IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada to the rescue as Delhi Capitals pip Kolkata Knight Riders in super over

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Rabada (r) holds nerve in super over. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

In a 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) in which the pendulum swung wildly from one team to another, Delhi Capitals held their nerve to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by three runs via a super over.

Prithvi Shaw (99) and Kagiso Rabada were at the heart of Delhi’s second win in the tournament as Kolkata’s perfect run so far was brought to a grinding halt.

Kolkata Knight Riders had earlier set Delhi a target of 186 to win but the hosts were unable to score the six runs required off the last over of the match bowled by Kuldeep Yadav with the two teams being tied at the end of regulation play.

The season’s first super over saw Delhi restricted to just 10 runs by Prasidh Krishna but South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada saved his best for the last with Kolkata being able to only score six runs in reply.

DELHI’S YOUNG INDIA CORE COMES TO THE FORE

A chase of 186 was always going to be tricky one to pull off against the experienced campaigners of Kolkata and that Shikhar Dhawan fell early did not help matters for the hosts.

However, Prithvi Shaw and skipper Shreyas Iyer were in the mood from the very go with the two young Indian batsmen taking the attack to Kolkata’s bowlers.

Both youngsters had been ordinary in the two previous matches for Delhi but they looked in devastating form on Saturday with Kolkata’s bowlers finding it hard to restrict the boundaries.

Shaw, in particular, was sensational with the opening batsman cutting, driving and pulling with aplomb. The right-hander brought up his fifty off 30 deliveries before stepping up another gear.

He shared an 89-run stand with Iyer which effectively brought down the asking-rate to just above a-run-a-ball. The youngster was in no mood to relent even after his skipper’s departure as he seized the game by the scruff of its neck for Delhi with some outrageous shot-making.

He should have probably finished off things for the hosts but his dismissal in the penultimate over triggered a late Delhi collapse which saw the match ultimately go to a super over.

DELHI MAKE EARLY INROADS WITH THE BALL

Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer elected to field first after winning the toss and his decision to introduce Sandeep Lamichhane in the powerplay itself paid off handsomely.

The Nepal leg-spinner struck early by trapping Nikhil Naik lbw but there would be further misery for the visitors with Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana falling in quick succession.

Uthappa and Lynn were both dismissed by Delhi all-rounder Harshal Patel with the latter’s poor IPL continuing. Matters went from bad to worse for Kolkata in the 10th over of their innings with promising youngster Shubman Gill run-out by a country mile following a dreadful mix up with skipper Dinesh Karthik.

RUSSELL, KARTHIK CHANGE COMPLEXION OF GAME

At 61-5 at the start of the 10th over, Delhi had Kolkata right where they wanted them before danger man Andre Russell came out to bat.

Containing Russell was always going to be the biggest challenge for the hosts but it was a task in which they failed miserably as the West Indies all-rounder changed the momentum of the game for the third match running.

Russell was in his characteristic destructive mood with the right-hander using the brute power in his shoulder to lethal effect at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The all-rounder struck six towering maximums and four boundaries in a 28-ball stay at the crease which fetched 62 runs.

At the other end, Karthik too was in the mood with the Kolkata skipper registering a fine 36-ball 50. Together, the pair added 95 runs for the sixth wicket to resurrect Kolkata’s innings while Russell’s astonishing hitting powers saw them almost breach the 200-run mark in the end.

BRIEF SCORES

Kolkata Knight Riders: 185-8

Andre Russell: 62 (28)

Dinesh Karthik: 50 (36)

Delhi Capitals: 185-6

Prithvi Shaw: 99 (55)

Shreyas Iyer: 43 (32)

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