Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Wednesday 10-13-2021 – Qualifier 2 (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Morgan: “We’ve kept the same side. Guys have looked to play aggressive, smart cricket.”
Pant: “We would have bowled first only. Stoinis in, Curran out.”
IPL 2021 Points Table
Kolkata Knight Riders team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Shivam Mavi.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan.
“Can’t change anything after the match. Always we kept on believing and stayed in the game for as long as possible. The bowlers pulled it back. They bowled really well through the middle overs. We were stuck and unable to rotate the strike. Hopefully, we can come back next year for a stronger season. We played really good cricket throughout the season. We stuck together and cared for each other. Hopefully, we will improve next year and come back strongly.”
“It feels great. The win was very important. One of the tough overs, and it would be so deep we never thought. The 18th over was a great over by Rabada. I had to just connect one, and luckily I connected today, so I am very happy. The communication with Lockie was that if there is a possible two, then we will run it. It was difficult once you go in. Straightaway to get those boundaries was difficult. The ball was keeping a little low. After the first phase, we were a little down. We were always looking for positive options.”
Post match presentation
Venkatesh Iyer is Player of the Match for his 55 off 41 balls:
“Doing what has been asked of me, extremely happy to have won the game. There’s no difference [domestic] to IPL, have come here and played the way I wanted to play. Happy that the management allowed me the freedom to play the way I do. For the past couple of games, I was restricting myself, trying to bat till the end, but I realized that wasn’t me. I wanted to revert to the way I’ve been playing. I’m not thinking about the Indian team, have one more game and want to stay fully focused on that.”
“Should’ve been a lot easier after the start we got, Venky and Gill set us the platform. Dew came in and all, but hey, we’re in the final and we’re delighted to get over the line. Would’ve loved to win convincingly but the Capitals are a very good side. Six off two, the odds were probably in favor of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done superbly well for us. It’s a nice insight into our team culture – the young guys coming in feel free to express themselves.
The backroom staff has created an environment for them to do this. With the squad we have, there’s expectation. Hopefully, we can implement all that we’ve strategized. Venky Iyer’s idea [his elevation] came from the coach, my god, he’s a terrific player. Made the chase easy, looks like he was batting on a different wicket. We would like to keep going, playing against CSK, one of the best franchises in IPL history. Anything can happen.”