KKR must rue their chances in the defeat against Delhi Capitals but it was KKR making comebacks into the game all along while DC looked to be cruising all the time. Super over is anyone's game and KKR could not better their record of never winning a match in a super over.
Losing the toss batting first. KKR were without their first choice opener Sunil Narine resulting in Nikhil Naik getting a game. Nikhil could not do much though as he was the first to get out in the 4th over. A mini-collapse led KKR from 1 for 36 to 4 for 44 in the 8th over. They were just above run a ball when Shubman Gill got out as the 5th wicket. But thereon, Captain Dinesh Karthik and power hitter Andre Russell upped the ante in a 95 run partnership in 52 deliveries. Karthik and some handy lower order contributions led KKR to reach a fighting 185.
In defense, KKR started off badly, as the Delhi openers Dhawan and Shaw, got them off to a quick start. KKR bowlers were helpless and were busy getting hit all over the park by Prithvi Shaw. Lockie Ferguson managed to get him out with KKR still needing 12 off 9. Eventually, it was down to Kuldeep who went for just 5 defending 6 off the last over and the match ended in a tie.
KKR had never won in super over and this time too needing 11 to win the KKR could only manage 7 runs. Orange cap holder Andre Russell top-scored for KKR with 62 and Dinesh Karthik scored a handy half-century. Kuldeep Yadav picked 2 wickets while Ferguson, Chawla, and Russel got one each.
Delhi Capital had a near escape in the game they should have won easily especially after Prithvi Shaw’s exploits. Rabada saved them in the super over with a string of yorkers to get Delhi to the second spot in the rankings.
Shreyas Iyer decided to field first at the Kotla and the players brought in for this match, Sandeep Lamichhane and Harshal Patel, proved the decision right by taking out Naik and Uthappa cheaply. Delhi kept things tight for half of the innings until Karthik and especially Russell decided to the matters in their own hands. Delhi bowlers had no answers once these two going at a higher pace. At one point 150 looked difficult but, Delhi’s second half bowling let KKR reach 185 by the end of 20 overs.
In the chase, Delhi started well scoring almost immediately at the asking rate. Once Dhawan got out at the team score of 27, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw took the game away from KKR with sublime hitting. The duo added 89 in about 9 overs. Prithvi Shaw kept one end going and looked like he will single-handedly take Delhi to victory. However, he got out for 99 and Delhi could not score run-a-ball 6 against Kuldeep which resulted in the match ending in a tie.
Defending 10 in a super over, lowest ever score in a super over in IPL, Kagiso Rabada bowled a superlative over despite getting hit for a boundary off the very first ball. KKR eventually fell short by 3 runs. Harshal Patel took 2 for while rest of the Delhi bowlers got one wicket each. Prithvi Shaw top scored with 99 off just 55 deliveries supported aptly by the captain Shreyas Iyer who scored a brisk 43 at the strike rate of about 135.
A confident Delhi Capitals will play Kings XI Panjab in an away game on 1 April 2019. Though Delhi Capitals' top order looks sorted out, they must work on their middle order against a team that has just beaten Mumbai comprehensively.
Kolkata Knight Riders, still at the top of the table, have a big break until next game to contemplate on what went wrong against the Delhi Capitals. The Knight Riders will play Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru on 5 April 2019. We can see some rejig in the bowling department as the bowling unit had a forgettable outing in the match against Delhi Capitals.
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