Recent Match Report – Capitals vs KKR 19th Match 2022

Delhi Capitals 215 for 5 (Warner 61, Shaw 51, Narine 2-21) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 171 (Shreyas Iyer 54, Kuldeep 4-35, Khaleel 3-25) by 44 runs

A blazing opening stand from Prithvi Shaw and David Warner set Delhi Capitals up for a 44-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Brabourne Stadium. The two added 93 in just 8.4 overs to lay the foundation, before cameos from Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel propelled them to a daunting total of 215.

Shreyas Iyer had opted to bowl hoping for the pitch to get better in the second half. The pitch didn’t change much, though, and Knight Riders’ sedate start meant the asking rate was always on the rise. Shreyas and Nitish Rana kept them in the hunt for a while, but once they were dismissed the chase fizzled out.

Khaleel Ahmed, coming in for Anrich Nortje, picked up 3 for 25, including two at the top of the order, while Kuldeep Yadav mopped up the lower-middle order to finish with 4 for 35, including a three-wicket over.

Shaw, Warner blaze away

Shaw was imperious in Capitals’ previous game, against Lucknow Super Giants. He carried that form into this game, punching the first ball of the innings, bowled Umesh Yadav, for four. Later in the over, he clipped one behind square leg to pick up another boundary. Warner joined him by pulling Rasikh Salam to the deep-midwicket boundary.

With not much help from the surface, Umesh went short in the third over. He rushed Shaw with a bouncer but the batter managed to pull it behind square leg for four. Umesh went short once again on the next ball. Shaw attempted another pull but this time got pinged on the helmet. The ball flew to the third-man boundary for four leg-byes. After passing a concussion test, Shaw flicked the next ball for another four. Warner welcomed Pat Cummins with successive fours and Shaw finished the over with a pulled six to bring up the team’s fifty in just four overs.

Pant joins the party

Seeing his seamers going for plenty, Shreyas turned to Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine inside the powerplay. Warner didn’t let them settle and Shaw brought up his half-century off just 27 balls, before Varun castled him with a googly. But Pant continued in the same fashion – he and Warner took 24 off Varun’s next over, taking Capitals to 125 for 1 after 11 overs. Two overs later, Warner hit Andre Russell for a straight six to reach his half-century, off 35 balls. Warner and Pant added 55 in 24 balls before Pant miscued a slash off Russell and was caught at third man.

Full report to follow

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