The second phase of IPL 2021 started in UAE on 19 September. Match No.59 Qualifier 2 was played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals in Sharjah. Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals and won the match by 3 wickets. And qualify for the finals.
Delhi Capitals made a brisk start thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw but struggled after the power play on this slow pitch. Varun Chakravarthy removed both openers while Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson got rid of Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant in quick succession to put Delhi Capitals on the back foot. Shreyas Iyer’s 30 not out late cameos then took Delhi to 135 for 5.
Kolkata Knight Riders have added a 96 run opening stand. Nitish Rana has joined Shubman Gill as Delhi are eyeing a miraculous turnaround.
Meanwhile, KKR needs 13 runs from 24 balls. But Delhi Capitals bowlers put their heart and soul into the match. As Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine all fall for 0. Kagiso Rabada brilliantly bowled 18th over only 1 run gave and takes the wicket of Karthik. 19th over bowled by Anrich Nortje a terrific over by him only gave 3 runs and take a wicket of skipper Eoin Morgan.
Now KKR need 7 runs in 6 balls:
Ravichandran Ashwin who was bought on to bowl the final over has removed Shakib Al Hasan for 0. He has done a fine job so far. Sunil Narine is the new man. He goes for the merry shot but gets caught at long-on. Narine also falls for 0.
IPL 2021: Rahul Tripathi has done it for KKR
Then Rahul Tripathi finishes off in style with a Six! And take KKR to the final.
Iyer hits his 3rd IPL fifty :
Venkatesh Iyer has gotten out but he has done the job, hitting a quickfire 55. Venkatesh hits his 3rd IPL fifty for this season. And the big one too as he got it in the big match. Iyer gets into the landmark in just 38 balls. This has been a terrific start to Iyer career. He has played a major role in helping Kolkata reverse their fortunes after the horror start to the season in India’s leg.
The 26-year all-rounder stat back with the Indian team for the T20 World Cup as one of their net bowlers.
Now KKR will play the 3rd IPL finals after a very long time. They play their last IPL final in 2014 and claim the trophy to their name. It’s been very interesting to see the IPL 2021 final between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings on 15 October.