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Kolkata’s diamond in the rough

Sharjah: Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Delhi Capitals by three wickets in a match that required victory to activate play-off hopes. Kolkata’s diamond weapon was Sunil Narine’s all-rounder in a low-scoring match. Narine led Kolkata to victory as they were on the verge of defeat. KKR’s victory was full of bowlers first and then batsmen. Loki Ferguson and Sunil Narine, who took two wickets apiece, smashed KKR’s lead. Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakraborty bowled brilliantly in the middle overs of the KKR innings. Shubhman Gill (30) and Nitish Rana (36) were the mainstays of the team. Read Also: In the second match in a row, Delhi lost the match. Only Steve Smith (39), Shikhar Dhawan (24) and Rishabh Pant (39) made their debut in the UAE edition. Unusually, the inaccuracy in the bowling confirmed the defeat. Kagiso Rabada and Lalit Yadav conceded more runs. Captain Rishabh’s failure to use the ball properly led to a setback. With the arrival of the game in the UAE, Sunil Narine, who has returned to his bowling form, is becoming an integral part of Kolkata. The Minnie bowler led the team from the brink of defeat. In the 16th over, Narine hit two sixes and a four in the 16th over to give Kolkata the lead. This over changed the course of the game. Smith’s replacement of out-of-form Prithviraj Shah has benefited Delhi. At the same time, the batting collapse in the middle order was not resolved. Also, Lalit Yadav, who replaced Marcus Stones, is a headache. Delhi, one of the best teams in the tournament, will be in the finals if they do not correct their mistakes.