IPL 2019, Match 26: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals- We Were 10-15 Runs Short of a Par First Innings Score Says Dinesh Karthik
Delhi Capitals registered their 4th victory of Vivo IPL 12 and also their 2nd win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in as many matches after defeating the two-time champions by 7 wickets and with more than an over to spare. Shikhar Dhawan’s knock of 97 ensured Delhi Capitals chased down a target of 179 quite convincingly in the end. For KKR, Shubhman Gill played a great knock of 65 while the late push was again provided by Andre Russell who scored 45 of 22.
After winning the toss it was Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer who won the toss and asked the hosts to bat. In the absence of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn, Joe Denly replaced Lynn at the top of the order. In place of Sunil Narine, it was Shubhman Gill who came out to open the innings. Joe Denly had a horrible debut as he was castled by Ishant Sharma in the very first delivery of the match.
Shubhman Gill and Robin Uthappa resurrected the innings from the early scare and shared a 63 runs stand. Gill, in particular, played some delightful shots and was supported brilliantly by Uthappa at the other end. It was a fast delivery from Kagiso Rabada which dismissed Uthappa. KKR had a sluggish few overs as Nitish Rana failed to time the ball.
Shubhman Gill, on the other hand, looked good and completed his 2nd IPL half-century in 34 deliveries. He struck a few lusty blows after the completion of his half-century and was subsequently dismissed by Kemmo Paul after he made 65 of 39 deliveries. Yet again the much-needed late impetus was provided by Andre Russell who smashed a 22 balls 45 to take KKR to a score of 178 in their allotted 20 overs.
Russell’s knock was studded with 3 fours and 4 sixes which include a couple of mistimed shots of Kagiso Rabada which went over the ropes. The pick of the Delhi Capitals bowlers was Chris Morris, Rabada and Keemo Paul who chipped in with a couple of wickets each. However, all the three bowlers went for over 9 runs an over.
Chasing a moderate target, Delhi Capitals began very well with Prithvi Shaw looking in great touch. He struck a four and a six of the first over but was dismissed by Prasidh Krishna in his 2nd over. On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan got off to a great start and smashed Prasidh Krishna for a couple of fours and a six in his 2nd over.
Shreyas Iyer was dismissed cheaply but Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, kept going. He completed a useful half-century and was supported well by Rishabh Pant. Dhawan continued his prowess in the crease and shared a match-winning partnership with Rishabh Pant. Dhawan went on to remain unbeaten on 97 of 63 deliveries which proved to be the difference between the two franchises. Rishabh Pant also played well for a knock of 46 of 31 deliveries. However, he was dismissed yet again when his team was within touching distance of the target. He has to learn to finish of matches.
Now here is what losing skipper Dinesh Karthik said at the post-match presentation
To be honest the par score was 10-15 runs more than that. We didn’t bat well and didn’t post a good score. I expected our bowlers to perform better, that didn’t happen though. Such things happen in a game of cricket. They (Lynn and Narine) are two key players and missing them is never good. But Shubman grabbed the opportunity and played really well. You are always going to have replacements.
It was hard on Joe to get out on the first ball, but I am sure he’ll come back strong in the next game. I think picking wickets on this ground has been difficult but bowlers can work on few areas and come back harder. That’s what IPL is all about, coming back stronger every time you can.
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