Indian Premier League, 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals - Match 41

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 28 September 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders 130/7

RR: 7.09 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill c Shreyas Iyer & b Kagiso Rabadac Shreyas Iyer & b Kagiso Rabada303312
Venkatesh Iyer bowled Lalit Yadavbowled Lalit Yadav141520
Rahul Tripathi c Steven Smith & b Avesh Khanc Steven Smith & b Avesh Khan9501
Nitish Rana not out not out 362722
Eoin Morgan c Lalit Yadav & b Ravichandran Ashwinc Lalit Yadav & b Ravichandran Ashwin0200
Dinesh Karthik bowled Avesh Khanbowled Avesh Khan121420
Sunil Narine c Axar Patel & b Anrich Nortjec Axar Patel & b Anrich Nortje211012
Tim Southee bowled Avesh Khanbowled Avesh Khan3500
Lockie Ferguson not out not out 0000
Sandeep Warrier
Varun Chakravarthy
Extras 5 (b 1, lb 1, w 2, nb 1)
Total 130 (7 Wkts, 18.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
28-1 (Venkatesh Iyer,4.3), 43-2 (Rahul Tripathi,5.5), 67-3 (Shubman Gill,11), 67-4 (Eoin Morgan,11.2), 96-5 (Dinesh Karthik,14.4), 122-6 (Sunil Narine,16.5), 126-7 (Tim Southee,18),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Anrich Nortje2.2 0 15 1 6.82
Axar Patel3 0 13 0 4.33
Ravichandran Ashwin4 0 24 1 6.00
Lalit Yadav3 0 35 1 11.67
Avesh Khan3 0 13 3 4.33
Kagiso Rabada3 1 28 1 9.33
Steven Smith0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant 0 0 0 0 0
Shimron Hetmyer0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this match! Delhi's 4-match winning streak has been broken and by doing so, Kolkata have kept their hopes alive in this season. The next clash of the evening involves Mumbai and Punjab and the action is about to begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). Switch tabs and do join us. Cheers!

Sunil Narine has been picked for the Man of the Match award for his match-winning cameo. He also had amazing bowling figures of 4-0-18-2 in the game.

Earlier in the day, Delhi struggled on a challenging surface. Steven Smith and Rishabh Pant put up a little bit of resistance and took Delhi to a fighting total and their bowlers also fought bravely. A special mention for Avesh Khan who bowled his heart out and claimed a 3-wicket haul. The knock of Shubman Gill upfront was very handy and then the rest chipped in as well. This chase could have become very tight had Sunil Narine not taken Kagiso Rabada to the cleaners in the 16th over. Once the momentum was stolen there, Kolkata easily closed the game with 10 balls to spare.

A bit of a bumpy ride but Kolkata have reached home safely! A target of 128 was always going to be tricky on this sluggish surface but the positive approach of Kolkata made it easy for them. Their openers once again succeeded in setting the tone and despite losing two wickets in the Powerplay, Kolkata managed to score decently. Delhi unleashed their army of spinners and it did become slightly scary for Kolkata at one stage. There were a few moments when the chase started to drift away from them but Nitish Rana stood at one end like a rock and his useful stands with Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Narine helped the 2-time champions in crossing the line.

18.2
4
Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, FOUR! Bang! Kolkata win by 3 wickets! Superb shot. Back of a length, around off, Nitish Rana goes deep inside the crease and whacks it over backward point. Kagiso Rabada, in the deep, dives across to his left but it beats his attempt and finds the fence.  
18.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Mix-up but no harm done! A bit short and on middle, Nitish works it gently to the leg side and initially looks for a run. Lockie Ferguson responds but is sent back after that. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.

Lockie Ferguson is the new man in.

17.6
0
Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, OUT! Bowled! Avesh Khan has another. His season is getting better and better. A bit short in length around off, Southee stays back to heave it over the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto the stumps. 50 wickets in T20s for Avesh Khan and he has a smile on his face. Kolkata need 2 runs to win.
17.5
1
Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, Pitches it up and around off, Rana pushes it gently to the right of mid off for one. 
17.4
1
Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Direct hit would have been close. Fuller and on off, Southee drills it to mid off and rushes for a single. Rabada misses his shy at the bowler's end. 3 needed more.
17.3
2
Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, In the air... Safe! Short in length, around off, Southee top-edges his attempted pull to deep square leg. It falls safely, away from the diving attempt of the fielder in the deep and they take two.
17.2
0
Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Slower one, on a length around off, Tim drags it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
17.1
0
Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Around off, on a length, Southee closes the face of his bat and pushes it to mid-wicket.

Avesh Khan (2-0-9-2) comes back to bowl.

16.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Sharp delivery, outside off, Rana pushes and misses. Fine over from Anrich Nortje. 3 from it. 6 needed more for a win. 

Tim Southee is the new man in.

16.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, OUT! Narine is gone! A needless shot but this is how he bats! Back of a length, outside off, Sunil Narine camps back to smack it through the line but it takes the top edge and flies to extra cover. Axar Patel is underneath it. End of a match-winning knock, possibly.
16.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, PANT IN PAIN! Sharp delivery, that's quick. Nortje bowls it with a cross-seam and lands it on a length close to off, Rana tries to cut but misses. It goes to Pant and moves towards his right. He tries to collect it but misses. That brushes his fingertips and deflects away. They cross for a bye. Physio comes out.
16.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Wide! An attempted slower one by Anrich. It goes wrong though. Too wide outside off and Rana makes a leave.
16.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Full toss on middle, Narine goes back and hits it to the left of the mid-wicket fielder. They cross for a run.
16.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Another miss! Slower one, on a length and outside off, Narine is very early with the swing of his bat and misses.
16.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Swing and a miss! Anrich Nortje fires across a yorker-length delivery outside off, Narine tries to make contact but misses.

Strategic Time-Out! Well, the game was evenly poised before the 16th over but it has now drifted towards Kolkata and they need just 9 runs from 24 balls now! Kagiso Rabada lost his radar in the previous over and Sunil Narine has taken full toll of it! A gem of an innings from him and well supported by Nitish Rana. Anrich Nortje comes to bowl the 17th over for Delhi.

15.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, Slower one probably, shortish and outside off, Narine hits it firmly to covers where the fielder makes a half-stop only. A single to end the over, 21 from it and only 9 needed more.
15.5
6
Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, SIX! Sunil Narine has muscled this one as well. Again the length is on the shorter side, Narine loves it there and spanks it over mid-wicket. One no ball has put off Rabada here.
15.4
4
Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, FOUR! Narine is driving Kolkata home here with his bat. This one is right from the meat of the bat. Slightly short and on middle, Narine clears his front leg and clobbers it over square leg for a boundary.
15.3
6
Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, SIX! Not from the middle of the bat but it has gone the distance. Short and on middle, Narine hangs back to pull but it takes the top edge and flies over fine leg. Lands flush on the rope it seems.
15.2
2
Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, Hammered down the ground! Full toss on middle, Narine smashes it over the bowler's head and collects two.
15.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Nitish Rana, A low full toss outside off, Rana pushes it through covers for a single. Rabada has overstepped. It's a no ball. Free Hit to follow...
15.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Nitish Rana, Sharp delivery at 135 clicks, a bit short and around leg, Rana defends it back towards the bowler.

Kagiso Rabada (2-1-7-1) is back into the attack.

14.6
1
Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, Fuller and outside off, slower in pace, Rana drives it through cover-point for a run. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, 30 needed off 30 balls, exciting stuff!
14.5
1
Avesh Khan to Sunil Narine, Shortish around middle, Narine stays back and guides it to third man for a single.

Sunil Narine is the new man in.

14.4
0
Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, OUT! SOUND OF TIMBER! Dinesh Karthik runs out of luck. A sequence of dot balls and there is a wicket for Avesh Khan. The slower one does the trick. It's a bit on the shorter side, around off at 126 kph, Karthik stays back inside the crease and tries to run it down to third man. The ball though arrives late, takes the inner portion of his bat and disturbs the stumps behind. This game takes another twist. 32 needed off 32 balls, 5 wickets in the bank for Kolkata.
14.3
0
Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Khan darts it in, on a fuller length around middle, Karthik shows the full face of the bat and digs it out back to the bowler.
14.2
0
Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Play and a miss! Short in length, around off, DK stands back and tries to help his pull shot on the leg side but misses.
14.1
0
Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Karthik almost drags it on! The luck is surely with him at the moment. Avesh bowls it on a length around off, Karthik tries to defend but it takes the bottom edge and goes very closely past the sticks.

Avesh Khan (1-0-7-1) is back into the attack.

13.6
1
Lalit Yadav to Dinesh Karthik, Shorter one, around off, DK pulls it in front of square leg for a run. 20 from the over and in the context of this game, it's fatal for Delhi. 32 needed off 36 balls.
13.5
4
Lalit Yadav to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! DK, the master of edges! Gets another boundary for Kolkata. This over has released all the pressure. Quicker one, fired wide outside off, Karthik got back to cut but it took the outside edge and ran away to the third man fence.
13.4
1
Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Flatter and on middle, short in length, Nitish goes back and helps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.3
6
Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, SIX! Rana is targeting Yadav here. Quicker, flatter and fuller on off, Nitish Rana sits down on one knee and smokes it over wide long on for another maximum. 38 needed off 39 balls now.
13.2
6
Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, SIX! This will help in bringing down the asking rate that has climbed up in the last few overs. Rana uses his feet to a full ball outside off and launches it behind the bowler's head for a maximum.
13.1
2
Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Flatter one, short and around off, Rana goes deep inside the crease and cuts it past backward point for two.

Lalit Yadav (2-0-15-1) comes back into the attack.

12.6
0
Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Back of a length, on off at 135.7 kph, Karthik is on his toes as he punches it to covers. Two dots to end the over, 52 needed off 42 balls.
12.5
0
Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Again it's short and sharp around off, at 141 clicks, Karthik pushes inside the line and misses.
12.4
4
Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Lucky boundary, that helps in calming down the nerves. Short in length and outside off, Karthik flashes his blade at it and edges it down to third man for a boundary.
12.3
2
Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Good placement from DK!  Pitches it up and around off, Karthik drives it past the left side of mid off and collects a couple of runs.