Recent Match Report – KKR vs Capitals 41st Match 2022

Recent Match Report - KKR vs Capitals 41st Match 2022

Delhi Capitals 150 for 6 (Warner 42, Powell 33*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 9 (Rana 57, Shreyas 42, Kuldeep 4-14, Mustafizur 3-18) by four wickets

Part of Kolkata Knight Riders, Kuldeep Yadav didn’t get a single game last IPL. The reason perhaps is that in the two preceding IPLs, he picked just five wickets in 45 overs. In seven overs this year against the franchise that let him go, Kuldeep has taken eight wickets, consigning them to their second defeat against Delhi Capitals. However, it could still be argued that he is still looking for a captain who makes optimum use of him: he bowled just the three overs despite taking four wickets because two left-hand batters were at the wicket.

The part-time offspinner used instead gave Nitish Rana the launching pad for a 30-ball fifty that took Knight Riders to 146 but it proved inadequate against a power-filled Capitals batting line-up. David Warner led the response with a 26-ball 42 but they kept losing wickets as they looked to dominate the chase. Rovman Powell and Axar Patel, though, saw them home in the end with one over to spare.

Early swing

Both Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya – in for the injured Khaleel Ahmed – swung the new ball, not letting Knight Riders find any momentum. Venkatesh Iyer, back at the top of the order, continued to struggle. The other new opener, Aaron Finch, tried to dominate Sakariya, but the inswing flattened his wicket. When Venkatesh finally connected a paddle sweep, he found the man at short fine leg. Knight Riders 22 for 2 in 4.3 overs.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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