Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) in a low-scoring contest at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing a paltry target of 128, KKR started well, with Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer adding 28 runs for the opening wicket. Iyer was sent back by Lalit Yadav for 14, but Gill stayed and kept on scoring runs.
Gill looked well set on 30, but a brilliant over by Kagiso Rabada ended his innings. Rahul Tripathi (9) and Eoin Morgan (0) lost their wickets in quick successions, and it looked that DC would make a come back. However, Sunil Narine, who shined with the ball, played a quick fire knock of 21 to make sure KKR crosses the finish line easily. Nitish Rana remained unbeaten on 36 off 27 balls as the Knight Riders won the game by three wickets.
Earlier, Delhi posted 127/9 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Steve Smith, who replaced Prithvi Shaw in the final XI, played a crucial knock of 39 runs at the top. Captain Rishabh Pant contributed well with 39 off 36 and took his team’s total beyond 120.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan also chipped in with a valuable 24 off 20 balls. Shreyas Iyer (1), Shimron Hetmyer (4) and Lalit (0) all failed to score vital runs for their side.
For KKR, Narine bowled brilliantly and picked up two wickets for just 18 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Lockie Ferguson (2/10) and Venkatesh Iyer (2/29) also bagged two wickets each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 28, 2021
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) September 28, 2021
First 7 matches – 2 wins & 5 lose.
Next 4 matches – 3 wins & 1 lose.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 28, 2021
Not quite good enough today with the bat but #DelhiCapitals but tried well with the ball.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) September 28, 2021
Sunil Narine has to be KKR's biggest match winner till date and one of the greatest IPL player.
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 28, 2021
KKR have beaten DC by 3 wickets! A good innings from Nitish Rana of 36* #DCvKKR
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 28, 2021
Sunil Narine against Kagiso Rabada – 2,6,4,6,1. He Smashed 19 runs in 5 Balls. #KKRvDC
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 28, 2021
Other batters struggling to score runs
Le Sunil Narine: pic.twitter.com/MMi1vayaEt
— Rahul Parida (@RahulParida__) September 28, 2021