Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener Rahul Tripathi was the difference between the two sides as his side overcame Chennai Super Kings by ten runs in Abu Dhabi. The victory gave Kolkata Knight Riders two much-needed points and climb to the third spot, giving them confidence moving forward. Rahul Tripathi, who replaced Sunil Narine, at the top, received the man of the match for his 53-ball 81.
Rahul Tripathi batted at number eight against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah and delivered the goods; however, it was too much to do at the end. With Sunil Narine’s repeated failures at the top and Tripathi’s reputation of batting well at the top, the Knight Riders decided to promote him and it yielded rich returns. He batted with positive intent from the get-go, striking eight fours and three sixes and batted till the 17th over.
Shane Watson was once again in business and followed another composed half-century after blasting 83 against Kings XI Punjab to secure a 10-wicket victory. Along with Faf Du Plessis, Watson gave the Super Kings another brisk start. However, it was his wicket in the 14th over when the match began drifting away from the Super Kings. The yellow army also lost Sam Curran and MS Dhoni in crucial junctures while Kedar Jadhav was unable even to rotate the strike.
“Coming to KKR is special” : Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi, who has previously played for Rising Pune Supergiants and Rajasthan Royals, revealed that coming to KKR is special. The right-handed batsman underlined that he was prepared for any role and had to grab the opportunity as and when it arose. The 29-year old added that the ball was coming on well into the bat and had to keep going.
“It is a dream come true for me. I was prepared for both the roles. Wherever you get the opportunity, you have to be prepared. I just thought the ball was coming on nicely so I just felt we should keep the runs coming. I have loved this journey. Coming to KKR is special,” Tripathi said in the post-match presentation.