Delhi Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant’s dismissal in the 19th over of the innings ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders were able to restrict DD to a total of 168/7 at the Ferozeshah Kotla and then chase down the total with a ball to spare.
Pant’s untimely dismissal made all the difference. In a position of strength at the end of the 18th over, DD’s score reading 152/5, Pant was expected to hit fifth gear, having already collected 38 runs off 15 balls with four sixes and two boundaries. But Coulter-Nile got Pant to slice one straight to Gautam Gambhir to backward point as Delhi managed just 15 runs off the last 11 balls to finish on a par-score.
The batsman was looking in ominous touch, having meted special treatment to India pacer Umesh Yadav two overs back, 17th of the innings. Pant hit three sixes and two boundaries as Umesh went for 26 runs.
Interestingly, they were all proper cricketing shots and no hoicks or wild swings. The first one was a jab into the long-on boundary. The second was a boundary over point. The third a vintage Yuvi-style flick of the wrist as the ball sailed into the square-leg stands. The fourth a booming drive over long-off and into the stands and the fifth was carved over covers for another boundary.
With Chris Morris at the other end, DD were relishing the idea of finishing with a bang in the end, but it was not to be with Coulter-Nile doing the trick.