Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a thrilling win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in super-over on Saturday, March 30 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, KKR lost the opener Nikhil Naik for mere 7; who came into the place of Sunil Narine. They lost in-form Robin Uthappa very cheaply and KKR managed to put up 36 runs in 6 overs with the loss of two wickets.

But Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana’s back to back dismissals and Shubman Gill’s run-out left KKR struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs. However, a 95-run partnership between the captain Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell powered to 185 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 186, DC were looking comfortable at the middle. Opener Prithvi Shaw scored a 55-ball 99 and tried his best to finish the chase. However, tight bowling helped KKKR to tie the match while Kagiso Rabada’s brilliant spell in the super over helped DC to win the game.

Here are the three talking points

The Karthik-Russell partnership

Put into bat, KKR didn’t get the start what they are accustomed to as they lost quick wickets. At first Nikhil Naik for 7 and then Robin Uthappa for 11. All eyes were on Nitish Rana as the man has been in a good form. But he flicked a back length delivery towards fine leg and Rabada took a well-judged catch running to his right.

His dismissal brought youngster Shubman Gill on the crease. He played a crucial knock in KKR’s run-chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But he failed to support his captain Dinesh Karthik and ran out for 4; which brought Andre Russell in the middle.

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Both Russell and Karthik started to steady the ship, rotated the strike and hit a few big shots whenever required. Their stable knock helped KKR to reach the 100-run mark in the 14th over. Russell chose Chris Morris for big shots in the 15th over where he hit two boundaries and a maximum. Later he hit two sixes in the 16th over off Harshal Patel and in the 17th over, he completed his half-century off 23.

Karthik, on the other hand, took an anchor’s role and allowed Russell to play his game. Karthik smashed a six towards fine leg and brought up his half-century in style. But, he couldn’t play more and dismissed in the next ball.

They were struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs and they put up a total of 185/8 in 20 overs. Very teams can recover in this situation how KKR did last night. The 95-run partnership between Karthik and Russell helped them to put up a fighting total on board.

Prithvi Shaw’s blistering form

Chasing the huge total, DC got off to a flying start where Prithvi Shaw ended the first over with a boundary. He started to build his innings and chose Russell to hit a boundary and a maximum in the sixth over. 

On the other end, Shreyas Iyer struggled a little bit after Dhawan’s dismissal. Though they started to make a solid partnership and managed to put up 82 after 10 overs. After that, Shaw started to accelerate his innings and brought up his half-century in the 11th over. He continued to punish the bowlers by hitting big shots.

He reached 96 by hitting three boundaries off Kuldeep Yadav in the 17th over. But he was not able to convert his 99 to hundred as he was dismissed by Ferguson in the 19th over. His blistering knock helped DC to equal the score.

Kagiso Rabada’s super-over spell

The game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders ended up in a tie. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer came to bat while Prasidh Krishna bowled the super-over. He conceded 10 runs and dismissed Iyer as well.

In reply, Russell and Karthik came to chase the total while Rabada with the ball to defend the total. The first ball went for a boundary towards square leg. The second one was a yorker and Russell somehow managed to save his wicket but he was dismissed in the third one as Rabada’s yorker uprooted his middle stump. Three singles came from the next three balls and Delhi registered a nail-biting win over Kolkata.


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