Delhi Capitals out-batted Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 runs with openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner’s making a mark. Chasing a target of 216 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders were all out for 171 runs in 19.4 overs.
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer’s decision to put Delhi Capitals in backfired as they piled up 215 for five riding on half-centuries from Shaw (51 off 29 balls) and Warner (61 off 45 balls). For Kolkata Knight Riders, Shreyas Iyer scored 54 runs and Nitish Rana made 30 runs.
It was left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s evening at the Brabourne Stadium as he exacted sweet revenge against a franchise that didn’t treat him too well during his stint as his career came to a halt. While playing for KKR, Kuldeep Yadav had cried on the field after a Moeen Ali batting assault. Things went downhill for the chinaman bowler after that. A knee injury that needed surgery to fix didn’t help matters. This season, he lost out on a BCCI central contract. This IPL has been witnessing a stirring fightback from the 27-year-old. Today’s game against KKR was his best. The impact spell he bowled secured victory for DC. Iyer’s wicket was the finest of them all.
The scoreboard pressure was always telling and Kuldeep’s (4/35 in 4 overs), who is proving to be an asset for Capitals, decisively swung the match in the Rishabh Pant-led side’s favour, getting opposition skipper Shreyas Iyer (54 off 33 balls) stumped with a left-arm wrist spinner’s googly. Iyer had no clue as he came down the track and the ball turned away after pitching.
Pat Cummins didn’t play any manic knock as a Kuldeep leg-break ended his stay and then he took a magnificent skier off his own bowling to cap off a superb evening under lights.