Oct 13 (Reuters) – Venkatesh Iyer struck a fluent half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame a late wobble to achieve the Indian Premier League last with a three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals within the second qualifier in Sharjah on Wednesday.
They’ll tackle Chennai Tremendous Kings within the title conflict on Friday.
Set 136 for victory, Kolkata appeared to be easing in direction of victory due to positive knocks from openers Iyer (55) and Shubman Gill (46) earlier than 5 fast wickets pressured an exhilarating end.
With seven wanted off the final over, Ravichandran Ashwin eliminated Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine off successive deliveries however Rahul Tripathi (12 not out) hit the off-spinner over his head for six to information his facet dwelling with a ball to spare.
Delhi have been made to pay for a expensive drop within the fifth over when Kagiso Rabada grassed a caught-and-bowled likelihood off Iyer, who hit 4 fours and three sixes in his third fifty on this season’s IPL.
Earlier, Delhi struggled for momentum after being put into bat on a sluggish pitch, shedding common wickets following a brisk opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan (36) and Prithvi Shaw (18).
Varun Chakravarthy (2-26) and Lockie Ferguson (1-26) stored the scoring in examine and it took a late flourish from Shreyas Iyer (30 not out), who completed the innings off with a six, to propel Delhi to a modest 135-5.
Delhi, final season’s runners-up, had been prime of the desk after the group stage, solely to lose two matches in a row within the playoffs to overlook out on a finals berth.
Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, enhancing by Ed Osmond
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