The season’s first Super-over was witnessed in the game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.
Sent in to bat first, KKR recovered after a blistering partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell, which helped them notch 185 on the board. Led by fine innings from Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer, DC seemed well on course to chase the target, till a splendid over from Kuldeep Yadav ensured that the game ended in a tie.
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DC won the Super-over, as fans were witness to a thriller.
Here is how the four uncapped stars performed in the game.
Nikhil Naik (KKR)
The keeper surprisingly came in place of Sunil Narine, who was injured for the game. Naik’s entry meant that KKR played only three foreign players, which proved to be a blunder in hindsight as Naik struggled to get going, managing only 7 runs in 16 balls.
Nitish Rana (KKR)
Much was expected from the star of the first two games as he returned to play at his home ground. However, with the track difficult to bat on early on, Rana struggled to get going and disappointed as he made only 1 run off 2 deliveries. Karthik called him to bowl an over during DC’s innings, in hopes that he could break Shaw and Iyer’s partnership, but he failed to create an impact, going for 8 runs in his one over.
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Prasidh Krishna (KKR)
The match ebbed and flowed for Krishna. He had a wonderful start as he kept attacking the batsmen with pace – well above the 140kmph-mark. He controlled and varied his line and length wonderfully throughout the innings, but almost let the match slip away in the seventeenth over when he was smashed for three fours by Shaw. However, he returned in the crucial super-over to help restrict DC to only ten runs. His calmness and composure and the way he lived up to the management’s expectations won him a lot of fans, and though KKR lost the game, Krishna emerged as the brightest star on the day.
Harshal Patel (Delhi Capitals)
Patel was expensive as he bore the onslaught on Andre Russell’s manic hitting but was also the most successful bowler for his team as he scalped two wickets on the day. He started off bowling fuller and varied his pace brilliantly, and got the rewards almost immediately as he caught Robbie Uthappa plumb in front of the wickets. In the very next ball, he sent back Nitish Rana with a back of a length delivery that was flicked to fine leg by the batter. He did send down a nasty beamer to Russell, that saw him down on the ground, and it was a downward spiral for Patel henceforth, as the big West Indian attacked Patel with all his power and muscle.