Sharjah, September 28: The Kolkata Knight Riders scored a nervy three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals and maintained their place among top 4 for the time being during an IPL 2021 match here on Tuesday (September 28).
It was not surprising to see KKR players dominating the awards section, especially Sunil Narine. Here's highlights from post-match presentation and list of awards and prize money.
Awards - (All awards carry Rs 1 lakh prize money)
Man of the match - Sunil Narine (KKR)
Game Changer - Sunil Narine (KKR)
Cracking Sixes - Nitish Rana (KKR)
Super Striker of the Day - Sunil Narine (KKR)
Power Player - Lockie Ferguson (KKR)
Perfect Catch - Axar Patel (DC)
Most Valuable Asset - Sunil Narine (KKR)
2. What they said
Sunil Narine, Man of the Match
''Watching a few games, there's a little for the spin even though it's a big ground. It's just about not getting too full and with slight variations, try to be on top of the batters as much as possible as you can.
I have been through a lot. I have to give thanks to my bowling coach, he has been doing a fantastic job with me. All credit needs to go to him. And KKR for putting in the effort to always have him around.
That's a plus and that's probably the key for my comeback. It's taken a while but I am feeling much more confident. Hopefully, I can continue in games to come. It is a bit challenging, batting in the middle-order.
Any situation that I am given, I just like to make the best use of it and hopefully it can come out more often. It is pleasing to see hard work finally paying off after a long time. I think we are playing some good cricket, we have little niggles now, we have some thinking to do.
But saying that, we are playing good cricket and we have good guys to come in and I think we are in a good spirit at the moment."
Eoin Morgan, KKR captain
It's been a tough 48 hours, playing two day games in three days, and we've come off today with a few war wounds and injuries. Winning the toss and fielding wasn't the easiest thing to do, but if you make it work, then it's worthwhile.
The difference in the number of sixes (DC 0, KKR 7), was knowing when to push the button and when not to.
Sunil Narine was a huge part of that, and the top order target them when they had the advantage. They timed their assault really well, say with the new ball against the spinners. When you play on an outfield that's so slow, if you bowl KG (Kagiso Rabada), then it can come back and hurt you.
It was a well-fought game and we think we came out on the right side.
Morgan on talk with R Ashwin
Both teams played really hard, and we played in the right spirit, and in the heat, things can boil over. I think it's in the water in Abu Dhabi, how we've turned things around, but I think the head coach, Baz gets the full credit. The guys have bought into his methods and it's awesome to see it implemented.
Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals, captain
I think we were 10 runs short, not much. We knew that the wicket would slow down in the second innings. But end of the day each and every team is trying to win the match and we just want to give our 100% on the given day.
If it goes our way it's fine, if it doesn't we will learn from our mistakes and move on. Our batting was pretty difficult specially for the new batsmen because the wicket was getting slower and slower.
We just tried to dig in as long as possible so that we can capitalise in the end, but we lost some wickets later on, because of that we were 10 runs short. Really happy with the bowling performance but at Delhi Capitals, we learn from our mistakes.
I don't think there is a massive change that we have to do as a bowling unit, just some little things but we'll learn from our mistakes and move onto the next one.
Venkatesh Iyer, KKR
I have always had the confidence that I can deliver with the ball and I'm really happy that I got the opportunity today. I do practice them (yorkers) a lot and I have been working with Anand Rajan, my coach back home, he has helped me a lot with my bowling.
It is about accuracy and bowling to the field, I don't mind boundaries as long as my execution and planning is correct I'm extremely satisfied.
As a cricketer it is always good to help in all three departments, fielding is equally important and I thrive on fielding well. It is a huge bonus for the team if a player can contribute in all three departments."