Hugs all around in Kolkata Knight Riders dug-out. Disappointment in Delhi Capitals camp. This was going one way but final three over of the innings turned the contest around with Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Norje and Ravichandran Ashwin bowling their hearts out to now allow KKR a free ride. Defending seven in the final over. Ashwin took two wickets in two deliveries, leaving KKR needing six off two. However, Rahul Tripathi ensured no more twist as he smoked a six off the penultimate delivery to break DC's heart. KKR (136/7) in 19.5 overs beat DC (135/5) in 20 overs.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score: SIX! Rahul Tripathi seals the deal with a bang. A short delivery and Tripathi launches it high over long-off for a three-wicket win. KKR will face CSK in the final.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live Score: OUT! Sunil Narine goes for a big shot and doesn't get enough power behind and holes out to long-off fielder for a first-bal duck. Ashwin on a hat-trick. KKR need 6 off 2 now.
DC vs KKR Live Score: OUT! Oh my, Ravichandran Ashwin has trapped Shakib Al Hasan lbw on 0. This was as plumb as it can get. Kolkata Knight Riders need 6 off three now.
What a superb 19th over from Nortje. Just three runs and a wicket in it. Had it not been for a misfield from Shreyas Iyer, there would be just one run in it. All boils down to Ravichandran Ashwin now.
KKR vs DC Live Score: OUT! What is happening here? Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their captain Eoin Morgan for a three-ball duck. Anrich Nortje has deliveres a body blow. This isn't over folks. Not yet. KKR need 7 off 6 now.
IPL 2021 Live Score: OUT! Is there some late twist in the tale? Kagiso Rabada after bowling four dot balls allows a single and then draws an inside edge from the bat of Dinesh Karthik to have him bowled for a duck. KKR 126/4 in 18 overs, chasing 136.
KKR need 11 runs in 18 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live Score: OUT! Shubman Gill goes after a widish delivery from Avesh Khan and gets an outside edge to be out caught-behind for run-a-ball 46. No celebration from Avesh as he instantly turns away to head back to his marker. KKR 125/3 in 16.4 overs, chasing 136.
DC vs KKR Live Score: OUT! Nitish Rana pulls and holes out to Shimron Hetmyer at fine leg. A wicket for Anrich Nortje. Rana scored 13 off 12. KKR have lost their second wicket. They need 13 runs off 24 deliveries with eight wickets remaining. Time-out.
KKR vs DC Live Score: Five runs from the over of Avesh Khan. KKR 113/1. They need 23 runs in 30 deliveries.
IPL 2021 Live Score: Rana dropped on 9! Oh well, that effort from Ravichandran Ashwin in the deep tells you how deflated Delhi Capitals are right now. Looks like they have given up. He slices the first delivery from Avesh Khan to third man where Ashwin drops a sitter.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score: Nitish Rana, the new man in the middle. wants to end this early. Tossed up and the lefty launches it over Axar Patel's head for a maximum. 10 runs from the over. KKR 108/1 in 14 overs.
100 up for KKR in 13.2 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live Score: OUT! Venkatesh Iyer out on 55. And it's Kagiso Rabada who has struck for the first time after going wicketless for four matches. A breakthrough for Delhi but is it too little too late? Iyer struck four fours and three sixes during his 41-ball stay. KKR 96/1 in 12.2 overs, chasing 136.
DC vs KKR Live Score: Four runs from the over of Axar Patel. Kolkata Knight Riders need 44 runs in 48 balls. This contest is heading just one way right now. Will KKR win by 10 wickets? At the moment, it doesn't look like that any Delhi bowler can induce a mistake from either Venkatesh Iyer or Shumban Gill.
FIFTY for Venkatesh Iyer. What an inclusion he has proved to be for Kolkata Knight Riders in the UAE leg. Reached the milestone in just 38 deliveries. He has so far struck three fours and as many sixes. What difficult pitch?
KKR vs DC Live Score: Delhi Capitals look rattled. Their best bowler of the season Anrich Nortje is copping punishment and is being erratic tonight. Venkatesh Iyer slices one over point for a four and then Nortje ends up bowling a wide which evades everyone and results in five wides. 12 runs from the over. KKR 88/0 in 11 overs, chasing 136.
IPL 2021 Live Score: Axar Patel returns and Venkatesh Iyer greets him with a six over deep mid-wicket region. This is proving to be a comfortable chase for the Knight Riders. Nine runs from the over. KKR 76/0 in 10 overs, chasing 136.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score: Ashwin continues. Six runs off his third over. Still no wickets for Delhi. This match is headed towards one direction from hereon unless something dramatic happens in the next few over. KKR 67/0 in 9 overs, chasing 136.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live Score: Kagiso Rabada much better in his second over. Five runs off it. But Kolkata need 75 runs in 72 balls with all 10 wickets intact. Delhi need wickets and in heaps to build pressure. This game will slip further away from them quickly. It already has.
DC vs KKR Live Score: Ravichandran Ashwin is back into action. The fielding restrictions have been lifted. Will be interesting to see how Kolkata now approach their chase after a terrific start in the Powerplay. Five runs from the over. KKR 56/0 in 7 overs, chasing 136.
End of time-out.
KKR vs DC Live Score: A flick for four off the first delivery of the final Powerplay over. Another productive over for KKR. Nine runs from Avesh Khan's second over. KKR 51/0 in Powerplay
50 up for Kolkata Knight Riders in 5.4 overs
IPL 2021 Live Score: Another good over for Kolkata Knight Riders. Venkatesh Iyer spotted a slow delivery from Kagiso Rabada early and launched it over long-on for his second six of the innings. 12 runs from the over. Not a good start from Rabada - conceded a six, bowled two wides and dropped a catch. KKR 42/0 in 5 overs, chasing 136.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score: Venkatesh Iyer Dropped! Catches on follow-throughs are always difficult and Kagiso Rabada got his hands down in time but the ball popped out from his hand. Iyer was on 22.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live Score: Now Axar Patel into the attack. Venkatesh Iyer dances down the track and smacks the third delivery over mid-wicket for a maximum. Nine runs from the over. KKR 30/0 in 4 overs, chasing 136.
DC vs KKR Live Score: Avesh Khan into the attack now. Six runs from his over. He is the second-highest wicket taker of the season with 23 scalps so far. Harshal Patel with 32 wickets continues to lead the list. KKR 21/0 in 3 overs, chasing 136.
KKR vs DC Live Score: Time for some spin in Ravichandran Ashwin from the other end. Ok, so Ashwin is bowling with a slightly different action tonight. A shortish deivery and Venkatesh Iyer slog sweeps it for a four. Nine runs from the over. KKR 15/0 in 2 overs, chasing 136.
KKR vs DC Highlights, Qualifier 2, IPL 2021 Playoffs: Kolkata Knight Riders left it late despite being in a dominating position for the better part of their chase of 136 as they got over the line with three wickets to spare and one delivery remaining. Needing seven from the final over, DC made the life difficult for KKR with two wickets in as many deliveries before Rahul Tripathi struck the winning six. KKR enter final where they will face CSK.
Kolkata Knight Riders have lost Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana in quick time but they are well on course in the chase of 136.
Season’s third half-century from Venkatesh Iyer has put Kolkata Knight Riders on course.
Kolkata Knight Riders have made a dream start on this pitch. They haven’t lost a single wicket and their openers have added 51 runs in the Powerplay.
Shreyas Iyer (30*) provided the late push helping Delhi Capitals to a decent 135/5 in 20 overs on a challenging Sharjah pitch. For DC, Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 36 off 39. Varun Chakravarthy took 2/26.
Delhi Capitals have been conservative so far. Not that there have been enough chances with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers not giving them freebies. At the halfway stage they are 65/1.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan had unleashed a flurry of boundaries before Kolkata came back strongly with Varun Chakravarthy landing the first blow in Powerplay.
Kolkata Knight Riders have opted to bowl first against Delhi Capitals. While KKR are unchanged for the second qualifier, DC have brought in allrounder Marcus Stoinis for Tom Curran.
KKR vs DC Match Preview
Countering the in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter Rahul Tripathi and finding the motivation after their Qualifier 1 loss to three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be the two factors that could decide whether Delhi Capitals are able to secure a berth in the IPL 2021 final or not later on Wednesday.
Even as prolific DC opener Ptithvi Shaw has said that the players need to “back each other in this moment”, much could depend on how Ravichandran Ashwin is able to bottle up Tripathi in the make-or-break clash at the Sharjah Cricket Ground later on Wednesday in Qualifier 2.
Tripathi has been a big reason behind KKR’s batting prowess this season, with the batter emerging the top scorer for his franchise with 383 runs. However, he has been susceptible to spin this season, getting dismissed four times to it in UAE. Having already dismissed him once this season, Ashwin will look to do the same on Wednesday.
Shaw said that besides the key clash between Tripathi and Ashwin to look forward to, DC would also hope to bring the same camaraderie and team work, which helped them top the league stage of IPL 2021.
“I think the main thing is to back each other in this moment. If a player has not done really well, I think you should back that guy. And this loss is for everyone. It’s not because of a single player. You know as a team, we take it as a team. If we win or lose, we take it as a team. So yes, we’ll take this loss (in Qualifier 1 against CSK) and try and come back stronger,” Shaw has said.
It is 1-1 when it comes to DC’s record against KKR this season. While the Rishabh Pant-led side beat KKR comfortably in the India leg of IPL 2021, they came back strongly in UAE as they held their nerves to win by three wickets.
Despite the loss against CSK, there were many positives from the night, including Shaw’s electric 60 that helped DC get off to a flier.
Chasing has been the way to go in Sharjah and Pant would hope the toss goes in his favour, with chasing teams winning five out of the seven games in Sharjah this season.
Spin will again be the key on the slow surface. Ashwin has kept things tight in UAE, and DC would hope their slow bowlers strangle the opposition if conditions turn out to be in their favour.
The Shikhar Dhawan-Shaw show is known for its blockbuster starts, and how the DC openers fare will gain even more importance in Sharjah. Teams that have scored more runs in the powerplay have won eight out of the nine games in Sharjah this season, so flying out of the blocks in classic Shikhar-Shaw style will be of prime importance.
The ground has been a happy hunting ground DC, with their win percentage of 71.43 being joint best amongst all IPL teams at the venue.