Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of IPL 2021 to reach the final. He had a target of 136 runs in Sharjah on Wednesday, which he seemed to achieve easily at one point, but in the last moments the match turned such that the heartbeat of the viewers increased greatly.
In the last four overs, Kolkata needed 13 runs to win. He had eight wickets in hand. From here the match was in his grasp. But many exciting things happen on the cricket field and something similar was about to happen here too. Avesh Khan came to bowl the 17th over for Delhi. Avesh Khan scored two runs in the first three balls of this over. On the fourth ball, he got Shubman Gill, who was playing on the set, caught by Rishabh Pant. Gill scored 46 runs off 46 balls. After this Dinesh Karthik could not score any run in the next two balls.
The 18th over was now in the hands of Rabada. This experienced pacer of South Africa showed his wonder here. Rahul Tripathi could not score any run in the first four balls of the over. Rabada kept changing the pace continuously, in front of which this Kolkata batsman looked uncomfortable. Tripathi could somehow score a run on the fifth ball of the over. But this was a breakthrough for Delhi. Delhi bowler Rabada made the match exciting by bowling Karthik.
Now Kolkata needed 10 runs in two overs. Enrich Nortje comes in to bowl this over. Tripathi scored two runs on the first ball of this Delhi pacer. Another run was scored off the third ball. After this, captain Eoin Morgan could not score any runs. He missed the next two balls. He got bowled on the last ball of the over. The ball hit the inner edge of his bat and went through the wickets. Morgan’s poor form continued here as well.
Now it was the last over. Kolkata needed 7 runs to win. Rahul Tripathi scored a run on the first ball of Ashwin’s over. Shakib Al Hasan was in front on the next ball. Shakib was making room by stepping back. But Ashwin’s ball hit his back pad.
Now on the third ball, Shakib went to scoop the ball. The ball hit his pad. Ashwin made a strong appeal. The umpire raised a finger.
Now six runs were needed from three balls. The new batsman came Sunil Narine. Narayan played an aerial shot on the very first ball. Once it felt that the ball went out of the field. but that did not happen. Axar Patel took a brilliant catch on the boundary.
Kolkata needed six runs to win off the last two balls. It was a good length ball outside off-stump. This is what Rahul Tripathi was waiting for. He hit a hard shot over the head of the bowler. Tripathi’s restraint came in handy and Kolkata reached the final for the third time. Delhi’s dream shattered.
Earlier, Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Delhi’s batsmen could not play freely on this wicket and in the end could only score 135 runs for five wickets.