Rahul Tripathi Leads Kolkata Knight Riders To The Finals

Rahul Tripathi is known for hitting six sixes off an over on two occasions in local cricket and he needed to hit just one to take Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) into their third IPL final. Tripathi comes from a cricketing background his father had played for Uttar Pradesh at the Junior and University level.

 

IPL 2021; KKR vs DC, Qualifier 2: Needing 136 runs to win from 120 balls, Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill got their side off to a blistering start. They stitched an unbeaten half-century opening stand to take KKR to 51/0 by the end of the Powerplay. The duo continued in the same vein, taking KKR to 76/0 in 10 overs. Venkatesh Iyer went on to register his third IPL 50 before being dismissed on 55 by Kagiso Rabada. Gill was dismissed on 44 but KKR looked well on course for the win. However, a late twist followed; Kolkata lost 6 wickets for 7 runs as DC took the match into the final over. Eventually, Tripathi smashed a six off Ashwin to take KKR to the final with 2 wickets and 1 ball to spare. They will meet CSK in the summit clash on October 15 in Dubai. Earlier in the day, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a good start as they restricted Delhi Capitals to just 38/1 after the first 6 overs. Varun Chakravarthy dismissed Prithvi Shaw on 18 by trapping him LBW. Then Marcus Stoinis (18) and Shikhar Dhawan (36) put on 39 runs for the second stand before they were dismissed by Shivam Mavi and Chakravarthy, respectively. DC then reached 92/4 as Rishabh Pant (4) was sent packing by Lockie Ferguson. Varun would have had his third had it not been for a no-ball saving Shimron Hetmyer. Shubman Gill took a brilliant diving catch but it was in vain. Eventually, a late blitz from Shreyas Iyer en route to his unbeaten 30 off 27 balls, took Delhi to 135/5 in 20 overs.

Kolkata Knight Riders edged Delhi Capitals in a last-over thriller in IPL  and eventually won by 3 wickets, with 1 ball to spare, to make the Indian Premier League 14 final. They will meet CSK in the final in Dubai on October 15.