Delhi Capitals Post Competitive Total, Thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 Runs

Delhi Capitals Post Competitive Total, Thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 Runs

Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant opted to bat first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 29. DC made two changes to their lineup, bringing in Prithvi Shaw for Kumar Kushagra and right-arm pacer Rasikh Salam Dar. KKR captain Shreyas Iyer also made two alterations, introducing Australian quick Mitchell Starc and right-arm pacer Vaibhav Arora.

DC's innings got off to a shaky start as they lost opener Prithvi Shaw for a duck in the first over. However, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Abishek Porel steadied the ship with a 42-run partnership. Porel was dismissed for 22, but Fraser-McGurk continued to anchor the innings, scoring a valuable 46 off 34 deliveries.

Shai Hope and Rishabh Pant then combined for a crucial 53-run stand for the fourth wicket. Pant played a captain's knock, scoring 43 off 29 balls before being dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy. Tristan Stubbs and Axar Patel made brief contributions, but it was Kuldeep Yadav's late cameo that propelled DC to a competitive total. Yadav smashed an unbeaten 24 off 12 balls, including two sixes, to take DC to 173/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

KKR's chase began disastrously as they lost their top three batsmen - Phil Salt, Sunil Narine, and Venkatesh Iyer - for just 13 runs. Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh attempted to rebuild the innings, but their partnership was broken by Khaleel Ahmed. Andre Russell provided some late fireworks with a 25-ball 45, but it was not enough to prevent KKR from falling short by 44 runs.

Kuldeep Yadav was the star performer for DC with the ball, claiming 4/33 in his four overs. Khaleel Ahmed and Rasikh Salam Dar also chipped in with two wickets each.

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