Rahul Tripathi takes KKR to the finals after a dramatic victory

Ashwin bowled his hattrick ball short and wide, and Tripathi hammered it over the bowler’s head for a massive six, winning the game for the Knight Riders and taking them to their 3rd finals.

Rahul Tripathi takes KKR to the finals after a dramatic victory

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Kolkata Knight Riders take the Qualifier 2 by 3 wickets against Delhi Capitals and seal their berth in the finals. The Knight Riders barely managed to hunt down 136 as drama unfolded during the chase. Eoin Morgan’s men will be taking on Chennai Super Kings in the finals.
After losing the toss, DC openers Prithivi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave the charge to the bowlers after a quiet two overs. Shaw took on Shakib Al Hasan for a six followed by a four, while Dhawan smashed two consecutive sixes off Sunil Narine in the next over.
Shaw’s stay was short lived, as Varun Chakravarthy pinned him in the pads for a lbw as he played down the wrong line. Things started to slow down for DC, as new man Marcus Stoinis, who returned to the side after a hamstring injury, and Dhawan found it quite hard to score runs. The slow and sluggish pitch of Sharjah did not help their cause, and KKR bowlers made it even harder by bowling tight lines and lengths.
Stonis’s struggling innings was brought to an end by Shivam Mavi in the 12th over for 18, and set man Dhawan followed soon for 36, as Shakib took a brilliant catch in backward point of Varun’s bowling. Captain Pant couldn’t make an impact as well, and Delhi were looking to end up with an underwhelming total.
However, couple of late sixes from Shimron Hetmyer, who survived a dismissal due to a no ball from Varun, and boundaries from Shreyas Iyer in the final over took DC to a total of 135. It wasn’t a challenging total by any means, but it gave DC bowlers some runs to defend.
KKR openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer started the chase brilliantly, taking the attack to the bowlers. The way they were batting, it looked as if the duo batted on a different surface. They scored 51 runs in the first six overs, as Delhi looked like being out of the contest already.
The partnership continued to flourish, with Iyer being the main aggressor. He continued his magnificent run in the tournament, picking up his third half century of the tournament. The stand was finally broken on 96, when Iyer fell prey to Rabada at 55.
Gill and Nitish Rana kept bringing the side closer to home, until the latter was removed by Anrich Nortje in the 16th over. However, with only 13 required of the final 24 deliveries, the match seemed to be as good as over.
Little did anyone know there was a huge twist yet to be unfolded. It all started with Avesh Khan dismissing set batter Gill for 46. He also gave away just 2 runs. Rabada and Nortje removed Dinesh Karthik and skipper Morgan for 0 respectively, while conceding 3 runs among themselves. Suddenly, KKR needed 7 off the final over. DC could sense an incredible victory.
Ravichandran Ashwin was entrusted with the responsibility to take Delhi to their second finals, and he started off magnificently. A single of the first delivery, followed by a dot, and then 2 consecutive wickets of Shakib and Narine, who both departed for 0.
With 6 needed of 2 deliveries, Rahul Tripathi, who witnessed this massive collapse from the other end, was finally on strike. Ashwin bowled his hattrick ball short and wide, and Tripathi hammered it over the bowler’s head for a massive six, winning the game for the Knight Riders and taking them to their 3rd finals. DC, who were incredible this season, and fought tooth and nail in this encounter, agonizingly fell short.