IPL 2021: KKR’s Rahul Tripathi ended the match with a six off R Ashwin within the closing over.© Instagram
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter Rahul Tripathi mentioned he by no means thought the sport would go so deep in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Needing 136 runs to win, KKR had been off to a brisk begin, courtesy Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. The duo cashed in on all of the scoring alternatives and took KKR to 51/0 within the first six overs. However they misplaced the plot within the closing phases and it took Tripathi’s six off Ashwin within the closing over to take KKR over the road.
“It feels great. The win for the team was very important. We had one or two tough overs and I never thought it would go so deep. Glad we won the game. Rabada bowled the 18th over really well, but I knew that I had to just connect one,” mentioned the 30-year-old batter in a post-match presentation.
“The plan was to take a two if there was a possibility. If it was two, we were running, otherwise, it was going to be me. It was difficult to straightaway get singles and boundaries for the new batsmen. It was keeping low and it was difficult to hit,” he added.
Tripathi additionally mentioned the constructive method given by the coaches and the skipper Eoin Morgan is the rationale for the group’s success.
“I believed in myself and knew it was just one hit away. It has been a great journey for us after the first phase. We believed in ourselves and the approach given by Eoin and the coach helped us,” mentioned Tripathi.
KKR has arrange the blockbuster closing showdown towards Chennai Tremendous Kings, which can happen in Dubai on Friday.
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