After a solid batting partnership of Sunil Narine (32 off 64 balls) and Nitish Rana (53 off 81 balls) who took 4 for 115 off 56 balls in the first innings, Varun Chakraborty took his first five wickets tonight in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for Kolkata Knight Riders 59 In T20 matches that fell by a margin. Varun became the first bowler to take five wickets in IPL 2020 and also has some of the best bowling figures of the season. Earlier, Mumbai Indians Trent Bolt had their previous best bowling figures in 4/18 IPL 13 against CSKA on Friday.
Pat Cummins once again proved why he is the most expensive bowler in IPL 2020 because he cleaned up both openers Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) cheaply to get DC into real trouble. First, Cummins hit a delivery off the first ball of the innings, which caught Ajinkya Rahane in front of the stumps for the first ball, and then Shikhar Dhawan, who scored back-to-back goals, returned to his team in his last two games
Young gunmen Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Bandh were responsible for the chase in Delhi. The duo stabilized their team’s ship by bringing in the much-needed 50-run alliance, but it didn’t come as quickly as it should.
The equation required Delhi capitals to score 131 runs in the last 10 overs, winning with the required run rate increase. Pant and Morgan’s action to introduce Varun Chakraborty in the attack was excellent as he cleared the ball for 27 off 33 balls with his second ball of the innings.
The run rate reached almost 2 runs per ball, which saw Hedmeier forced to play dangerous shots. The Windies tried hard to bring down the thundering Emperor to the maximum, but failed to put the right force behind his stroke and had to return to the pavilion for 10 off 5 balls.
DC now need 100 off 39 balls. Captain Shreyas Iyer soon followed his partner Hedmeyer on the next ball for 47 and helped the Emperor get wickets in successive balls.
The closed Varun emperor caught fire and dropped his fourth wicket to get Marcus Stones out or get six runs. In his final over, spinner Akshar Patel cleared the way for nine, taking the first five wickets of IPL 2020. Pat Cummins took his third wicket off Rabada. Ferguson bowled the last over and he also cleared Tushar Deshpande for 1 run. KKR won the match by 59 runs as DC 135/9.
Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer, who won the toss, was selected to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders against Abu Dhabi. Delhi capitals’ dangerous pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Northje got almost nothing on the scoreboard with Dinesh Karthik, Subman Gill and Rahul Tripathi, a good counter-punch from Sunil Narine (32-ball 64) and Nitish Rana (53-11-81) off 56 balls. Kolkata Knight Riders 194/6 at the 4th wicket stand.
Rana and Narine both hit quick fifties to get the Kolkata Knight Riders out of trouble and give their team a strong base as they both added more than 100 runs in quick time.
Rana, who was sent to open today after failing to finish third in his previous match, hit his 10th IPL fifty in just 35 balls. His partner Sunil Narine, who returned to KKR after being reported for questionable bowling action, hit a fifty off 24 balls shortly after batting in fifth.
Capitals of Delhi (playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Bandh (W), Marcus Stones, Simran Hetmire, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Aswin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Northje
Kolkata Knight Riders (playing XI): Subman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Aeon Morgan (E), Dinesh Karthik (W), Pat Cummins, Lucky Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagercoil, Praseeth Krishna, Varun Chakraborty