Video of Venkatesh Iyer 55 in 41 balls : 3 Sixes : KKR vs DC

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 : Fascinating game! 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.

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.” 

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.

It has been a great journey for us after the first phase. We believed in ourselves and the approach given by Eoin and the coach helped us with the positive approach.”

Venkatesh Iyer, Player of the Match: “I am doing what has been asked of me. I am very happy that we ended on the winning side. There is no difference. I came out and played the way I want to play. I am grateful to the management. It is a wonderful place to come and play.

I think in the past couple of games, I have been trying to restrict myself a bit as I wanted to stay till the end. But then I thought it is not me. I was losing out on the present trying to be a bit conservative. Gill is an extremely wonderful strokeplayer and we complement each other.

Heard the news (about being asked to stay back in the Indian bio-bubble for the T20 World Cup) this morning, but my entire focus was on tonight’s game.”


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