Sharjah, October 13: Rahul Tripathi held his nerve to hit a six off the penultimate ball of the IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 to help Kolkata Knight Riders seal a final spot after 3 wicket win against Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Wednesday (October 13).
After the bowlers led by mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, produced a clinical display on a slow pitch to restrict DC to 135 for 5, Tripathi finished the job for KKR after openers Venkatesh Iyer (55) and Shubman Gill (46) set the base, but the team suffered a collapse.
Kolkata were on their way to victory after the openers shared a 96-run stand, but once Venkatesh Iyer was dismissed, Kolkata lost 6 wickets for 7 runs as DC seemed to be close to pulling off a thriller led by Anrich Nortje (2 for 31), Kagiso Rabada (2 for 23) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2 for 27).
Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik and Sunil Narine all departed without troubling the scorers for a duck as they followed Nitish Rana and Gill into the dug out with 13 needed off 24 balls.
However, Tripathi, who saw his partners depart in procession, held his nerve to hit a maximum off the fifth ball in the 20th over sealed the match with one ball to spare.
Sent in to bat, DC batters struggled on a sluggish pitch with the KKR bowlers bowling a tight line and length. Opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with a 39-ball 36 while Shreyas Iyer remained not out on 30 off 27 balls.
Chakravarthy took two wickets for 26 runs while Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi got one each.
Kolkata Knight Riders will now face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Friday (October 15).
Here are the highlights from IPL 2021, Qualifier 2, DC vs KKR:
With just a day's rest, Kolkata Knight Riders will now aim for their third title when they face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 final on Friday (October 15).
END OF THE MATCH: Rahul Tripathi holds the nerve to help Kolkata Knight Riders seal the final spot with a six off the penultimate ball.
SIX! Tripathi seals a thriller as he hits Ashwin, who was on a hattrick, straight over long off for a maximum to finish the chase in style. KKR - 136/7 in 19.5 overs.
WICKET! Ashwin on a hattrick as Sunil Narine holes out to Axar Patel at long on for a duck. KKR - 130/7 in 19.4 overs, need 6 from 2 balls to win now.
Sunil Narine is the new man in for KKR, who need 6 to win from 3 balls.
WICKET! Ashwin strikes as he traps Shakib for a duck. DC back in this contest. KKR - 130/6 in 19.3 overs, need 6 from 3 balls now.
Ashwin concedes a single off the first ball. It's 6 from 5 now with new batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the middle.
WICKET! BOWLED HIM! KKR - 129/5 in 19 overs, Nortje gets Morgan and it's another dot ball to end the over. KKR now need 7 from 6 balls to win with 5 wickets in hand.
Dot ball and it's 7 from 8 now with Morgan on strike.
Anrich Nortje is bowling the 19th over and KKR need 7 off 9 balls to win as Morgan joins Tripathi in the middle to complete the run chase.
Misfield from Shreyas Iyer kind of releases the pressure on KKR.
WICKET! Rabada castles Karthik for a duck. Seems to be a twist, but is it too late in the day? KKR - 126/4 in 18 overs, need 10 runs from 12 balls to win now.
Rabada starts with four dot balls in the 18th over and then concedes a single off the fifth delivery.
Two new batters in. Is there twist to this game now as Karthik joins Tripathi in the middle? KKR need 11 to win from 18 balls.
WICKET! Avesh Khan finds the edge of Gill (46) and Pant makes no mistake behind the stumps. KKR - 125/3 in 16.4 overs.
Rahul Tripathi is the new batsman in as Avesh Khan resumes play after the break.
At the final time-out, KKR reach 123/2 in 16 overs with Shubman Gill unbeaten on 45 in the middle. Kolkata need 13 runs to win now from 24 balls.
WICKET! Nortje removes Rana (13), who holes out to Hetmyer at deep square leg. KKR - 123/2 in 16 overs.
SIX! Gill stands tall and hits Nortje over long on for a maximum. KKR - 122/1 in 15.4 overs.
5 runs come from Avesh Khan's third over and KKR reach 113/1 in 15 overs. Kolkata now need 23 runs to win from 30 balls.
DROPPED! Ashwin puts down a sitter after Avesh Khan manages to get Rana to loft one to third man. KKR - 110/1 in 14.3 overs.
SIX! Rana hits Axar Patel straight down the ground for a maximum. KKR - 108/1 in 14 overs.
6 runs and a wicket come from Rabada's third over as Nitish Rana joins Gill to complete Kolkata's run chase. KKR - 98/1 in 13 overs, need 38 runs to win now from 42 balls.
WICKET! Rabada gets the breakthrough as he removes the dangerous Iyer for 55. KKR - 96/1 in 12.2 overs.
FOUR! Rabada finds the edge of Iyer, but the ball flies to the third man boundary. KKR - 96/0 in 12.1 overs.
4 runs come from Axar Patel's third over. KKR - 92/0 in 12 overs and now need 44 runs to win from 48 balls.
12 runs come from Nortje's second over and Venkatesh Iyer closes in on a fifty. KKR now need 48 runs to win from 54 balls.
FOUR! Iyer makes room and hits Nortje over point for a boundary. KKR - 81/0 in 10.3 overs.
At the half-way stage, KKR reach 76/0 in 10 overs with Iyer (44) and Gill (27) in the middle. Kolkata now need a run a ball - 60 off 60 ball to win.
Despite a six early in the over Axar Patel concedes just 9 runs from his second over. KKR - 76/0 in 10 overs.
SIX! Iyer welcomes back Axar Patel back into the attack with a maximum over deep mid-wicket. KKR - 73/0 in 9.1 overs.
Ashwin follows up with another boundary-less over. KKR - 67/0 in 9 overs, need 69 runs to win from 66 balls.
Another 5 run over bowled by DC as KKR fail to a hit a boundary for the first time in back-to-back overs. KKR - 61/0 in 8 overs, need 75 runs to win from 72 balls.
5 runs come from Ashwin's second over and KKR now need 80 runs to win from 78 balls with 10 wickets in hand.
Ashwin resumes play after the break as Delhi Capitals look to break KKR's opening stand.
At the end of powerplay and at the third strategic time-out, unbeaten duo Iyer (31) and Gill (17) take KKR to 51/0 in 6 overs. Kolkata now need 85 runs to win from 84 balls.
9 runs come from Avesh Khan's second over. KKR - 51/0 in 6 overs.
50 up for KKR in the sixth over as Iyer and Gill get off to fast start.
FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer is dealing with boundaries as he starts Avesh Khan's over with a shot towards mid-wicket. KKR - 46/0 in 5.1 overs.
12 runs come from Rabada's first over as Kolkata close in on fifty inside powerplay. KKR - 42/0 in 5 overs.
DROPPED! Rabada puts down a return catch of Venkatesh Iyer, who gets a life. Now will he punish DC for that mistake?
SIX! Venkatesh Iyer comes down the track and hits Rabada into the stands over deep mid-wicket. KKR - 37/0 in 4.3 overs.
Kagiso Rabada has been introduced into the attack as DC look to break the opening stand.
SIX! Iyer hits Axar Patel out of the park for the first maximum of the run chase. KKR - 30/0 in 4 overs and they now need 106 runs to win from 96 balls.
6 runs come from Avesh Khan's first over. KKR - 21/0 in 3 overs.
Avesh Khan, the second highest wicket-taker this season with 23 wickets, is introduced into the attack.
9 runs come from Ashwin's first over. KKR - 15/0 in 2 overs and they now need 121 runs to win from 108 balls.
FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer slog sweeps Ashwin towards deep square leg for a boundary. KKR - 12/0 in 1.3 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin shares the new ball with Nortje as DC also introduce spin inside powerplay.
Despite a boundary off the first ball KKR openers were able to add only 2 singles from the next five ball as Nortje concedes just 6 runs from the first. KKR - 6/0 in 1 over and need 130 runs to win from 114 balls.
FOUR! Gill opens the run chase with a boundary as he drives Nortje past covers. KKR - 4/0 in 0.1 over
Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill open the batting for KKR, while Anrich Nortje takes the new ball for DC.
KKR openers follow the umpires and Delhi Capitals team out into the middle to start the run chase.
136 from 120 balls will be challenging on this wicket. But if KKR openers get off to a good start then they'll be the favourites. However, if Nortje and the rest of the bowling attack find the right lengths early then DC will be on top.
END OF THE INNINGS: A late surge from Shreyas Iyer (30 not out off 27 balls) and Shimron Hetmyer (17 off 10 balls) takes Delhi Capitals to a challenging total of 135/5 in 20 overs.
SIX! Shreyas Iyer ends the innings with a maximum as he hits a full toss bowled by Shivam Mavi straight down the ground over the sight screen. DC - 135/5 in 20 overs.
FOUR! Shreyas Iyer pulls Mavi towards mid wicket for a boundary. DC - 125/5 in 19.2 overs.
Shivam Mavi is bowling the final over for KKR.
Narine ends wicket-less as he finishes with figures of 0 for 27 in 4 overs. DC - 120/5 in 19 overs.
WICKET! Hetmyer is RUN OUT after Shreyas Iyer cuts Narine straight to the fielder at backward point and hurries for a single. DC - 117/5 in 18.3 overs
Sunil Narine is bowling the penultimate over of the innings and his final over.
SIX! Hetmyer hits Ferguson for the second maximum of the over and 15 runs come from it. DC - 114/4 in 18 overs.
SIX! Hetmyer hits Ferguson over deep square leg for a maximum. DC - 106/4 in 17.2 overs.
100 up for DC in the 18th over as Ferguson is set to bowl his fourth over.
Shreyas Iyer can't make most of the free hit and Chakravarthy ends his quota of 4 overs with figures of 2 for 26. DC - 99/4 in 17 overs.
Shubman Gill takes a fine catch at deep mid-wicket, but Hetmyer survives as Chakravarthy has over-stepped. DC - 96/4 in 16.3 overs.
2 singles and a wicket come from Ferguson's third over. DC - 92/4 in 16 overs.
Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in for Delhi Capitals.
WICKET! Ferguson strikes to remove Pant for 6. The Delhi Capitals skipper looks to attack Ferguson, but a leading edge pops up in the air and Tripathi takes the catch at mid-off. DC - 90/4 in 15.2 overs.
7 runs and a wicket come from Chakravarthy's third over. DC - 90/3 in 15 overs.
FOUR! Pant sweeps Chakravarthy and the fielder at deep square leg misfields to gift DC a boundary. DC - 87/3 in 14.3 overs.
At the second strategic time-out, DC reach 83/3 in 14.1 overs with Shreyas Iyer (8) unbeaten in the as Rishabh Pant joins him.
WICKET! Chakravarthy strikes again as he removes Dhawan (36), who holes out to Shakib at backward point. DC - 83/3 in 14.1 overs.
6 runs come from Mavi's third over. DC - 83/2 in 14 overs.
4 singles come from Shakib's 4th over and he finishes with figures of 0 for 28. DC - 77/2 in 13 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan is set to bowl out his four overs quota now.
3 runs and a wicket come from Mavi's second over as Shreyas Iyer joins Dhawan in the middle for Delhi following the dismissal of Stoinis. DC - 73/2 in 12 overs.
WICKET! TIMBER! Shivam Mavi castles Marcus Stoinis for 18. DC - 71/2 in 11.3 overs.
5 runs come from Narine's third over as Stoinis has a close shave. DC - 70/1 in 11 overs.
PHEW! Stoinis just about keeps his foot down and survives a stumping after Karthik broke the stumps after the Aussie was deceived by Narine.
REVIEW for stumping as Karthik breaks the stumps when Stoinis is out of his ground. Close call this.
10 runs come from Chakravarthy's second over as Delhi Capitals reach 65/1 at the half way stage of the first innings.
FOUR! Dhawan finally finds a boundary as he sweeps Chakravarthy through the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket. DC - 62/1 in 9.3 overs.
It's mystery spin from both ends as Varun Chakravarthy bowls his second over.
Narine comes back well after that 14 run first over as he concedes just 3 singles from his second over. DC - 55/1 in 9 overs.
Sunil Narine resumes play after the break as KKR look for another wicket.
At the first strategic time-out of the Qualifier 2, DC reach 52/1 in 8 overs with Dhawan (20) and Stoinis (11) unbeaten in the middle.
Mavi starts well as he concedes just 3 runs from his first over. DC - 52/1 in 8 overs.
50 up for DC in the 8th over.
Shivam Mavi into the attack for the first time today. Can he get another breakthrough?
11 runs come from Shakib's third over and the all-rounder has proved to be on the expensive side so far. DC - 49/1 in 7 overs.
FOUR! Stoinis hits Shakib over extra cover for a boundary. DC - 45/1 in 6.2 overs.
Shakib returns to the attack to bowl his third over.
At the end of powerplay, DC reach 38/1 in 6 overs as Ferguson concedes just 4 singles. Th powerplay saw 3 sixes, but runs have been hard to come by for Delhi.
Ferguson back in the attack as KKR look to end the powerplay well.
A wicket and two singles come from Varun Chakravarthy's first over as Stoinis joins Dhawan following the dismissal of Shaw. DC - 34/1 in 5 overs.
WICKET! Chakravarthy strikes with his firs ball as he traps Shaw (18) in front of the stumps. DC - 32/1 in 4.1 overs.
Narine starts with an expensive over as he concedes 14 runs from it. DC - 32/0 in 4 overs.
SIX! SIX! Dhawan sweeps Narine over square leg for back-to-back maximums. DC - 30/0 in 3.3 overs.
Time for some mystery spin as Narine replaces Ferguson.
12 runs come from Shakib's second over Shaw finds boundaries and Dhawan finally gets off the mark. DC - 18/0 in 3 overs.
SIX! FOUR! Shaw hits Shakib straight down the ground for a maximum and cuts the next delivery for back to back boundaries. DC - 16/0 in 2.2 overs.
Despite giving away a boundary early in the over Ferguson comes back well to concede just 5 from it as Dhawan remains on ) after facing 7 balls. DC - 6/0 in 2 overs.
FOUR! Shaw welcomes Ferguson with a cover drive for the first boundary of the innings. 5/0 in 1.1 overs
It's pace from the other end as Ferguson shares the new ball.
Shakib starts with a quiet over as Delhi openers find just one single from it. DC - 1/0 in 1 over.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings for DC, while KKR start with spin as Shakib Al Hasan takes the new ball.
Umpires, KKR fielders and DC openers make their way out into the middle for the start of Qualifier 2. The winner goes to the final and the loser goes home.
Here is what the captains said at the toss as Delhi Capitals received a boost with the return of Marcus Stoinis.
As expected KKR don't risk Andre Russell on this wicket and Delhi Capitals bring back their first choice all-rounder Marcus Stoinis after the Aussie passed the fitness test.
DC Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain/wicketkeeper), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
KKR Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
As far as team news is concerned, KKR remain unchanged, Delhi Capitals replace Tom Curran with fit-again Marcus Stoinis.
TOSS: Eoin Morgan spins the coin and heads is the call. It comes down tails and KKR have opted to bowl first.
It's time for the toss as the two skippers Eoin Morgan and Rishabh Patel walk out to the middle.
PITCH REPORT: Ian Bishop says it's action on pitch No. 4, where the teams have struggled to get past 132 since RCB got 156. Matthew Hayden calls for some fearless and sensible approach especially in powerplay as he feels scoring gets tougher in the second half of the innings.
Before the toss, let's find out the playing conditions in Sharjah with the pitch report. It's very unlikely to see an high-scoring match, but let's hope it's one entertaining contest.
Play-offs Record: DC, who aim to lift their first IPL title, have won only 2 of their 10 play-off matches, while two-time champions KKR have won 7 of their 11 play-off matches.
With just 25 minutes to go for the toss, let's talk about team combinations. Will DC retain Tom Curran in the 11 or include another spinner? Will KKR bring back Andre Russell into the line-up? We'll find that out at the toss, which is scheduled for 7 PM IST.
Team chasing has been the most successful in Sharjah this season so far with 6 out of 9 games being won by sides batting second. KKR, however, have wins by both batting first and bowling first. DC, on the other hand, have only one win in two games and that was when they chased against Mumbai Indians.
DC and KKR clashed at the same venue in IPL 2020 as well. And then Shreyas Iyer stole the show in an high-scoring match in Sharjah. But, it's a different story this year as the wickets in the venue have been the toughest to score.
Last time the Magician played a night game against #KKR in Sharjah 👉🏼 8⃣8⃣* off 3⃣8⃣ balls 🤯 👀@ShreyasIyer15 has already enthralled us in 🇦🇪, here's to him unlocking a new set of tricks tonight 🔮 🪄#YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 #DCvKKR pic.twitter.com/3g3VZYcLDv— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) October 13, 2021
While KKR beat DC in the most recent meeting between the two sides, Pant's side won the reverse fixture by 7 wickets earlier in the season at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where Prithvi Shaw's 82 off 43 balls powered his side home past the target of 155 with 21 balls to spare.
The last time the two sides met in Sharjah, KKR secured a 3 wicket win after Sunil Narine's crucial 21 off 10 balls powered the team past the target of 128 with 10 balls to spare.
We encountered cracking contests when the @KKRiders & @DelhiCapitals faced off against each other in #VIVOIPL 2021. 🔥🔥— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 13, 2021
Who do think will win tonight's #Qualifier2 & make it through to the #Final? 🤔#KKRvDC pic.twitter.com/o5976UXMLh
Ahead of tonight's match, it is 15-12 in favour of KKR in the IPL against the Delhi-based franchise. However, DC have won 4 of their last 6 meetings with KKR. But KKR have already beaten DC at tonight's venue where the wickets have been tough to score on.
The Qualifier 2 is set to start at 7:30 PM IST. But stay tuned as we will bring the team news, pitch report, toss and all the live updates from the match.
Hello all! Good evening and welcome to mykhel's live coverage of IPL 2021 Qualifier 2. In the penultimate match of the season, Delhi Capitals lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with an aim to make the final.