Kolkata Knight Riders mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy gave his side their first breakthrough of Qualifier 2 with the wicket of Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw when the two clashed on Wednesday in Sharjah.
Shaw had got off to a quick start with a couple of boundaries and a six, but Varun Chakaravarthy, on his first ball of the match, put brakes to Shaw’s innings with a googly.
On the first ball of the fifth over, Varun Chakaravarthy sent down a faster googly, bowled at 99.6 kmph, which Shaw didn’t pick. The ball pitched outside off before turning in sharply.
It hit Shaw on the front pad as he looked to worked it on the offside but missed. Varun Chakaravarthy and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik went up in appeal and saw the umpire raise his finger.
Shaw had a chat with his partner, Shikhar Dhawan, who told him to be on his way and not to take the review. It was a good call from Dhawan, and the umpire, as replays showed the ball crashing into the leg-stump.
KKR score 38/1 in the powerplay
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, KKR started off with a couple of tidy overs. The DC openers, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, then broke their shackles: the right-hander stroked Shakib for a six and four before the left-hander launched Sunil Narine for two sixes.
Varun Chakaravarthy gave KKR their first breakthrough, trapping Shaw lbw for 18 off 12 balls. Marcus Stoinis has come out to bat at number 3. KKR bowlers didn’t concede any more boundaries in the powerplay, which DC ended at 38/1.