Kolkata Knight Riders virtually dedicated hara-kiri in what appeared like a simple run chase towards Delhi Capitals within the IPL Qualifier 2 right here on Wednesday and captain Eoin Morgan mentioned a correct postmortem of the final 4 overs will likely be accomplished later. Chasing 136 to win, KKR have been cruising at 123 for 1 in 15.5 overs however the match took an extremely dramatic flip after they misplaced 5 wickets for seven runs, with 4 batters getting out for nought.
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It was Rahul Tripathi, who finally saved the crew the blushes with a penultimate ball six, which sealed KKR a spot within the last towards Chennai Super Kings. “Should’ve been a lot easier after the start we got. The openers gave us a great platform. We will dissect what happened in the last four overs,” Morgan mentioned through the post-match presentation.
“Dew came in and all, but hey, we have won and we are in the finals. We are delighted to get over the line. Would’ve loved to win convincingly but Capitals are a very good side. “Six off two, the odds were probably in favour of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done superbly well for us.”
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DC captain Rishabh Pant was left surprised by the flip of occasions after his crew managed to take the sport to the final over solely to fall brief ultimately.
“I don’t have words to express at the moment, can’t tell anything,” he mentioned.
“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.”
He credited the opposition bowlers for making it troublesome to attain runs. “They bowled very well in the middle-overs, we got stuck and couldn’t rotate strike,” Pant mentioned.
“Delhi Capitals are known to be positive and hopefully we’ll come back better next season.”
KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 41-ball 55, mentioned he performed freely and didn’t attempt to limit himself.
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“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. But then I thought it is not me. I was losing out on the present trying to be a bit conservative,” he mentioned.
“(Opening partner Shubman) Gill is an extremely wonderful strokeplayer. My entire focus is on the final now.”
On his match-winning six, Tripathi mentioned: “It feels nice. The win was essential. One or two robust overs, and it will go so deep we by no means thought.
“The 18th over was an important over by Rabada. I needed to simply join one, and by chance I linked at this time, so I’m very comfortable.
“It was troublesome when you go in. Straightaway to get these boundaries was troublesome. The ball was protecting a little bit low. After the primary section, we have been a little bit down. We have been at all times searching for optimistic choices.”
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