Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) in the thrilling Qualifier 2 encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 by 3 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to enter into the final of the tournament.
Now Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will lock horns with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the summit clash at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, October 15.
Batting first Delhi Capitals (DC) were off to a slow start, openers tried to accelerate the innings but Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers made sure that batters don’t smash a lot of runs and in the end, Delhi Capitals were able to score 135 runs. All the KKR bowlers looked good especially mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy who bagged 2 wickets.
Meanwhile, Chasing the target Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer were off to a flying start. Iyer smashed a brilliant fifty before losing his wicket against Kagiso Rabada. After that Kolkata Knight Riders faced a massive batting collapse but in the end, Rahul Tripathi smashed a six when they needed 6 to win off last two deliveries to help KKR clinch the victory.
Should’ve Been A Lot Easier After The Start We Got – Eoin Morgan
During the post-match presentation, Eoin Morgan said victory should have been a lot easier after openers added 96 runs. He stated:
“Should’ve been a lot easier after the start we got, Venky and Gill set us the platform. Dew came in and all, but hey, we’re in the final and we’re delighted to get over the line. Would’ve loved to win convincingly but Capitals are a very good side.”
Eoin Morgan showered praise on Rahul Tripathi for finishing off the game in style by smashing a six. He asserted:
“Six off two, the odds were probably in favour of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done superbly well for us. It’s a nice insight into our team culture – the young guys coming in feel free to express themselves.”
“The backroom staff have created an environment for them to do this. With the squad we have, there’s expectation. Hopefully, we can implement all that we’ve strategised.”
Eoin Morgan was also impressed with the way opener Venkatesh Iyer batted and labelled him as a ‘Terrific Player’. KKR skipper said:
” Venky Iyer idea [his elevation] came from the coach, my god, he’s a terrific player. Made the chase easy, looks like he was batting on a different wicket.
Morgan signed off by saying anything can happen in the summit clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final of the tournament. He stated:
“We would like to keep going, playing against CSK, one of the best franchises in IPL history. Anything can happen.”