Needing 6 off 2 balls, Rahul Tripathi smacked a six off Ravichandran Ashwin to take Kolkata Knight Riders home with a ball to spare as they set up a summit clash with Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 136, Venkatesh Iyer (55) and Shubman Gill (46) added 96 runs for the opening wicket to set a perfect platform for KKR. Earlier, disciplined KKR bowlers restricted Delhi Capitals to 135/5 in the Qualifier 2 in Sharjah. Shikhar Dhawan (36) and Shreyas Iyer (30*) top-scored for DC in tough conditions. Stay with TOI to get IPL live score, scorecard, highlights and ball by ball score updates of IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals.Read Less
I am doing what has been asked of me. I am very happy that we ended on the winning side. There is no difference. I came out and played the way I wanted to play. I am grateful to the management. It is a wonderful place to come and play. I think in the past couple of games, I have been trying to restrict myself a bit as I wanted to stay till the end. Gill is an extremely wonderful strokeplayer. My entire focus is on the final now.
We will dissect what happened in the last four overs. The openers gave us a great platform. But we have won and we are in the finals. We are delighted to get over the line. We are in the entertainment business and need to play some entertaining cricket. Six off 2 and you would say the odds are for the bowling side. But Tripathi has done it for us so many times. The guys coming in feel free to express themselves. The backroom staff have created an excellent atmosphere for that to happen. With the squad we have, we had huge expectations. Our coach BMac saw Iyer and had tracked his progress. Iyer seems to be batting on a different wicket. Anything can happen in a final!
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Kolkata Knight Riders went into the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday claiming they have a better understanding of the sluggish pitch in Sharjah. KKR captain Eoin Morgan had no hesitation to bowl first the moment he won the toss. Not surprisingly, their pacers and spinners found the absolute length straight away to stifle the Capitals batting and restrict them to a modest total of 135/5. Just when their fairytale run seemed to have been coming to a heart-breaking end in the back end of the chase, Rahul Tripathi smacked R Ashwin's long hop over the long off boundary to seal a three-wicket win with a ball to spare.
* Teams finishing in top two and not making final since 2011: Delhi Daredevils in 2012 | Gujarat Lions in 2016 | Delhi Capitals in 2021
It feels great. The win for the team was very important. We had one or two tough overs and I never thought it would go so deep. Glad we won the game. Rabada bowled the 18th over really well, but I knew that I had to just connect one. The plan was to take two if there was a possibility. If it was two, we were running, otherwise it was going to be me. It was difficult to straightaway get singles and boundaries for the new batsmen. It was keeping low and it was difficult to hit. I believed in myself and knew it was just one hit away. It has been a great journey for us after the first phase. We believed in ourselves and the approach given by Eoin and the coach helped us with the positive approach.
I don't have words to express at the moment, can't tell anything. We just kept believing, tried to stay in the game as long as possible. The bowlers nearly pulled it back, but it's unfortunate that it didn't go our way. They bowled very well in the middle-order, we got stuck and couldn't rotate strike. Delhi Capitals are known to be positive and hopefully we'll come back better next season. We played really good cricket, yes, there will be ups and downs, but we'll stay positive, be there for each other, care for each other and hopefully we'll come back better next season.
In the end, KKR chased down the target with a ball to spare. Here's how the two teams fared tonight
SIX! Rahul Tripathi (12*) smacks Ashwin over long-off for a winning six | KKR (136/7 in 19.5 overs) beat DC (135/5) by 3 wickets to set up a summit clash with CSK.
OUT! Ashwin strikes again, dismisses Sunil Narine for a duck | KKR 130/7 in 19.4 overs, need 6 in 2 balls
Sunil Narine hits it straight to Axar Patel at long-off. The game has turned and how. WOW!
OUT! Ashwin strikes to dismiss Shakib (0) | KKR 130/6 in 19.3 overs, need 6 off 3 balls
* Ravi Ashwin to defend 6 runs in the final over
OUT! Anrich Nortje dismisses Eoin Morgan for 0 | KKR 129/5 in 19 overs, need 7 in 6 balls
BOWLED! KKR skipper Eoin Morgan drags one into his stumps to walk back to the pavilion for a duck. Second wicket for Anrich Nortje.
OUT! Rabada cleans up Karthik for 0 | KKR 126/4 in 18 overs, need 10 off 12 balls
BOWLED! Kagiso Rabada completes his spell with a wicket, clean bowls Dinesh Karthik for a duck. Second wicket for Rabada - 2 for 23 in 4 overs. A wicket and just one single in his final over. Is there a twist in the tale?
KKR 125/3 after 17 overs, need 11 more in 18 balls
Brilliant over from Avesh Khan - a big wicket and just two singles from it. KKR are though still in the driver's seat. 1 for 22 from 4 overs for Avesh Khan.
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OUT! Avesh Khan gets rid of Shubman Gill (46) | KKR 125/3 in 16.4 overs
BIG WICKET! Wicket No. 24 for Avesh Khan. An outside edge and Shubman Gill's mature knock comes to an end. Avesh Khan with the big break for Delhi. Gill scored run-a-ball 46 with the help of a six and a four. KKR need 11 more to win.
OUT! Anrich Nortje dismisses Nitish Rana (13) | KKR 123/2 in 16 overs | TIme for final time-out
Nitish Rana hits it straight to Shimron Hetmyer at fine leg boundary. First wicket for Anrich Nortje. KKR need 13 more in 24 balls to win the contest.
Nortje to Gill | SIX! KKR 122/1 in 15.4 overs
BANG! Shubman Gill (44*) smacks Anrich Nortje over long-on for a big six. CLASS!
KKR now need 23 off 30 balls to meet CSK in the summit clash with 9 wickets in hand
KKR 113/1 after 15 overs, need 23 in 30 balls
A dropped in the first ball and an over throw off the last as Avesh Khan gave away 5 runs in this tidy over. KKR can now see themselves in the final for sure.
* DROPPED! Ravi Ashwin drops a sitter at third man boundary to give Nitish Rana, on 9, a life off Avesh Khan | KKR 109/1 in 14.1 overs