Sharjah: Delhi Capitals edged past Kolkata Knight Riders in a run-fest that saw the 2012 champions go down to Shreyas Iyer’s young side by just 18 runs, in Sharjah on Saturday.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals got off to a blazing start with openers Prithvi Shaw (66) and Shikhar Dhawan (26), scoring at almost 10 runs an over.
Despite dismissing Dhawan, the carnage from the Delhi batsmen didn’t stop as they kept on clearing the boundary at will and scoring at a run-rate more than 11.
Skipper Iyer led the charge with a powerful 88* off just 33 balls as all the KKR bowlers were taken to the cleaners. There was a 38-run cameo from Rishabh Pant as well—all of which led Delhi to score a massive 228/4.
Kolkata’s response was timid with Sunil Narine once again failing to make a mark at the top of the order. Shubman Gill (28) and Nitish Rana (58) kept Kolkata in the game but when Kagiso Rabada dismissed the mighty Andre Russell (13) in the 10th over, Kolkata’s hopes looked bleak. Rana kept them in the chase as Dinesh Karthik (6) failed to make a mark with the bat, yet again.
But Eoin Morgan (44) and Rahul Tripathi (36) kept the Knights alive in the contest with a flurry of boundaries and sixes but eventually, it was too much work to do as they lost out by just 18 runs to send Delhi top of the table.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 228/4 (Iyer 88*, Shaw 66; Russell 2/29) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 210/8 (Rana 58, Morgan 44; Nortje 3/33) by 18 runs.