KKR beats Delhi in a low-scoring match

Lusty hitting late in the innings by spinner Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana helped Kolkata Knight Riders overcome Delhi Capitals by three wickets in a low-scoring encounter in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 here on Tuesday.

After restricting Delhi Capitals to 127/9 in 20 overs thanks to some disciplined bowling after electing to field, Kolkata Knight Riders looked in trouble as Dinesh Karthik was out with score on 96/5. But Sunil Narine tonked Kagiso Rabada for 21 off the inning's 16th over and though the Knights lost another wicket, they managed to reach 130/7 with 10 balls remaining.

Rana remained unbeaten on 36.KKR thus moved to 10 points from 11 matches and maintained their chances of reaching the knockout stage. Sunil Narine, Player of the Match, said, ' Watching a few games, there's a little for the spin even though it's a big ground.

It's just about not getting too full and with slight variations, try to be on top of the batters as much as possible as you can. I have been through a lot. I have to give thanks to my bowling coach, he has been doing a fantastic job with me. All credit needs to go to him.

And KKR for putting in the effort to always have him around. That's a plus plus and that's probably the key for my comeback. It's taken a while but I am feeling much more confident. Hopefully I can continue in games to come. It is a bit challenging, batting in the middle-order.

Any situation that I am given, I just like to make the best use of it and hopefully it can come out more often. It is pleasing to see hard work finally paying off after a long time. I think we are playing some good cricket, we have little niggles now, we have some thinking to do. But saying that, we are playing good cricket and we have good guys to come in and I think we are in a good spirit at the moment.'