The Kolkata Knight Riders reached their third final in IPL history as they defeated the Delhi Capitals by three wickets. The Knights snatched a thrilling low-scoring game as they were down to 130/7 from 123/1. But they managed to crawl across to their target, as they will now face the Chennai Super Kings in the finals on 15th.
As it Happened
Eoin Morgan won the toss and invited the Delhi Capitals to have a bat first. DC had a good start with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw before the latter got out to Varun Chakaravarthy. The returning Marcus Stoinis then formed a slow partnership with Dhawan. Unable to bear the pressure Stoinis got out then on 18 bringing out Shreyas Iyer.
Chakaravarthy struck again to remove Dhawan as skipper Rishabh Pant also departed soon. The dangerous Shimron Hetmeyer received a life early on as Chakaravarthy’s ball was a no-ball. He then hit a couple of huge sixes before getting run out on 17. The former captain then put on some runs in the last over as all that Delhi could manage was a total of 135 runs or the loss of 5 wickets.
Chasing the small total, KKR openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave a solid start to their innings. The duo thus played some beautiful shots and did not take much chances bringing on a half-century stand within the powerplay. The two then continued as Iyer got to his 50 in 38 balls with great compliment from Gill at the other end.
The Knights were cruising when Iyer got out on 55, bringing out Nitish Rana. Still doing well, the KKR side then suffered a decimating collapse as they lost six wickets in no time. With 6 runs to get off the last two deliveries, it was Nitish Rana who hit a maximum to take Kolkata across the mark, as no KKR middle-order batsman could score a run.
Delhi Capitals 135/5 (20) ( Shikhar Dhawan 36 (39), Shreyas Iyer 30* (27), Varun Chakaravarthy 2-26 (4) ) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 136/7 (19.5) ( Venkatesh Iyer 55 (41), Shubman Gill 46 (46), Kagiso Rabada 2-23 (4) ) by 3 wickets.
Man of the Match: Venkatesh Iyer 55 (41)