Anmol Pundir

It was the last over of the match when the ball was jammed out of Rahul Tripathi’s bat to clinch a harmonious victory for Kolkata Knight Riders. Chasing 136, KKR once dipped to the pressure in the last couple of overs but Tripathi’s smokey short-over-long-off flipped the side for KKR to enter into the finals after 7 years

There couldn’t have been a more pleasing day for Knight Riders fans, considering they were in the winning seat throughout the match. Delhi Capitals who were invited by Eoin Morgan to bat first succumbed to the pressure of playoffs and the double-paced nature of Sharjah cricket stadium. Shikhar Dhawan’s 36 off 39 and Shreyas Iyer’s 30 off 27 at the end of the innings helped Capitals’ to reach a similar total what RCB posted in their eliminator match against KKR.

Venkatesh Iyer, who changed the fate of KKR’s opening pair once again stood up early in the innings to get a fictitious 50 for his team, and a concise innings was played by Shubhman Gill as well. Iyer and Gill put a 96 run stand for KKR, and then a 27 run stand between Nitish Rana and Gill making the result of the match inevitable.

Kolkata Knight Riders were 13 runs away from IPL 2021 final, a final KKR waited for 7 long years, but as the pundits of cricket say, cricket is the most predictable of unpredictable games. Pant handed the ball to Delhi Capitals’ highest wicket-taker this season and he did not disappoint his skipper, he did not only give 2 runs off the over but also got the cap off well set Shubhman Gill.

Given the fact that it was a low-scoring match, where KKR batted so snappily one good over could not make the difference, but the best in business Kagiso Rabada was yet to show his real character. Rabada kept hitting the hard lengths mingled with his variations making it harder for Tripathi to rotate the strike, and when he did Rabada the over worse by eliminating Dinesh Kartik from the pitch.

The 18th over of the match went for a single run and a wicket. Anrich Nortje who has not been less than his South African teammate Rabada made sure to catch onto the legacy set by Delhi bowlers and bowled some good lengths to Eoin Morgan.

Morgan who has already been criticized for his out of form again went out for a duck. KKR needed 7 runs in the last over and this was the point where words and predictions of all the cricket fans and pundits began fluctuating because Ravi Ashwin did not only gave 1 run from the first 4 balls but also got 2 wickets, making it 4 consecutive 0s for KKR batters.

Assumptions were now in Delhi’s favour and Delhi the distance between Capitals’ and IPL 2021 final was to defend 6 runs odd the last 2 balls, but Rahul Tripathi was there to etch his name in the books of KKR and smashed a SIX over long-off to carry his team into IPL finals after 7 years.

Rishabh Pant the skipper of DC in a post-match presentation said “I don’t have words to express at the moment, can’t tell anything. We just keep believing, tried to stay in the game as long as possible”. Pant patted his bowlers to bring them back into the game, but unfortunately, it was not their day to bid for the final.

Venkatesh Iyer was given his Man of the Match trophy and with happy faces in the KKR dugout and an emotional ending in DC’s team, lights went off at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

IPL final will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 15th October between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

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