Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals in match number 41 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. KKR were superb on a two-paced wicket in Sharjah, restricting DC for 127/9 in 20 overs. Lockie Ferguson (2/10) and Sunil Narine (2/18) were top-notch for the Eoin Morgan-led side. KKR were without Andre Russell and Tim Southee did a decent job in his absence. In reply, KKR managed to get past the paltry target, winning the match by three wickets. This was a huge statement from KKR, as they look to book a berth in the playoffs.
Earlier, DC saw Steve Smith and Rishabh Pant score 39 runs each. DC dropped Prithvi Shaw for Smith and the latter did a reasonable job. However, the Capitals kept losing wickets at regular intervals, managing 127 in the end. Two players scored ducks for DC as they failed to keep up with what was required.
KKR remained fourth in the table (10 points) with a positive NRR of +0.363. DC stay second with 16 points with a NRR of +0.562.
In this article, we present an analysis of which team fared how across the powerplay, middle and death overs.
The powerplay overs (1-6) saw KKR start with pacers as they bowled five overs and spinner Varun Chakravarthy bowled the sixth. DC started decently, scoring 29 from the first four before managing another 10 from the next two, besides losing one wicket. Ferguson got the key scalp of Shikhar Dhawan, who hit five fours in an entertaining 20-ball 24. Sandeep Warrier and Southee conceded 29 from four before Ferguson and Varun ended things strongly for KKR. DC were 39/1 after six overs.
KKR didn’t get the exact start in the PP overs, ending the same with 44/2. They lost more wickets than DC but scored five runs extra. The KKR openers added 28 for the first wicket. Iyer was dismissed in the fifth over before Rahul Tripathi departed in the final over. For KKR, Shubman Gill amassed 19 from 15 balls. For DC, Avesh Khan and Lalit claimed a wicket each.
The middle overs (7-15) was the turning point. KKR got the wicket of Shreyas Iyer right in the seventh over to push DC on the back foot. Both Narine and Varun choked DC for the first three overs of the middle phase. DC scored 12 off the 10th over and got nine in the 11th. Both overs were of spin. However, Venkatesh Iyer bowled well to concede four and create pressure before the 13th over saw Ferguson scalp Steve Smith. The 14th saw Iyer dismiss Shimron Hetmyer and Narine completed the middle phase with Lalit’s wicket. DC lost four scalps in the middle overs, scoring 50 from nine.
KKR scored 23 from the first four overs in the middle phase, not losing a wicket. However, the 11th over of the innings saw Rabada bowl a maiden and claim Shubman Gill’s wicket. And the next over saw Ashwin dismiss Eoin Morgan (0) and concede two. KKR did well in the 14th over, scoring 20 before they lost the wicket of DK in the 15th. KKR scored 54 in the middle overs, losing three wickets.
Death overs (16-20) are extremely crucial in terms of acceleration. DC managed just 38 runs in the final five overs. The 16th saw Iyer dismiss Axar Patel and Southee’s final over saw DC lose two wickets as they scored just seven, In between they scored 10 in the 19th and eight in the 18th over respectively. KKR once again claimed four wickets in the death overs. Pant scored 20 runs for DC at the death.
Meanwhile, KKR scored 32 at the death, losing another two scalps. They faced just 14 balls in the death overs, completing the chase. 21 came in the 16th over for KKR which turned the match and saw DC’s hopes come to an end. Narine smashed 20 in the 16th over as he put up a match-winning performance.
It was the middle and death overs that saw DC lose momentum after a decent start in the PP overs. KKR somehow managed to stay above DC in the middle overs and then killed the game in the death. It was a crucial win for the Knights.