IPL 2021: Twitter reactions – Rahul Tripathi takes KKR to the final with a much-needed six in last over

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 2 in a last-over thriller at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. With the victory, KKR booked a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final, where they will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (October 15). Chasing a paltry target of 136,…

IPL 2021: Twitter reactions – Rahul Tripathi takes KKR to the final with a much-needed six in last over

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 2 in a last-over thriller at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. With the victory, KKR booked a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final, where they will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (October 15).

Chasing a paltry target of 136, the Knight Riders got off to a flying start. Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer once again dominated the opposition bowlers and formed a scintillating partnership of 96 runs which took the game away from Rishabh Pant-led side.

Iyer played magnificently well and scored a vital half-century. The Madhya Pradesh cricketer made 55 runs off 41 balls with the help of seven boundaries, including three sixes. Similarly, Gill also showed his class and took KKR close to the finish line before Avesh Khan dismissed him for 46 in the 17th over.

As KKR were looking to cruise through, a twist greeted them, with the match almost slipping out their hands. Kagiso Rabada brought back the momentum in DC’s favour after bowling a magnificent 18th over, where he conceded only one run and took a wicket.

The trend continued as Anrich Nortje gave away only three runs in the penultimate over while also taking a wicket. The equation went down the 7 needed in the last over, and Pant gave the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin did his best in the first four balls, giving away only one run and picking up two scalps. But Rahul Tripathi smashed a six off the fifth ball to take KKR into the final of IPL 2021.

Earlier, the Capitals could only manage to post 135/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer played crucial knocks to help DC reach a respectable total. While Dhawan scored 36 off 39 balls, Iyer remained unbeaten on 30 from 27 deliveries.

Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy shined with the ball for the Knight Riders, taking a couple of wickets for 26 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Apart from Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson (1/26) and Shivam Mavi (1/27) also bagged one wicket apiece.

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Kieron Pollard spill beans on probability of Sunil Narine’s inclusion in West Indies squad for T20 WC 2021

West Indies veteran Sunil Narine has performed outstandingly well in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner was at his best in the recently concluded Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Narine dominated the proceedings and sent shockwaves to the RCB camp after…

Kieron Pollard spill beans on probability of Sunil Narine’s inclusion in West Indies squad for T20 WC 2021

West Indies veteran Sunil Narine has performed outstandingly well in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner was at his best in the recently concluded Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Narine dominated the proceedings and sent shockwaves to the RCB camp after he picked up four wickets, including prized scalps of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. Not only this, the Caribbean star played a quickfire 15-ball 26 runs knock in the chase to inspire KKR to a 4-wicket victory.

After the magical all-round display, many fans expected West Indies to recall Narine in their T20 World Cup 2021 squad, which will be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Now, Windies captain Kieron Pollard has shared his thoughts on whether Narine would be included in the T20 World Cup squad or not.

In a chat with ESPNcricinfo, Pollard confirmed that there wouldn’t be any change to the West Indies side ahead of the ICC’s deadline on Friday. The Trinidadian said they are focusing on the current 15-member squad

“If I add my two cents or my words on how his non-inclusion came about, then it could be spun – just like how he’s bowling on these Sharjah wickets – in all different directions. Let’s deal with the fifteen guys that we have here at this moment in time, which is more important, and see if we can rally around these guys and see if we can defend our title”, said Pollard.

Pollard said Narine is his ‘dear friend’ as the duo has grown up playing cricket. He termed the spinner as a ‘World Class’ cricketer.

“I have no comments on that. Enough has been said on that. I think persons have explained the reason of his non-inclusion at this point in time. For me personally, I know Sunil Narine as a friend first, before an international cricketer. We grew up playing cricket together. He is a world-class cricketer”, added Pollard.

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