Video of Match Highlights of KKR vs DC : Qualifier 2 : Full Video

KKR vs DC, Qualifier 2, 13 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST

Match Result : Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

Player of the Match : Venkatesh Iyer

Match Report : The fans of KKR and DC were set about on a random oscillating pendulum. But KKR from being possibly at the bottom of the table, now have a chance to write their name in gold. Only 4 points from 7 games, they move to the second phase and they have turned it around and how!

Delhi fans and players were high on emotions. Shaw was in tears. Had to be picked up. DC had agony in the finale in 2020 and unfortunately 2021 has been no different for them. It looked like an easy chase for 80 percent of the chase till a cluster of wickets in the last two-three overs turned the game upside down.

From needing 11 off 3 overs to needing 6 off 2, KKR almost shot themselves in the foot. But then Tripathi pulled out one last trick and smoked it over long-off to ensure KKR fans will sleep peacefully tonight.

Rahul Tripathi: “It feels great. The win for the team was very important. We had one or two tough overs and I never thought it would go so deep. Glad we won the game. Rabada bowled the 18th over really well, but I knew that I had to just connect one.

The plan was to take a two if there was a possibility. If it was two, we were running, otherwise it was going to be me. It was difficult to straightaway get singles and boundaries for the new batsmen. It was keeping low and it was difficult to hit. I believed in myself and knew it was just one hit away.

Eoin Morgan, KKR skipper: “We will dissect what happened in the last four overs. The openers gave us a great platform. But we have won and we are in the finals. We are delighted to get over the line. We are in the entertainment business and need to play some entertaining cricket.

Six off 2 and you would say the odds are for the bowling side. But Tripathi has done it for us so many times. The guys coming in feel free to express themselves. The backroom staff have created an excellent atmosphere for that to happen.

With the squad we have, we had huge expectations. Our coach BMac saw Iyer and had tracked his progress. Iyer seems to be batting on a different wicket. Anything can happen in a final!

Rishabh Pant – “I don’t have words to express at the moment, can’t tell anything. We just kept believing, tried to stay in the game as long as possible.

The bowlers nearly pulled it back, but it’s unfortunate that it didn’t go our way. 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.

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.” 

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