By Sidharth Gulati
In a thrilling finish, Kagiso Rabada defended 10 runs off the Super Over after Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders played out a tie in the IPL 2019 game at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday (March 30).
Asked to bat first, the Knight Riders were reeling at 61/5 after 9.1 overs when captain Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell set about rebuilding the innings. Like in the first two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab, Russell went about his business as usual - hitting sixes and got to his first half-century of the season. His 28-ball 62 along with Karthik’s 50 off 36 propelled the two-time IPL champions to 185/8. A total of 121 runs were scored off the final 10 overs.
In reply, Prithvi Shaw’s 55-ball 99 kept Delhi Capitals on course before their middle-order messed up in the last three overs. The hosts needed 18 off 18 and had eight wickets in hand. At this stage, it looked like the Knight Riders had nothing up their sleeve to pull it back until Lockie Ferguson and Kuldeep Yadav showed remarkable discipline and composure. The Chinaman dismissed Rishabh Pant and conceded just three runs off the 18th over.
After two singles off the first two balls of the penultimate over, Shaw top-edged a pull off Ferguson and was dismissed a run short of a deserved century. The fast bowlers though conceded a boundary and Kuldeep was left with six to defend off the final over. The equation reduced to 2 off 2 when Hanuma Vihari went for a big shot but found Shubman Gill in the deep.
Colin Ingram could hit only one off the final ball and the game went into overtime. After leaking 33 from his first two overs, Kuldeep gave away just eight off his last two overs and took two wickets.
Delhi batsmen Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Shaw could manage just 10 in the Super Over bowled by Prasidh Krishna. But Rabada enhanced his reputation as the world’s best bowler with a splendid bowling show, helping his side move to second in the points table. After being hit for a boundary off the first ball, the South African kept Knight Riders to only three off their next five balls.
“We weren't sure who was going to bowl and then Hopesy (James Hopes, Delhi Capitals’ bowling coach) came up to me and said I was going to bowl that over,” said Rabada.
“Obviously, lots of nerves. I just saw it as a simulation and glad it paid off. You have to keep your wits about you and be really clear on what you have to bowl. I just went with yorkers and it worked in the end. I was clear and backed my plan.”
Shaw, who was named Man of the Match for his impressive knock, said batting became difficult during the second innings.
“I thought I missed an opportunity to finish the game rather than the one run I needed for a hundred, that I was disappointed about. I think the pitch changed, the footmarks were opening, the slower ones were working well, there was turn on offer so we were looking to work the ball into gaps,” he said.
Delhi Capitals will next face Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Monday (April 1), while Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday (April 5).
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