All-Round Kolkata Knight Riders Storm Into IPL Playoffs
Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have stormed into the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Wednesday after beating Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets in the second playoffs.
Now they will meet the Chennai Super Kings in the finals on October 15.
Chasing a below-par 136 for victory, KKR were cruising at one stage thanks to the 96-run opening partnership between Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill which almost took the game away from Rishabh Pant’s DC.
Iyer hit his third fifty of the season and top-scored with 55 off 41 balls while Gill and Nitish Rana also made important contributions of 46 and 13, respectively, to help the team reach close to the finish line.
KKR’s chase was a stark contrast from the first innings when DC batsmen struggled to put bat on ball on the slow and sluggish Sharjah pitch. The dew made the surface a bit quicker and easier to bat on while DC fielders and bowlers had a tough time keeping the ball dry.
The win made KKR the third team in IPL history to go through to the final after winning the Eliminator and Qualifier 2. Only Chennai Super Kings (2013) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (2018) achieved the feat in the past but both teams finished runners-up.