IPL 2021: KKR’s Rahul Tripathi ends the match with a six off R Ashwin in the last over.© Instagram
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Rahul Tripathi said that he never thought that the game would go so deep in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. KKR needed 136 runs to win, courtesy of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. The duo took advantage of all scoring opportunities and took KKR to 51/0 in the first six overs. But they lost the plot in the closing stages and Ashwin’s six off Tripathi in the final over took KKR over the line.
“It feels great. The win was very important for the team. We had one or two tough overs and I never thought it would be so deep. Glad we won the game. Rabada’s 18th over was really good Thrown well, but I knew I just had to add one,” the 30-year-old batsman said in a post-match presentation.
“If there was any possibility the plan was to take two. If it was two, we were running, otherwise, it was going to be me. It was difficult for the new batsmen to get straight singles and boundaries. It was keeping low and It was difficult to hit,” he said.
Tripathi also said that the positive attitude given by the coaches and captain Eoin Morgan is the reason behind the team’s success.
Tripathi said, “I believed in myself and knew it was just one hit away. It has been a wonderful journey for us after the first leg. We believed in ourselves and the approach given by Eoin and the coach helped us. Of.”
KKR have set up a blockbuster final showdown against Chennai Super Kings, which will take place in Dubai on Friday.
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