Emotions rode high across the two camps after Rahul Tripathi, with 6 runs needed off 2 balls, launched R Ashwin into the stands, sending KKR into IPL 2021 final. While the KKR contingent celebrated euphorically, the Capitals could only feel sad about not going till the end, despite finishing at the top of the table in the league stage.
Prithvi Shaw, who had a blockbuster season with the bat scoring 479 runs at a strike rate of 159, lay flat on the ground after Tripathi had hit the six. It needed a couple of his teammates to pick him back up, consoling the youngster.
Prithvi Shaw was seen wiping his tears with his towel, before the camera cut towards pacer Avesh Khan and skipper Rishabh Pant, who also looked equally downhearted with the loss.
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KKR bowled very well in the middle-overs: Rishabh Pant
DC got a good start from the openers and a late flourish from Shimron Hetmyer and Shreyas Iyer. However, the KKR bowlers did plenty of damage in the middle-overs, which restricted DC to 135, a total they almost defended.
Rishabh Pant lauded the KKR bowlers for their tight bowling during the middle phase, while lamenting the fact that his batters weren’t able to rotate the strike well and also not able to find the boundaries in that phase.
“They bowled very well in the middle-overs, we got stuck and couldn’t rotate strike. Delhi Capitals are known to be positive and hopefully, we’ll come back better next season,” Pant said after the match.
The 24-year-old, however, remains proud of the effort his side has put in this season and the success they have achieved – DC finished at the top of the points table, with 20 points. The DC skipper vowed to come back better and stronger next season.
“We played really good cricket, yes, there will be ups and downs, but we’ll stay positive, be there for each other, care for each other and hopefully we’ll come back better next season,” Pant added.
The Knight Riders will now meet MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 final, to be played on Friday in Dubai.