Sharjah. In IPL 2021, KKR has kept alive the hope of reaching the playoffs. The team defeated Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets in a match. This is KKR’s fifth win in 11 matches. The team remains at number four in the table with 10 points. Playing first in the match, Delhi scored 127 runs for 9 wickets. In reply, KKR achieved the target in 18.2 overs for 7 wickets. Delhi is second in the table with 16 points. He will still have to wait to qualify directly for the playoffs.
Shubman Gill (30) and Venkatesh (14) added 28 runs for KKR chasing the target. Rahul Tripathi 9, Eoin Morgan zero and Dinesh Karthik could only score 12 runs. The team had lost 5 wickets for 96 runs in 15 overs. In such a situation, it seemed that the match would be exciting. But Nitish Rana made an unbeaten 36 and Sunil Narine (21) added 26 runs to ensure the victory of the team. Narine scored 21 runs off 10 balls. Hit one four and two sixes. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada gave 21 runs in the 16th over. From here the match completely went in favor of KKR. Saudi got out after scoring 3 runs. Lockie Ferguson remained unbeaten on zero. Avesh Khan took the maximum 3 wickets for Delhi.
Shreyas Iyer could not play big innings
Earlier, after losing the toss, Delhi Capitals got off to a cautious start by Steve Smith and Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan hit five fours in his 20-ball innings. He got out after scoring 24 runs. Delhi scored 39 runs for one wicket in the powerplay. Shreyas Iyer got bowled by Sunil Narine after scoring just one run. Smith tried to increase the run rate with two consecutive fours on Varun Chakraborty and then also hit a four on Narine. However, he was bowled by Lockie Ferguson. He hit four fours while facing 34 balls. He got out after scoring 39 runs.
Venkatesh Iyer gave a double blow
Fast bowler Venkatesh Iyer then caught Shimron Hetmyer (04) at the hands of Southee. In the next over, Narine made Lalit Yadav (00) leg before while Venkatesh showed Axar Patel (00) the way to the pavilion. Delhi lost three wickets within four runs, taking their score to 92 for six. Delhi’s 100 runs were completed in the 17th over. Pant held one end but failed to increase the run rate by playing big shots. He was run out in the last over. He hit three fours while facing 36 balls. He scored the highest 39 runs. Lockie Ferguson, Iyer and off-spinner Sunin Narine took two wickets each for Delhi.