IPL: Powell, Kuldeep star in Delhi’s triumph over KKR
Delhi Capitals 150 for 6 (Warner 42, Powell 33*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 9 (Rana 57, Shreyas 42, Kuldeep 4-14, Mustafizur 3-18) by four wickets
Rovman Powell hit 33 off 16 balls to ensure the Delhi Capitals sealed a four-wicket victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.
A knock of 42 from David Warner had helped to set the table for Powell, with the Capitals condemning the Knight Riders to their fifth straight loss in the Indian Premier League.
Kolkata mostly struggled with the bat themselves, with captain Shreyas Iyer the only man to show any resistance in the early stages with 42, while Nitish Rana added a much-needed 57 later on.
Apart from Rinku Singh’s 23, no other Knight Rider managed double figures, and they were only able to reach 146-9 from their 20 overs.
Prithvi Shaw was out the first ball for Delhi in reply, caught and bowled by Umesh Yadav (3-24), but Warner was able to guide his team through the early overs to build a base for the chase.
The Capitals did enter panic mode slightly as they went from 82-2 to 84-5, with skipper Rishabh Pant out for just two.
However, Powell and Axar Patel (24) calmed things down, with Powell the aggressor with one four and three sixes as he saw his team home with an over the spare.
Batting woes for Knight Riders
If you bat first in T20 cricket, you better set a big total, even if just to put an element of doubt in the chasing team’s minds.
It’s not that 146 is a poor total, but that almost all the runs came from just three batsmen was the real issue for Kolkata.
Six others came and went without making more than six runs, with Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Tim Southee all falling for ducks.
Tight bowling the difference
It would be harsh to dismiss those batting failures without crediting the bowling that caused them. Delhi’s attack was fierce at the Wankhede Stadium.
Mustafizur Rahman (3-18) and Kuldeep Yadav (4-14) were particularly impressive, with the former bowling 14 dot balls in his four-over spell. (SportsMax)