Kolkata Knight Riders showed all-round performance this evening and choked Delhi Capitals, one of the successful team in this edition of IPL. With the mind-blowing innings of Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine Kolkata scored 194 runs in first inning. This is the highest score in past few matches as all the matches were low scoring. Kolkata’s leg spinner Varun Chakravarthy took 5 wickets most by any bowler this year with giving only 20 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier Delhi Capitals won the match and chose to ball first, and it resulted wrong decision after end of the innings. As Shubhman Gill again failed today and got cought out by Axar Patel in the first over of Anrich Nortje. Then Rana hold the strings and scored magnificent knock of 81 runs in 53 balls. Whereas Dinesh Karthik who handover the captaincy to Eoin Morgan to focus on his batting couldn’t manage to reach double figures. And at the end Sunil Narine finishes with his touch in the end, scored 64 runs in just 32 balls with the strike rate of 200.
On the other hand Delhi’s batting order completely failed especially top-order and middle order. As Rahane, one of the experienced batsmen in the squad missed one more opportunity to perform and got out on the very first ball of the inning. Soon Shikhar Dhawan got bowled by Cummins. After two wickets Skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant hold the momentum and build a partnership but suddenly got themselves in the pavilion without converting their innings in the high score.
For Kolkata Varun Chakravarthy destroyed Delhi’s Middle order; from Hetmyre to the last man no one could score atleast 15 runs. And in such high scoring match you need big hitters, strong intent and trustworthy options. Delhi lacks today as a team and got themselves in the difficult position in points table. Whereas Kolkata proved that they are still in the game and deserving candidate to qualify for the playoffs.
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 194 off 6 (N Rana 81, S Narine 64, A Nortje 2-27) beat Delhi Capitals 135 off 9 (S Iyer 47, V Chakravarthy 5-20, P Cummins 3-17) by 59 runs.