Varun Chakravarthy. (Source: BCCI)

After losing their last match miserably to RCB, Kolkata Knight Riders made a strong comeback into the tournament with a resounding win over Delhi Capitals in the 42 nd match of IPL 2020 played at Sheikh Zayed International Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to field first. Tushar Deshpande bowled the first over giving away 2 boundaries. Anrich Nortje making a comeback into the playing XI got the breakthrough dismissing Shubman Gill with an easy catch to Axar Patel at backward point.

Nitish Rana asked to open the innings played some lovely shots. Anrich Nortje struck again for Delhi Capitals dismissing Rahul Tripathi with a good delivery. Tripathi looked decent enough with aggressive strokes against Kagiso Rabada. Rabada was bought into the attack and dismissed Dinesh Karthik to leave KKR in trouble at 42 for 3.

Sunil Narine coming at number 5 took on Delhi Capitals bowlers along with Nitish Rana. At the end of the first timeout, KKR scored 57 for 3. After the timeout, Iyer captaincy was not up to the mark as he gave Tushar Deshpande, R Ashwin and Marcus Stoinis. Narine and Rana took advantage with big hits to put enough pressure on DC bowlers. Rana completed his fifty off 35 balls while Narine raced to his half-century off 24 balls.

Axar Patel missed a golden chance to run-out Narine but Nortje was not there to back-up. Both batsmen smashed DC bowlers to all parts of the ground. At the end of the second timeout, KKR made 151 for 3.

Kagiso Rabada struck for Delhi Capitals as he dismissed Narine. Narine and Rana added 115 runs for the 4 th wicket. Eoin Morgan joined in the party to put on 47 runs in quick time with Rana. Marcus Stoinis dismissed Rana and Morgan off last two balls. Kolkata Knight Riders posted a competitive total of 194 for 6 in 20 overs.

Chasing 195 runs to win, it was not an ideal start for Delhi as Pat Cummins produced a good delivery to dismiss Ajiyanka Rahane off the very first ball. Cummins struck again to get rid of in-form Shikhar Dhawan leaving Delhi Capitals in trouble. Shreyas Iyer looked in decent touch but Pant struggled to time the ball. At the end of the first six overs, Delhi Capitals made 36 for 2.

Sunil Narine was bought into the attack and did a decent job for KKR. Pant was not able to time the ball. Delhi Capitals scored 58 for 2. After the timeout, Pant and Iyer played lovely shots as asking run rate was climbing. Varun Chakravarthy got the breakthrough dismissing Pant top edging taken by Shubman Gill at deep square leg.

Pant and Iyer added 63 runs for the 3 rd wicket. It was a superb bowling effort by Chakravarthy who kept on picking wickets at regular intervals and put enough pressure on Delhi Capitals. At the end of the second timeout, Delhi Capitals made 110 for 6.

After the timeout, it was one-way traffic as Delhi Capitals batsmen struggled. Kolkata Knight Riders restricted DC to 135 for 9 and helped them to win the match by 59 runs.

With this win, Kolkata Knight Riders move up to 12 points and are currently number 4 th in the points table while Delhi Capitals net run rate has taken serious hit.

Kolkata Knight Riders 194 for 6 in 20 overs ( Nitish Rana 81, Sunil Narine 64, Nortje 2/27, Rabada 2/33) beat Delhi Capitals 135 for 9 in 20 overs ( Iyer 47, Pant 27, Varun Chakravarthy 5/20, Pat Cummins 3/17) by 59 runs.