Sharjah: Kolkata Knight Riders celebrate their win during the qualifier 2 cricket match of the Indian Premier League between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Capitals, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (PTI Photo/Sportzpics for IPL) Photograph:( PTI )
Morgan admitted that the win 'should've been a lot easier' after the good start. 'We are delighted to get over the line. We are in the entertainment business and needed to play some entertaining cricket'
From former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag to star spinner Kuldeep Yadav, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are on the receiving end of praises after their outstanding performance against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Wednesday (October 13) in the second Qualifier.
Venkatesh Iyer struck a fluent half-century as KKR overcame a late-over scare to reach the final of IPL 2021, where they will face MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday.
After the win, Sehwag took to Twitter and wrote, "That was the most incredible 4 over turnaround. Kolkata almost outdoing Punjab, but Tripathi saving it. Great game."
Set 136 for victory, Kolkata looked to be easing towards victory thanks to fine knocks from openers V Iyer (55) and Shubman Gill (46) before five quick wickets forced a thrilling finish.
With seven needed off the last over, Ravichandran Ashwin removed Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine off successive deliveries but Rahul Tripathi (12 not out) hit the off-spinner over his head for six to guide his side home with a ball to spare.
What a game of cricket. 😅 Unbelievable batting from @ShubmanGill @venky & @tripathirahul52 at the end to get us through the line.— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) October 13, 2021
Looking forward for the finals on Friday. 💜
Let's go @kkriders 💪 pic.twitter.com/hPMPqT5xsE
That was the most incredible 4 over turnaround. Kolkata almost outdoing Punjab, but Tripathi saving it. Great game. #DCvsKKR— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 13, 2021
Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, David Warner, now Eoin Morgan in the final ....Showing the great value of having a top leader. I will repeat, in franchise T20 cricket, a good captain is almost worth two players— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 13, 2021
KKR skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that the win "should've been a lot easier" after the good start. "We are delighted to get over the line. We are in the entertainment business and needed to play some entertaining cricket. Six off two and you would say the odds are for the bowling side. But Tripathi has done it for us so many times." Morgan said.
During the match, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled his way to a 39-ball 36 but couldn't break the shackles. Prithvi Shaw (18) looked good in his brief stay, while comeback man Marcus Stoinis (18) got the start but couldn't capitalise on it.
In the 18th over, Shimron Hetmyer (17) unleashed two sixes off Lockie Ferguson after getting a second lease of life, while Shreyas Iyer (30 not out) hit a four and a last-ball six in the 20th over to take DC to a competitive score.