IPL 2019: Match 10, DC vs KKR - Who Said What

IPL 2019: Match 10, DC vs KKR – Who Said What

Shaw never deserved to be on the losing side.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

It was one hell of a game at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Nobody expected the contest to go into the super over when Prithvi Shaw was batting. But he heartbreakingly fell on 99 in the penultimate over and then Kuldeep Yadav sensationally defended six rather five runs to tie the game. And then the world saw Kagiso Rabada bowl one of the fiercest overs in the history of T20 cricket.

He ran in with all his might for all the six deliveries and defended 11 runs for his team. Andre Russell who is nowadays hitting everything in the stands was in front of the South African. But Rabada didn’t deter, not even after conceding the boundary off the first ball. The third ball was a pinpoint yorker, the best ball in probably last five years, which uprooted the middle-stump of Russell and also shattered the KKR’s confidence.

Dinesh Karthik tried to be cheeky with a scoop but then Shreyas Iyer had cleverly kept the fielder in the fine-leg as the boundary saved and Rabada’s best bowling continued as the Delhi Capitals deservedly won their second game of the season.

Three brilliant knocks in the game

Earlier, in the game, the whole of 40 overs were filled with action. The KKR first did the unthinkable to get reduced to 61/5 in the first 10 overs. Then the jam-packed crowd witnessed the Andre Russell show. His 28-ball 62 and Dinesh Karthik‘s calm half-century took the visitors to 185/8 after 20 overs.

The momentum then was with the KKR but very few would’ve anticipated Prithvi Shaw to come and blunt the ball the way he did. He put up an exhibition of sheer class in his strokes which thrilled the eyes of the die-hard cricket fans. He deserved to get to his maiden century but the fate had it the other way for him. The game went to the super over but Shaw never deserved to be on the losing side after playing that knock.

Man of the Match, Prithvi Shaw said:

I thought I missed the opportunity to finish the game for the team. Rather than scoring one run, I was looking to hit it big because I didn’t want the game to get this close. But the boys finished it off really well in the super over and I think we deserve this win.

I spoke to my support-staff, Ricky sir, Sourav sir, Praveen sir and I figured out that I was going a little too hard early. After getting two fours in an over I was looking to do silly things. So I changed my plan and looked to take my time and hit along the ground.

I think the pitch changed a bit, the bowlers’ marks opened up and Kuldeep and Piyush were getting good turn. Batting became difficult for us because their slower ones were working quite well, but we were looking to pick the singles and doubles. I have ten more matches to come and I am hoping to continue with the same intensity in the rest of them as well and give my 100-percent.

Delhi Capitals skipper, Shreyas Iyer said:

Definitely a long day at the office. We didn’t expect it to go that deep, expecting us to finish it in the last or second last over; but credit must go to Kuldeep Yadav for that over, taking that pressure and getting through. You can’t control Andre Russell when he gets going. A team needs a player like him who can swing from the first ball itself. Even his mistimes go for sixes and even the bowlers find it tough to plan against him when things don’t go to plan.

All our top-four batsmen decided that whoever gets going should take the side home, and Prithvi Shaw took that responsibility and executed it for us. He’s got a lot of talent and hopefully he can continue doing it for us and keep giving us such starts in every game.

I am really happy that all of us are taking the responsibility and contributing really well; really happy with myself as well because I told myself that I won’t let the pressure come onto me after a few dots. Kagiso is a belter of a bowler and at his pace it is tough to hit him.

I had a chat before the super over and he told me that he would go for yorkers all through, first, second, third, fourth, every ball. The first one didn’t come off well, but the way he came back takes some special skill to execute.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, Dinesh Karthik said:

 I think it was a great game, both teams fought pretty well. It went to the Super over and they came out on top. I think Prasidh has been bowling consistently for us at the death, it was a straight forward decision to make. And I think he bowled really well. He has been bowling the tough overs, so we need to back him. It was a topsy-turvy kinda game.

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