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Cricket news - Shaw sparkles with 99 but Delhi take Super Over route to win

Delhi Capitals celebrate after Rabada helped them win in the Super Over

Prithvi Shaw scored a 55-ball 99 but a Kuldeep Yadav-inspired Kolkata Knight Riders forced their opponents into first-blink Super Over contest, one that saw Kagiso Rabada stud his reputation as the world's best bowler with a stellar bowling performance in defence of 10 runs.

After conceding a boundary of the first ball to the in-form Andre Russell, Rabada returned with two yorkers, the second of which was delivered at 147.3 kph and knocked Russell's middle pole out. Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik could manage only three singles thereafter as Delhi capped off a memorable win at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Should the game have gone to the Super Over?

Cricketing logic would suggest, no. Delhi Capitals had no business taking this game even to the last over, but they allowed KKR a sniff and Kuldeep barged the door open with two barnstorming overs at the death. He dismissed Rishabh Pant and conceded just 3 runs off the 18th over. But even then, the penultimate over of the regular game began with young Prithvi Shaw batting on 98 and DC needing 15 to win off 12.

After two singles, Shaw top-edged a pull off Lockie Ferguson and was dismissed one-short of a deserved hundred. Ferguson though conceded a boundary and left Kuldeep to defend 6 off the final over. With an injured Chris Morris unavailable to bat, Colin Ingram and Hanuma Vihari found themselves out of depth against the spinning ball and the pressure of the chase. The equation reduced to 2 off 2 when Vihari attempted a glory hit off a fast-ish delivery and holed out at deep mid-wicket.

Colin Ingram could hit only one off the final over and was caught well short of his crease while running the second by an accurate throw from deep square-leg. After conceding 33 from his first 2 overs, Kuldeep gave away just 8 bowling two overs at the death.

Delhi were shocked and it showed in their batting as the trio of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Shaw could manage just 10 in the Super Over bowled by Prasidh Krishna. But thankfully, on this day, they had a Rabada trick up their sleeve.

How did the teams shape up?

Well Delhi made wholesale changes to their playing XI and made a u-turn on their reading of the pitch. This was now a chasing track in Iyer's eyes. Chris Morris came back, as did Sandeep Lamichhane. There were also call-ups for Vihari and Harshal Patel with Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia and Ishant Sharma making way. Usually changes as many as these hint at instability but Delhi believed, and were slightly vindicated, that they had achieved better team balance.

In contrast, KKR had only one injury enforced change with Maharasthra batsman Nikhil Naik replacing an injured Sunil Narine.

Where did it go wrong for KKR?

With the bat, right at the top. That Naik for Narine swap didn't work. Not only did it rob KKR off an important bowling option on a pitch aiding turn, Naik's failure to come to grips with his opening role set the visitors off on a wrong note. Iyer threw the spin of Lamichhane at him and the 24-year-old struggled to break the shackles. He made 7 off 16 and while departing in the fourth over (LBW to the Nepal spinner), took with him the only DRS review. Uthappa (11 off 6), Nitish Rana (1 off 2), Shubman Gill (4 off 5) and Chris Lynn (20 off 18) fell in rapid succession to leave the visitors tottering at 61 for 5.

How did they get to 185 then?

Andre Russel and Dinesh Karthik. The duo slammed half-centuries each and shared a blistering 95-run stand for the sixth wicket. Their combined assault allowed KKR to add 121 runs in the second half of their innings.

A lot of Delhi's preparation for the KKR challenge understandably centred around taming Russell. Getting him pumped up by hurling a beamer was surely not on the memo, but Harshal Patel's indiscretion had just the undesired effect. Russell, who received pain killers and a quick massage from physio Andrew Leipus for the blow on the shoulder, brought the apocalypse on DC's bowlers. Off the next 16 balls he faced, he hit three sixes and four fours and finished his knock with 62 off 28, taking his series average to 79.5 and strike-rate to 248.44.

The ultimate validation of Russell's impact came via a shrug off the shoulders by Chris Morris, a concession of defeat in his battle of upmanship after his wide yorker from round the wicket was squeezed past the off-side ring for four.

Russell may have won battling through pain but could have also worsened his injury as evidenced by his ginger movements on the field in the second innings.

The Shaw show

The Delhi opener made a similar start in the game against CSK when he hit five fours but soon threw away the start. Today, he cut out the harakiri from his game. He was severe on both pace and spin and did not lose a beat in his innings as the chase progressed. His first 50 came off 30 balls and got the next 49 off 25 balls. He received excellent company from captain Iyer, who used his proficiency against spin to score 43 off 32 and added 89 with Shaw. If there was any indictment of the youngster's knock, it was that his dismissal allowed the opposition a way back into the game. Given his relative inexperience on such a big stage, the game would only serve to iron out the deficiencies from an already polished game.

Where do the teams go from here?

The Knight Riders have a four-day break they play a sequence of three away games in a span of four days starting with the April 5 clash against RCB. Delhi have less than 48 hours before they travel north to Mohali for a clash against neighbours Kings XI Punjab.

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