SCOREKEEPER | SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
Chasing 136 to win, KKR was sailing to 123 for 1 in 15.5 overs, but the game took an incredibly dramatic turn when they lost five wickets for seven runs, with four batters coming out scoreless.
Was Rahul Tripathi, who ultimately saved the team from the blushes with a penultimate six-ball winner, which sealed a spot in the final for KKR against Chennai Super Kings.
“It should have been a lot easier after the start we had. The former gave us a great platform. We will analyze what happened in the last four overs,” Morgan said during the post-match presentation.
“Rocío came in and everything, but hey, we have won and we are in the final. We are delighted to overcome the line. I would have loved to win convincingly, but the capitals are a very good team.
“Six out of two, the odds were probably in favor of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done very well for us.”
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DC captain Rishabh Pant was stunned by the turn of events after his team managed to bring the game to the last end only to come up short at the end.
“I have no words to express at the moment, I can’t say anything,” he said.
“We keep believing, we try to stay in the game as long as possible. The bowlers almost pulled it out, but it’s a shame it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”
He blamed the opposition bowlers for making it difficult to score runs.
“They threw really well in the middle. We got stuck and we couldn’t rotate the strike,” Pant said. “The capitals of Delhi are known to be positive and hopefully we will come back better next season.”
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KKR starter Venkatesh Iyer, who was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ for his 41 balls and 55, said he played freely and did not try to restrict himself.
“I think in the last two games, I’ve been trying to restrict myself a bit because I wanted to stay until the end. But then I thought it wasn’t me. I was wasting the present trying to be a bit conservative,” he said.
“(Opening partner Shubman) Gill is an extremely wonderful hitting player.”
On his six winning matches, Tripathi said: “It feels great. The win was very important. One or two tough overs, and it would be so deep we never thought.
“The 18th was a great ending for Rabada. I only had to connect one, and luckily I connected today, so I’m very happy.
“It was tough once you get in. Immediately getting to those limits was tough. The ball stayed a little low. After the first phase (of this season), we were a little down. We were always looking for positive options.”