KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer. Photo- IPL
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer. Photo- IPL

The 19th match of the IPL 2022 saw Delhi Capitals (DC) clashing with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in the 19th match of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision turned out to be the wrong one as DC posted a huge total of 215/5 in 20 overs.

KKR went in unchanged with their playing XI, while DC made one change with Khaleel Ahmed coming in the XI for Anrich Nortje.

Delhi Capitals (DC) saw openers Prithvi Shaw (51) and David Warner (61) adding 93 runs in just 8.4 overs. Rishabh Pant played a quick knock of 27 runs promoting himself to the no.3 spot. DC was left in a tussle at 161/5 in 15 overs when Sunil Narine (2/21) removed the dangerous Lalit Yadav and Rovman Powell.

However, DC finished strongly at 215/5 with Axar Patel making 22* and Shardul Thakur making 29* hitting Umesh Yadav for three sixes in one over.

In reply, KKR’s Ajinkya Rahane struggled to score 8 runs in 14 balls, while Venkatesh Iyer’s exciting knock of 18 ended after 9 balls. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana came together and added 69 runs for the third wicket before Rana got out for 30 in 20 balls.

Kuldeep Yadav. Photo-IPL
Kuldeep Yadav. Photo-IPL

However, Kuldeep Yadav was enough to rout KKR as he picked 4/35 including wickets of the dangerous Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine. KKR folded for 171 and Dc won the match by 44 runs.

They Built A Good Partnership At The Start And Carried The Momentum Shreyas Iyer

Losing captain Shreyas Iyer said that KKR lost some plot when DC openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner. He said that Warner and Shaw’s partnership gave them momentum, which they continuously carried throughout their innings.

Rishabh Pant stumps Shreyas Iyer. Photo- IPL
Rishabh Pant stumps Shreyas Iyer. Photo- IPL

They got off to a very good start right from the first over. Prithvi took on the bowlers. To be honest we were clueless what to do at that point. The wicket was playing really good. They built a good partnership at the start and carried the momentum. Really looked like a good batting pitch. Three games we’ve won chasing, just didn’t work out today. The positives we can take – the intent we showed. Even though we didn’t get off to a great start, the middle phase we played out really well from 7 to 15 overs. After that we wanted to continue with the run rate of 12rpo. It’s not a difficult thing to do as a batsman but if you pace out the innings well, especially in the middle-overs, it’s something we can take forward,” Iyer said after the match.

Despite this loss, KKR remains at the top of the points table for now with 3 wins in 5 matches, while DC moved to the 6th place with 2 wins in 2 matches thus far.

Kolkata will now play Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 15 next, while DC clashes with RCB on April 16.

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