Kolkata Knight Riders almost made an easy run chase against Delhi Capitals in IPL Qualifier 2 here on Wednesday and captain Eoin Morgan said a proper postmortem of the last four overs would be done later.
Chasing 136 for victory, KKR were at 123 for 1 in 15.5 overs, but the match took an incredibly dramatic turn when they lost five for seven, with four batsmen for naught. Got out.
It was Rahul Tripathi, who eventually saved the team from blush with a final-ball six, which propelled KKR into the final against Chennai Super Kings.
“We should have been very easy after the start. The openers gave us a great platform. We will analyze what happened in the last four overs,” Morgan said during the post-match presentation.
“The dew came and all, but hey, we have won and we are in the final. We are happy to cross the line. Would love to win but the Capitals are a very good team.
“Six out of two, probably was in favor of the bowling side, but Rahul Tripathi has done a great job for us.”
DC Captain Rishabh Pant His team managed to take the game till the last over and lost in the end.
“I don’t have words to express at this time, can’t describe anything,” he said.
“We just kept believing, trying to stay in the game for as long as possible. The bowlers almost pulled it back, but it is unfortunate that it did not suit us.
He credited the opposition bowlers for making it difficult to score runs.
“He bowled very well in the middle overs, we got stuck and couldn’t rotate the strike,” Pant said.
“Delhi Capitals are considered positive and hopefully we will come back better next season.”
KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer, who was adjudged man of the match for his 41-ball 55, said he played freely and did not try to restrict himself.
“I think in the last few games, I was trying to restrict myself a little bit because I wanted to stay till the end. But then I realized it was not me. I was losing in the present in trying to be a little conservative,” he said.
“(Opening partner Shubman) Gill is a wonderful stroke player. All my focus is now on the final.”
On his match-winning six, Tripathi said: “It feels great. The victory was very important. One or two tough overs, and it will be deeper than we ever imagined.
The 18th over was a brilliant over from Rabada. I just had to connect one, and luckily I’m connected today, so I’m very happy.
“Once you went in it was difficult. It was difficult to get those boundaries straight. The ball was staying a little low. After the first leg, we were a little down. We were always looking for positive options.”