On Sunday, Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to their second defeat in the 2022 Indian Premier League after Delhi Capitals handed them a 44-run defeat.
Shreyas Iyer of Kolkata Knight Riders. Courtesy: BCCI/PTI
- On Sunday, DC defeated KKR by 44 runs
- The Knights stayed as the table-toppers despite the heavy loss
- The Capitals kept hanging in the middle of the table
Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) skipper Shreyas Iyer said his team was taken aback by David Warner and Prithvi Shaw’s partnership during the match against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Sunday, April 10 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Shaw and Warner put on 93 for the opening wicket off 8.4 overs before Varun Chakravarthy separated the duo.
Iyer, who scored 54 off 33 balls with five fours and two sixes, reckoned DC’s onslaught from the word go pushed the Knights on the backfoot. The Knights’ captain was also of the opinion that KKR opted to bat second since they had won all three of their matches while chasing.
“They got off to a really quick start… We were a bit clueless about what to do. They built on a really good partnership at the start, and carried that till the tenth over. Looked like a good batting pitch… We made a decision, and that didn’t work out well,” Iyer was quoted as saying.
Warner and Shaw set the platform
The Capitals seized the initiative right from the outset after being sent into bat first. Shaw and Warner’s stand put the Capitals in a position of command. Both batters went on to score half-centuries and laid the platform for a massive score.
Pant, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel chipped in with scores in the 20s and helped the Capitals post 215 on the board. Chasing a colossal score, the Knights lost their openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer, early. But skipper Iyer’s kept the Knights in the hunt for a victory.
However, a flurry of wickets exerted pressure on KKR as the required rate kept climbing up quickly. Kuldeep Yadav, who joined the Capitals after a few seasons at the Knights, picked up four wickets.
The southpaw also took an incredible diving catch to get rid of Umesh Yadav. In the end, Iyer’s Men in Gold and Purple were bowled out for 171 in 19.4 overs.