The Delhi Capitals team looking for their first title was defeated by two-time champions Team Kolkata Knight Riders by 59 runs. Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer was disappointed by the defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and admitted that the opposition team beat him in almost every department.
Iyer said after the match, ‘If we see at the beginning of the match, then we should have put a lot of pressure on them and their wickets should have come. We should have implemented our plan better. ‘ Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made a mammoth score of 194 for 6 with the help of half-centuries from Nitish Rana (81 runs) and Sunil Narine (64) after being invited to bat.
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A 115-run partnership for the fourth wicket was also formed between Rana and Naren. The Delhi team, chasing a target of 195 runs, could only manage 135 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. KKR spinner Varun Chakraborty took 5 wickets.
Iyer referred to the batting of Naren, who smashed 64 off 32 balls with six fours and four sixes. He said, ‘The way KKR batted, especially Sunil Narine, he beat our bowlers. He was very good in shot selection. They beat us in every department. Salute to his playing attitude and thinking. ‘
The young Delhi captain said, “When you chase a target of 190 runs, you need a great start. Losing two wickets in the powerplay puts a lot of pressure on other batsmen. We need to play free, we should not play thinking of staying in the tournament. Certainly we are disappointed in this defeat but I am happy that it is happening right now. We learned a lot from this match.