It’s the 25th Match of Vivo IPL 2021 played between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Nearly halfway through the league stage of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals looking to get back to winning ways after the loss that would have been hard to swallow against RCB.

A resurgent KKR, after finding their winning touch, wanted to make the most of any fallibilities in the opposition at the moment. After reversing a four-game losing streak, they were looking to make the most of their own good form.

Asked to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders made 154 for six against the in-form team from Delhi.

Opener Shubman Gill top-scored with a 38-ball 43 but KKR slipped to 82 for five.

KKR were 54 for one at the of power play overs with Nitish Rana was stumped out for 15 in the fourth over bowled by Axar Patel. Gill was going strong as he took on Ishant Sharma and Axar by hitting a few boundaries but lost Rahul Tripathi to Marcus Stoinis in the 10th Over.

KKR Slipped from 69 for one to 82 for five as captain Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine got out in space of three balls.

Andre Russell (45* off 27 balls) finished the innings for KKR with some huge sixes to help KKR pass the 150-run mark on the last ball of the innings at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

For DC bowlers Axar Patel and Lailt Yadav were the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets each.

In reply, DC chased down the target in 16.3 overs. Opener Prithvi Shaw smashed 6 fours in an over of Shvam Mavi.

Shaw blazed away to 82 off only 41 balls while sharing 132 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (46). He was dropped by Shubham Gill when on 55 off the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy.

KKR lead pacer Pat Cummins was the only bowler to pick up wickets, finishing his spell for 3/24.

This was KKR’s fifth loss in seven games while DC registered their fifth victory this season to occupy the second place in the points table for the time being.

Delhi Capitals winning the match quite convincingly by 7 seven wickets in 16.3 overs.

Eoin Morgan: Very disappointed. We were slow off the blocks with the bat, lost wickets in the middle period and Russell got us to 150-plus. Then got slow off the blocks with the ball. Shaw played brilliantly, nothing much we could do. Also shows how good the surface was. We weren’t good enough with all departments. Hopefully we can turn things around. There is a huge amount of talent in our squad but talent alone doesn’t get you far. It’s about execution.

Rishabh Pant: He’s a talented player, we all know that. But if you give him confidence he can do wonders. I was only telling him to play the normal game. In this kind of match we can afford to think of run rate. Only thing we talk with youngsters is just enjoy cricket, do your best. Lalit is an allrounder. Hasn’t got a chance to bat but he’ll learn. Last match we only lost by one run, so as a team we talk about we don’t have to change anything. Definitely enjoying captaincy.

Prithvi Shaw: I wasn’t thinking anything to be honest. Was just waiting for the loose balls. We’ve played for four-five years now (with Mavi), so I knew where he will bowl to me. I was prepared (for the short ball). The first four-five balls he bowled were half-vollies so I was prepared for the short ball but unfortunately he didn’t bowl. On this wicket especially when the spinner is bowling it wasn’t coming very nicely onto the bat. Was stopping a little. Was waiting for them to bowl at me on off stump or outside so I can free my hands. When I’m in there, I keep playing and don’t think about the score. Don’t think about myself, just want the team to win.

Prithvi Shaw powers Delhi Capitals to 7 wickets win over Kolkata Knight Riders


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