Delhi Capitals got back on their way to a morale-boosting winning streak with a 44-run win against KKR.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Delhi Capitals broke a two-match losing streak with an emphatic 44-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. Also, DC stopped the winning run of KKR. Afternoon game in which over 200 runs were scored.

KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer Having won the toss, decided to bowl first. The DC openers didn’t mind as Prithvi Shaw and David Warner put on 93 runs for the first wicket. While Warner scored 61 runs in 45 balls, Shaw also scored 51 runs in 29 balls.

The Kolkata bowlers tried to come back into the competition after accounting for both the batsmen, but the middle-order duo of Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur took Delhi to a mammoth score of 215/5 in their 20 overs. Thakur (29* in 11 balls) and Patel (22* in 14 balls) shared an unbeaten 49-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

KKR lost the plot in their run chase

In reply, Kolkata Knight Riders were reduced to 38/2 in the fifth over before Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer put on 69 runs for the third wicket. Rana scored 30 off 20 balls, while Iyer was the only half-century for KKR, scoring 54 off 33 balls at a strike rate of 163.6.

Once both were dismissed, the middle-order batsman could not make much impact as KKR lost the plot. Shardul Thakur Completed the formalities by taking the last two wickets in the last over. Kuldeep Yadav was the bowlers’ choice with figures of 4/35.

Losing captain Shreyas Iyer said:

“He started very well from the very first over. Prithvi took over the bowlers. To be honest, we didn’t know what to do at that time. The wicket was playing really well. They formed a good partnership in the beginning and carried the momentum. Looks like a really good batting pitch. We have won three games chasing, but today was nothing special. The positivity we can take – the intention we showed. Even though we didn’t get off to a good start, we played really well for 7-15 overs in the middle stage. After that we wanted to continue with the run rate of 12rpo. It’s not a difficult task to do as a batsman but if you pace the innings well, especially in the middle overs, we can take it forward.”

The winning captain Rishabh Pant said:

“We would have fielded first, but as a batting unit, we just wanted to build pressure in the powerplays. Shardul then ended the match well in the end. In these conditions when there is no dew, you know a sum of 170-180 is good but 200 is too hard. It is more challenging for the team batting first. Kuldeep is working since one year but he is not getting opportunities. We are here to fully support them. We wanted to keep the momentum going, and we knew that if we lost wickets, we would have Sarfaraz in the end, and that’s why we sent Axar and Shardul over him. There is a lot of room for improvement as a cricketer and as a team.”

Player of the Match Kuldeep Yadav said:

“I thought I would reach the ball and I didn’t want to give up my wicket. There would have been no regrets if I hadn’t taken it because I gave it my all. It’s important that you stop and think about what you’re bowling to.” It’s a very good wicket to bat on and you need a lot of heart to bowl on it. The lateral boundaries are a bit long and so the length becomes very important. It was entertaining, so I Was mixing his pace too. Shreyas was batting well and I wanted to keep him guessing. It was a huge wicket. I thought his wicket was very important personally. He was the main batsman of the team. I was very much Not trying. Ever since I got back in the Indian team, I’m just focusing on my rhythm. All my wickets against both Shreyas and Cummins have had a really good length. The team is really supporting me a lot. Rishabh has been very calm and guiding me from behind the stumps. I am having a lot of fun. ,

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