IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals to clinch finals spot
- Eoin Morgan's men have booked a birth in the final and will battle with CSK for the trophy
- KKR have been in sensational form in the second half of IPL 2021
- Delhi Capitals' dreams of winning their first ever IPL title were quashed yet again
Eoin Morgan's men have been in sensational form in the second leg of IPL 2021. They have performed consistently and registered 6 wins and 2 losses in their last 8 matches.
The Knight Riders dominated the match right from the start. They managed to restrain Delhi Capitals’ star-studded batting line-up for a meagre total of 135 runs with the loss of five wickets.
The bowling attack led by Varun Chakravarthy managed to put keep Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer quiet.
This outstanding bowling performance was followed by an impressive start by the KKR’s openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer who registered an opening partnership of 96 runs.
They looked to be in control of the innings until the loss of the second wicket. Nitish Rana’s wicket started a domino effect with Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine all departing without opening their accounts.
Four established batsmen departing for a duck was certainly a sight to see and the Delhi Capitals looked to be getting back into the match but the hopes of a dreamy comeback were squashed soon by Rahul Tripathi, but Delhi managed to get very close to a win.
Kolkata needed six runs off the last two balls with a new batsman on the non-striker’s end. But Tripathi did not let the nerves to get to him as he smashed the ball out of the park, winning the match for his side with one ball left to be bowled.
Just like that, Delhi Capitals' dreams of lifting their first ever IPL title did not come to fruition yet again.
Shah Rukh Khan’s franchise will be contesting for the IPL trophy against a seasoned Chennai Super Kings led by captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Venkatesh Iyer was the man of the match for scoring 55 runs in 41 balls for the winning side.
Both sides boast the IPL trophy in their cabinet. Kolkata have won the title on two occasions (2012 and 2014) while Chennai have taken the trophy home on three occasions.
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