It's Narine vs Bravo as KKR set up final with CSKThursday, October 14, 2021
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Sunil Narine and, perhaps, Andre Russell will come face to face with fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tomorrow in Dubai.
Narine took 0-27 from his four overs and was dismissed for a first-ball duck, and the injured Russell was again a non-starter for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) when they beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets in the second qualifier yesterday.
Venkatesh Iyer, however, struck a fluent half-century and helped KKR overcome a late wobble to land the knockout punch on the Capitals, last season's runners-up, and the chart-topper after the preliminary stage of this season.
KKR will take on Chennai Super Kings in the title bout on Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Set 136 for victory, KKR appeared to be cruising to victory courtesy 55 from and 46 from fellow opener Shubman Gill.
Iyer got a lucky break when South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada failed to hold onto a sharp return chance in the fifth over and hit four fours and three sixes in his third 50 in this season's IPL.
Capitals, whose line-up included West Indies left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer, continued to put in a fight and scalped three wickets, conceding only three runs, and KKR slumped from 123 for one to 126 for four at the end of the 18th over.
South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje then removed KKR and England white-ball Captain Eoin Morgan in the penultimate over, as the Capitals pushed their opponents to score seven in the final over.
Ravichandran Ashwin then scalped the wickets of mercurial left-handed Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Narine inside the first four balls of the last over.
This left the equation of six runs needed to get from the last two balls and Rahul Tripathi creamed a straight six off Ashwin to seal the win for KKR with a ball to spare.
Earlier, Delhi struggled for momentum after being put into bat on a slow pitch, losing regular wickets following a brisk opening stand from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.
Dhawan led the way with 36 and Shreyas Iyer added 30, but the KKR bowlers used the typically slow nature of the pitch to keep the scoring in check, as the Capitals laboured to a modest 135 for five.
But Delhi lost their second match in a row in the play-offs to miss out on a finals berth.