Delhi hold nerves till the end to grab the win in a super over encounter
Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 runs in a super over nailbiter at Delhi of twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With the win, Delhi sits second at the point table with 2 wins in three matches. On the other hand, Kolkata still sits at the top of the table with same wins from same matches as Delhi with the help of better net run rate.
Losing the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders came to bat. But the visitors got off to a slow start and kept losing wickets on regular intervals and at one stage they were at 61/5 in 9.1 overs. The damage was started from Nikhil Naik, replacement of Sunil Narine who was out due to injury. Chris Lynn scored 20 runs and Robin Uthappa scored 11 runs, failed to convert their decent starts into big scores.
Then, KKR made a timely comeback with a 95-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. Russell again came to the rescue for KKR with a 62-run knock off just 28 balls. Russell’s innings consisted of 4 fours and 6 sixes. And the skipper, Karthik scored 50 runs from 36 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
However, the late flourish from Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav ensured the total of 185 runs from 20 overs. Harshal Patel took 2 wickets and Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra all took 1 wicket each.
Chasing the target of 186 runs, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw were dominant from the start. But Dhawan didn’t able to make his good start into big innings as he got out scoring 16 runs. Then, captain Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw continued the domination and made a huge partnership of 89 runs from just 56 balls. Iyer scored 43 runs from 32 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes before getting out by Andre Russell.
However, Shaw continued his dominant batting and started to hit boundaries all over the ground. But unfortunate for him, he fell just 1-run short of his century and got out from the bouncer of Lockie Farguson in the 19th over. Shaw made 99 runs from 55 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes.
One time, it looked like an easy win for Delhi. But after Shaw’s dismissal, 12 runs needed from 9 deliveries. Collin Ingram hit a four and then two runs were taken by him and Hanuma Vihari. With just 6 runs left for Delhi’s win, Kuldeep Yadav came to bowl the last over, bowled brilliantly to restrict Delhi at 185 and the match was tied. Kuldeep took 2 wickets by giving away 41 runs in 4 overs. Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell took 1 wicket each.
But the drama hadn’t just over yet. As per the rules, super over was played to decide the winner of the match. Delhi Capitals batted first this time according to the rules. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant came out to tackle the only over and KKR’s skipper Karthik sent Prasidh Krishna to bowl the over. Delhi posted a 11 run target with Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw batted
Chasing the 15 runs in the super over, Thisara Perera and Avishka Fernando came to bat and Imran Tahir took the ball to defend 15 runs. And Sri Lankans were able to take just 5 runs in that over and finally South Africa won the match by 9 runs in the super over.
Then for completing the task of 11 runs, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell came for KKR to bat while Kagiso Rabada took the ball to defend 11 runs. Russell started the innings with a four but got out in the next ball by a perfect yorker from Rabada. Uthappa came next, but KKR were able to take 7 runs in that over and with much drama at the last stage of the match, Delhi won the match by 3 runs in the super over.
Kolkata Knight Riders 185-8
Andre Russell 62 (28), Dinesh Karthik 50 (36)
Harshal Patel 2/40, Sandeep Lamichhane 1/29
Delhi Capitals 185-6
Prithvi Shaw 99 (55), Shreyas Iyer 43 (32)
Kuldeep Yadav 2/41, Piyush Chawla 1/36
Toss: Delhi Capitals, elected to bowl first
Man of the match: Prithvi Shaw
Result: Match tied (Delhi Capitals won the one-over eliminator)