. Apart from this, Eoin Morgan was dismissed on 17 runs by Kagiso Rabada. Delhi’s Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis got 2-2 wickets.
Rana’s Tribute to His Father-in-Law
Rana gave an emotional tribute to his late father-in-law Sunder Marwah during the match. He died due to cancer on Friday. After completing Fifty, he showed the jersey with the name Sunder written on it. The official Twitter handle of IPL confirmed this with caption-
Sent in to open the innings, @NitishRana_27 responds with a fine and dedicates it to his father in law, who passed away yesterday.
Here’s the Tweet
Kolkata Lost 2 Wickets in The Power-Play
Kolkata sends Nitish Rana to open with Shubman Gill. Gill could only score 9 runs and caught by Axar Patel on the ball of Anrich Nortje. After this, Rahul Tripathi (13) was also bowled by Nortje. Kolkata scored 36 for 2 in the power-play. After this, Dinesh Karthik could score only 3 runs and Kagiso Rabada send him back to the pavilion.
Sunil Narine-Nitish Rana 100+ Runs Partnership
Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine handled the innings after Kolkata lost 3 wickets early in the power-play. Both played vigorously, hitting fours and sixes on a bad ball. The two made a 115-run partnership for the fourth wicket which helps Kolkata Knight Riders to challenge Delhi Capitals with a huge target of 195 runs.
Man of The Match
Varun Chakravarthy is adjudged Man of the Match for his outstanding spell of 5/20.
Changes in Playing 11
Ajinkya Rahane and Enrich Nortje replaced Prithvi Shaw and Daniel Symes in the playing XI of Delhi Capitals. At the same time, in Kolkata, Sunil Narine and Kamlesh Nagerkoti replaced Kuldeep Yadav and Tom Benton.
Kolkata & Delhi Playing 11
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Sunil Naren, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Prasidh Krishna and Varun Chakraborty.
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande and Anrich Nortje.