On the night of Durgasthtami, KKR gave another excuse for Bengalis to don a smile on their face because the Knight Riders thrashed table-toppers Delhi Capitals on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi by a complete margin of 59 runs to consolidate their probabilities of playoffs qualification.
After Nitish Rana and comeback man Sunil Narine powered KKR to 194 for six with their respective half-centuries, KKR made a rampaging begin earlier than Varun Chakravarthy castled down Delhi’s formidable middle-order mixture, ending with his maiden five-wicket haul, because the Capitals had been restricted to simply 135 for the lack of 9 wickets.
Pat Cummins obtained KKR off to a powerful begin as he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, who changed an out-of-form Prithvi Shaw, in the very first ball of the sport, trapping him in entrance of off stump with a fuller and straight supply. He returned for his second over and dismissed the man-in-form Shikhar Dhawan for simply six runs. Cummins went across the wicket, targetted the highest of off stump and knocked it down. Delhi Capitals had been ricked inside three overs with simply 13 onboard for 2 wickets.
Cummins’ tremendous spell was ably supported by Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Prasidh Krishna as Delhi managed so as to add simply 23 extra in the following 21 balls. The relaxation, the harder bit, was down by Varun.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer cautiously went concerning the proceedings after the 2 early blows so as to add 63 runs for the third wicket earlier than a reckless hoick from the wicket-keeper batsman begun the downfall. With the asking rate climbing, Shimron Hetmyer and Iyer appeared to take full toll of the spinner, however each obtained caught at long-on. He got here again for his third over to dismiss Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel as Barun recorded one of the best figures in IPL 2020 with his 5 for 12.
Rana revelled in his new opening position with a whirlwind 81, whereas Narine smashed a 32-ball 64 to propel Kolkata Knight Riders to a commanding 194/6 in their IPL match in opposition to Delhi Capitals right here on Saturday.
Promoted to open, Rana smashed 13 fours and one six in his 53-ball 81, whereas Narine additionally got here out all weapons blazing, smacking 4 sixes and 6 fours as KKR put behind their horror present in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore to put up a stiff complete after being requested to bat.
The left-handed duo stitched collectively 115 runs from simply 59 balls to grab the momentum.
Having crumbled for 84 in their final match in opposition to RCB, KKR as soon as once more had been staring down the barrel at 42/3 after 7.
Anrich Nortje grabbed the wickets of the under-performing Shubman Gill (9) and Rahul Tripathi (13) contained in the Powerplay, whereas Kagiso Rabada accounted for Dinesh Karthik (3).
Just when KKR’s story of batting woes started to unfold, Rana got here into do the rescue act, taking the assault to the skilled R Ashwin in an over that yielded 13 runs.
Rana first smacked Ashwin’s tossed up supply for a six and adopted it up with a boundary.
In the following over, Narine joined in to proceed KKR’s run feast in the back-end of the innings in an unimaginable partnership.
DC introduced again Nortje however there was no respite for them and Rana introduced up his fifty with an out of doors edge.
He was then seen dedicating his half-century to his father-in-law, who died of most cancers not too long ago, by displaying a jersey customised by KKR as a particular tribute to him.
Narine then hammered Marcus Stoinis by hitting him for a six and a 4 making the formidable DC assault look mediocre.
For Delhi, Ashwin was the most costly and appeared strange, conceding 45 runs from his three overs, whereas Nortje (2/27), Rabada (2/33) and Stoinis (2/41) took two wickets every.
(with PTI inputs)
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