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Kolkata Knight Riders survive dramatic batting collapse to beat Delhi Capitals and reach final

by PowerUp Sports
Indian Premier League, Sharjah:
Delhi Capitals 135-5 (20 overs): Dhawan 36 (39); Chakravarthy 2-26
Kolkata Knight Riders 136-7 (19.5 overs): Iyer 55 (41), Gill 46 (46); Rabada 2-23, Ashwin 2-27
Kolkata Knight Riders win by three wickets

Rahul Tripathi hit a six off the penultimate ball as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame a mighty collapse to reach the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals.

Chasing 136, KKR needed 13 off 25 balls but lost six wickets for seven runs to fall from 123-1 to 130-7 in Sharjah.

With six needed and facing Ravichandran Ashwin’s hat-trick ball, Tripathi astonishingly cleared the rope to book KKR’s place in Friday’s final against Chennai Super Kings.

It will be KKR’s first final in seven years, having lifted the trophy in 2012 and 2014.

Delhi despair as Chakravarthy shines

After Delhi posted a well below-par 135-5, KKR looked to be in the driving seat with a strong start.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 36 off 39 balls on a seemingly tricky surface for Delhi, with leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy – who has conceded less than seven runs per over in KKR’s last nine games – impressive.

Dhawan – the third-highest run-scorer in this year’s competition – scored less than a run a ball, indicating how difficult the Delhi batters found the conditions.

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