The win takes KKR a step closer to IPL 2021 Playoffs with 10 points from 11 games. This was also DC's first loss of the UAE leg and third overall. Catch the KKR vs DC highlights here.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 3 wickets
Sunil Narine two sixes and a four off a Kagiso Rabada over, turned the tables for KKR as the Eoin Morgan-led side defeated high-flying Delhi Capitals by three wickets in a low-scoring encounter today in Sharjah. Chasing Delhi's 127/9, KKR lost Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi cheaply before Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill steadied the ship. However, Gill's innings was short-lived after he miscued a Rabada delivery to give a simple catch. KKR lost Dinesh Karthik and skipper Eoin Morgan but that didn't deter Narine as he smashed the South African pacer to bring KKR to the brink of victory. KKR won with 10 balls to spare. The win takes KKR to 10 points while DC remain at the second spot with 16 points. This was Delhi Capitals' first loss of IPL 2021 UAE leg and third overall this season.
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That's it. Rana hits a four and KKR win by three wickets.
Nortje dismisses Narine for 20 but not before he did the damage. KKR 122/6 after 17 overs. Need six runs to win.
0, N1, 2, 6, 4, 6, 1 - Narine has taken Rabada to cleaners. 21 runs of the over. Narine (20*), Rana (31*). KKR 119/5 after 16 overs. Need 9 runs to win.
KKR lose Karthik, clean bowled by Avesh for 12. KKR 96/5 after 14.4 overs. Need 33 in 33 balls.
Back-to-Back sixes by Rana off Lalit, brings down the asking rate to 6 RPO. Karthik hits a four to take 20 runs from the over. Crucial at this juncture. Can they chase the target? Rana (29*), Karthik (12*). KKR 96/4 after 14 overs.
Morgan's poor run with the bat continues. Goes back for a duck, Ashwin gets a wicket. KKR 67/4 after 11.2 overs.
Wicket maiden for Rabada and what a scalp. Dangerman Gill departs for well-made 30. KKR 67/3 after 11 overs.
At the halfway stage, KKR are 67/2 after 10 overs. Gill (30*) and Rana (12*) are currently at the crease. KKR need 61 runs in 60 balls.
Gill looks to have found a rhythm. The right-hander is striking the ball clearly and looks set to play vital role in the game. Gill (26*), Rana (1*). KKR 52/2 after 7 overs.
Two down for KKR. Tripathi goes for 9, bowled by Avesh. KKR 43/2 after 5.5 overs.
Lalit draws first blood for Delhi, dismisses Iyer for 14, bowled. Gill (13*). KKR 28/1 after 4.3 overs.
Not in hurry. KKR are taking it slow and steady. Iyer (13), Gill (12). KKR 26/0 after4 overs.
It's Iyer's day today. After scalping two wickets, the left-hander starts with a couple of fours in first over. Iyer (8*), Gill (1*). KKR 9/0 after 1 over.
A complete all-round performance by KKR bowlers saw Eoin Morgan’s men restrict DC to127/9 today in Sharjah. Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith started on an aggressive note for Delhi hitting a flurry of boundaries in the Powerplay. But once Dhawan was gone, KKR pressed hard with wickets in regular intervals. After Dhawan’s dismissal, Smith tried to fight a lone battle but was out for 39. Skipper Rishabh Pant’s 39 towards the end helped DC cross the 100-run mark. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson gave the two-time champions the breakthrough with Sunil Narine and Venkatesh Iyer too joining the party. Debutant Tim Southee also etched his name in the wicket-taker's list picking two in the final over.
Delhi Capitals finish at 127/9 in 20 overs.
Two in three balls for Southee, this time its the skipper Pant, goes for fighting 39. DC 122/7 after 19.3 overs.
Maiden wicket for Southee in KKR colours. Picks up Ashwin for 9. DC 120/7 after 19.1 overs
100 up for Delhi Capitals. Pant (23*) and Ashwin (6*) are currently in the middle. DC 102/6 after 17 overs.
Iyer is in fire. The youngster now has picked Axar for a duck, caught by Ferguson. Pant (20*). DC 92/6 after 15.3 overs.
Raining wickets in Sharjah. After Hetmyer in the last over, Yadav bites the dust now. Narine does the trick for KKR. Pant (20*), Axar (0*). DC 89/5 after 15 overs.
Iyer picks his maiden maiden IPL wicket, dismisses big-hitting Hetmyer for just 4. The Windies star tries to clear the fence, finds toe-end of the bat to give a simple catch to Southee at long-off. DC 88/4 after14 overs.
Ferguson gets his second of the day. Smith tries to play across the line, gets inside edge onto the stumps for 39. DC 88/3 after 13.4 overs.
Playing his first match in the UAE leg, Smith looks in good touch and looks like to have taken the mantle from Dhawan. Smith (31*), Pant (7*). DC 64/2 after 10 overs.
Iyer comes and goes, clean bowled by Narine for just 1. DC 40/2 after 6.2 overs.
Ferguson with the breakthrough. Dhawan mistimes a slap only to hole out to Iyer, goes for 24. DC 35/1 after 5 overs.
Dhawan sets the tone for DC with a flurry of boundaries. He also survived a LBW call. Dhawan (23*), Smith (6*). DC 29/0 after 4 overs.
CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad (8) has hit the most sixes in IPL 2021 UAE leg. With six sixes each, Jason Holder (SRH) and Mahipal Lomror (RR) occupy the second spot.
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Just a single boundary in the first over from Warrier. Dhawan (4*), Smith (1*). DC 5/0 after 1 overs.
Rishabh Pant (DC): We wanted to bat first. I think 150-160 would be a good score to defend. Prithvi Shaw is injured and Steve Smith comes in place.
Eoin Morgan (KKR): Like Rishabh said, the wicket is unknown for all of us so we will try bowling first. We have two changes. Andre Russell misses out and Tim Southee makes his debut for KKr. Sandeep Warrier replaces Prasidh Krishna.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sandeep Warrier
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the top and will bowl first.
The pitch here in Sharjah is a bit tricky than the other two. There is less grass to hold the pitch together and expect some explosive batting in the Powerplay. It’s a must-win game for KKR and if they want to get better of DC the top-order needs to fire, says Matthew Hayden.
"Bowling will be key in this match. The ground is slightly smaller in this game and we need to close out the overs better in this match," says Sunil Narine in the post-match interview.
KKR's new foreign recruit Tim Southee is likely to make his debut in Purple and Gold today against DC.
Kolkata Knight Riders, robbed of a win by Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in their last IPL 2021 match, look for two full points against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah today. The KKR vs DC match will be the first of the day followed by Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings in the evening. Delhi Capitals are unbeaten in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and look certain to progress to the playoffs (last four). Unflappable DC deserve to be in this comfortable position and an additional two points will take them to the top of the table. Delhi Capitals have rode their bowlers where Anrich Nortje has got the important breakthroughs with others chipping in. Delhi Capitals have beaten Kolkata Knight Riders in five out of their last six matches with South African pacer Kagiso Rabada winning DC a super over contest in 2019. This should be a good contest between the young batsmen on either side. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi have been a revelation for KKR while Shreyas Iyer's return from injury has surely added muscle to the DC top order where the normally prolific Prithvi Shaw is yet to fire. Andre Russell (KKR) and Marcus Stoinis (DC) have injury concerns but both teams have enough back up to substitute them. Follow live cricket scores and live updates of KKR vs DC.
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Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt/wk), 5 Lalit Yadav, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Nitish Rana, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
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