Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill made a fine start in a 136-run chase, before Rahul Tripathi struck a decisive six to seal a nervy three-wicket win for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 on Wednesday. KKR will take on Chennai Super Kings in the final on Friday.
Kolkata Knight Riders needed 13 off the last four overs with eight wickets in hand. However, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to almost pull off a heist for the ages, reducing the equation to 6 off 2 with three wickets in hand. Ashwin managed to send back Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine off successive deliveries, before Rahul Tripathi tonked the hattrick ball downtown to seal the deal for KKR.
The platform was laid by Venkatesh Iyer, who maintained a fine start to his IPL career, scoring a third fifty in his debut season. He was well supported by Shubman Gill (46), with whom he put on 96 in 12.2 overs. However, KKR stuttered late in the chase, losing five wickets for 7 runs in overs from 17.1 to 19.4, as the equation went from 13 off 24 to 6 off 2, before Tripathi unleashed his brilliance.
Earlier, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got Delhi Capitals off to a fluent start, scoring 32 off the first four overs after Eoin Morgan opted to bowl. However, Varun Chakravarthy (2/26) trapped Shaw leg-before on the first ball of the spell, and the scoring slowed considerably thereafter. DC eventually finished at 135/5, after Eoin Morgan had put them in.
KKR will take on the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 final in Dubai on Friday, October 15.
This is the third time that KKR have qualified for the IPL final after 2012 and 2014. They’d emerged champions on both previous occasions, beating CSK and Punjab Kings respectively.
Hahaha! So true!
Rahul Tripathi: Remember the name!
prisoner rahul tripathi in delhi jail pic.twitter.com/GqJ0Ze9oG6— Virat Kohli (@Kohlidabest18) October 13, 2021
That's one of nail biting show ever in IPL history!
Man. Rahul Tripathi... Take a bow.— Kaushik (@_CricKaushik_) October 13, 2021
Ashwin was unbelievable as well.
Dealt like a boss!
Great finish by Rahul Triipathi!!
DC fans started thinking about finals ,— Best Ever Collected Memes (@CollectedEver) October 13, 2021
Le Rahul Tripathi * : pic.twitter.com/gL1b49Bqid
Enough drama from qualifier 2 match!
Really— Shilpi🌸 (@ankita26231) October 13, 2021
Last two overs😭😂😭😭😭
Rahul tripathi 😁❤️
Looked so calm and easy!
The best of IPL 2021?