Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, and Varun Chakravarthy starred as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 59 runs in Match 42 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi(Dubai) on Saturday.
Defending 195, KKR came out all guns blazing as Pat Cummins trapped Rahane before the wickets on the first ball. The right-arm pacer picked his second wicket as he hit the woodwork to dismiss Dhawan for six within the third over.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant kept the scorecard ticking to require DC past fifty within the eighth over. The pair completed the 50-run partnership within the 10th over as DC moved to 64/2 at the halfway stage of the chase.
While Iyer hit a few crisp fours within the 11th over, DC lost Pant within the next over after he decided to require on Varun Chakravarthy and was holed call at the deep. The mystery spinner picked two wickets in his next over as he dismissed Hetmyer and Iyer, both caught at long-on.
Shimron, who replaced Pant within the middle, tonked the fourth ball he faced for a six. But, he got out soon after, going for an additional big gun, as Chakravarthy picked his second wicket.
The mystery spinner continued to form merry and have become the first bowler to select a five-wicket haul in IPL 2020 after he got Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel within the 16th over.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) eventually limited Delhi Capitals (DC) to and sealed a 59-run win to register their sixth win of the season.
Earlier, KKR and DC both made two changes each. While Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Sunil Narine were brought within the KKR playing XI to exchange Kuldeep Yadav and Tom Banton, DC picked Ajinkya Rahane and Anrich Nortje in situ of Prithvi Shaw and Daniel Sams.
While Shubman Gill creamed two fours within the first over bowled by Tushar Deshpande, he got call at the second over as Nortje gave DC their first breakthrough. The right-arm pace struck for the second time within the powerplay as he disturbed the timber to dismiss Rahul Tripathi.
In the eighth over, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost their third wicket after Kagiso Rabada had Dinesh Karthik caught behind the wickets.
Sunil Narine was the subsequent man to steer bent bat and he counterattacked. He took KKR past fifty, hitting a six and a four off R Ashwin within the ninth over. within the next over, Narine hit two fours off Deshpande while Rana tonked a six as KKR moved past 70 at the top of the 10th over.
The pair mentioned a fifty-run partnership within the 12th over, scoring 17 runs in Ashwin’s second over and their aggressive approach meant that KKR crossed the 100-run mark, scoring on the brink of 60 runs in four overs.
Rana then mentioned his second half-century of the season, hitting a four on the ultimate ball of the 13th over. Stoinis conceded two fours and a six within the next over as KKR continued to attain at a rapid pace.
Narine notched up a 24-ball fifty within the 15th over before he and Rana completed a hundred-run partnership in only 47 balls.
The duo’s brilliant 56-ball 115-run stand was broken the 17th over as Rabada got Narine out after the left-hander scored 64 off 32 balls.
Eoin Morgan, who replaced Narine in the middle, and Rana though made sure that KKR continued their juggernaut as the two added 37 runs from 19 balls.
While the two got out on the last two balls of the innings, KKR, who at one stage were 44/3 after 8 overs, scored 150 runs in the last 12 overs to post 194/5 on the board on the back of Rana’s 53-ball 81 and Narine’s 64.
Eoin Morgan, who replaced Narine within the middle, and Rana though made sure that KKR continued their juggernaut because the two added 37 runs from 19 balls.
While the 2 got out on the last two balls of the innings, KKR, who at one stage were 44/3 after 8 overs, scored 150 runs within the last 12 overs to post 194/5 on the board on the rear of Rana’s 53-ball 81 and Narine’s 64.