Shaw’s 99, Rabada Lead Delhi Capitals To Thrilling Victory in Super Over
What KKR all-rounder Andre Russell did in the first innings Delhi Capitals' Prithvi Shaw did better in the second. But nerves got the better of the Delhi Capitals' batsmen, leading to a tie, followed by the Super Over.
Saturday night couldn’t have been more enthralling for cricket fans.
Yet another belligerent batting performance was on display by the Kolkata Knight Riders after an early collapse. The second innings saw Delhi Capitals' Prithvi Shaw (99) launch a free-flowing counterattack.
Twelve runs, nine balls and six wickets to spare — a perfect chase, some would say.
But true to the theme of fluctuating fortunes of the night, the match drifted into a Super Over after a tie. A world-class Super Over from a pure pacer sealed the Delhi win. Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by three runs in the Super Over.
Both teams hit only a boundary each in the Super Over, but Kagiso Rabada restricted Knight Riders to only three off their last five balls. He cleaned up Andre Russell, who had struck a 28-ball 62, to a perfect yorker. All that was required for the Delhi Capitals to win was 10 runs in the tie breaker. But Rabada ensured that they fell short of this modest target.
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"Kagiso is a belter of a bowler and at his pace it is tough to hit him. I had a chat before the Super Over and he told me that he would go for yorkers all through: first, second, third, fourth, every ball. The first one didn't come off well, but the way he came back takes some special skill to execute,” the winning team Delhi Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer said.
The match was no less interesting before the Super Over too.
What KKR all-rounder Andre Russell did in the first innings Delhi Capitals' Prithvi Shaw did better in the second. But nerves got the better of the Delhi Capitals batsmen, leading to a tie, followed by the Super Over.
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Delhi Capitals required just six runs off the final over of the innings. But KKR bowler Kuldeep Yadav showed nerves of steel, restricting the Delhi batsmen. With two required off the last ball, Colin Ingram was run out while completing the second run.
It was after this that the Super Over decided the match, making it a treat for cricket enthusiasts to savour.
Though the game ended in a tie, it was a case of quality batsmanship on display, as Russell first showed what brute power is during his knock of 62 off 28 balls (4x4, 6x6). Yet Shaw followed it up with a classy 55-ball 99 (4x12, 6x3).