Eoin Morgan: The English captain did exceptionally well alongside Rahul Tripathi to reduce the deficit for Kolkata Knight Riders.
During the 16th match of the ongoing 13th season of the Indian Premier League between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah, Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in a nerve-wrenching high-scoring thriller.
It was Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik who had won the toss and chose to field. On the back of captain Shreyas Iyer scoring a phenomenal 88 (38) with the help of seven fours and six sixes, Capitals scored a mammoth 228/4 in 20 overs.
Chasing a 229-run target, KKR were trailing for most part of their chase. Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the second over, it was Nitish Rana whose 58 (35) including four fours and sixes each gave some momentum to KKR’s innings.
However, all-rounder Andre Russell (13), Rana and Karthik (6) getting out in quick succession spoke of the otherwise. A freak 30-ball 78-run partnership between Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi gave hints of Kolkata staging a marvelous comeback until Delhi pacer Anrich Nortje dismissed Morgan in the penultimate over.
While Morgan departed after scoring 44 (18) with the help of one four and five sixes, Tripathi impressed one and all with his 36 (16) inclusive of three fours and three sixes each.
With bowling figures of 4-0-33-3, Nortje was the pick of the bowlers for Capitals. Harshal Patel, who replaced Ishant Sharma tonight, did exceedingly well to register figures of 4-0-34-2.
Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi partnership
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 3, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 3, 2020
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 3, 2020
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 3, 2020
Good knocks by @NitishRana_27, @Eoin16 & Rahul Tripathi to back themselves and make this huge chase so interesting. @AnrichNortje02 bowled well upfront & @HarshalPatel23 was a good surprise package.#DCvKKR #IPL2020
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 3, 2020
I thought it was going to be easy for Kolkata in #KKRvsDC game the way Morgan was hitting. DC once again showing they have a very balanced team this time and can handle pressure well.#DCvsKKR #IPL2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 3, 2020
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) October 3, 2020
Cottrell goes for 5 sixes, Rabada for 4 sixes or something Cummins for 3 sixes this has to be addressed. Not the best for the sport. It is a contest between bat and ball. Let’s do something to ensure that stays. This is getting a tad too much.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 3, 2020
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