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Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets

The Knight Riders lose their fifth game in a row, despite Rana’s 57 runs.

Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets
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Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Kuldeep Yadav, a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders, did not play in the IPL last year. Perhaps it’s because he only took five wickets in 45 overs in the two previous IPLs.

Kuldeep has taken eight wickets in seven overs against the franchise that let him go this year, consigning them to their second defeat against the Delhi Capitals.

Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets
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However, it could be claimed that he is still seeking a captain who will make the best use of him: despite taking four wickets, he only bowled three overs because there were two left-handed batters at the wicket.

Instead, the part-time offspinner provided Nitish Rana with the platform for a 30-ball fifty that propelled Knight Riders to 146, but it was insufficient against a power-packed Capitals batting lineup.

The reaction was spearheaded by David Warner’s 26-ball 42, but they continued to lose wickets as they attempted to control the chase. Rovman Powell and Axar Patel, on the other hand, got them home with one over to spare in the end.

Kuldeep Yadav Amazing Bowling

Kuldeep came to bowl at 35 for 2 in seven overs, putting pressure on the batters to get going quickly.

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B Indrajith tried to do precisely that when he faced Kuldeep initially, but he got too close to the ball and couldn’t get the elevation he required to clear long-on.

Sunil Narine, who required speed, was promoted by the Knight Riders, but Kuldeep caught him in front with the perfect wrong’un. Rana employed a forward-defensive approach to avoid a hat-trick. Only three boundaries were hit in the first 11 overs, all of which were fours.

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In the next two overs, Capitals returned to Kuldeep just as Knight Riders were getting momentum. Pant’s decision to bowl Lalit Yadav in the 13th over was dubious, but his fielding in the 14th over was superb.

Shreyas Iyer attempted to cut Kuldeep, but the wrong man rotated and stayed low, resulting in a heavy bottom edge that went almost vertically down.

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Pant, on the other hand, caught it by the laces of his shoes, exhibiting his sharp vision, athleticism, and fitness. Three balls later, Andre Russell abandoned his crease against his character, and Kuldeep slipped in the wrong’un once more.

Despite the fact that Pant missed the catch, the rebound broke the wicket. The score had grown to 83 for 6 in the 14th over.

Axar-Powell batting powerhouse

The asking rate, though, remained low, forcing Shreyas to split the fifth bowler’s quota between Russell and other part-timers.

When Axar pulled and upper-cut the first two Russell deliveries for four and six, the Knight Riders were in severe danger. The door stayed open despite a run-out on the final ball of the over.

Powell and Shardul Thakur were keeping a careful eye on Narine’s final over, but Harshit had already left the field due to injury. As a result, Shreyas had no choice but to bowl Venkatesh in the 17th over rather than wait until the end.

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Powell hit him for a six and a four to keep the game under a run per ball, and then Tim Southee and Shreyas both hit him for sixes to put the game out of reach.

Source: Hindustan Times

Written By

Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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