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KKR vs DC, 28th Match at Delhi, IPL, Apr 20 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

28th Match (N), Delhi, April 20, 2023, Indian Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, T:128) 128/6

DC won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

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How much DC would have liked to win with five overs remaining! Though it was a pitch where the ball stopped and gripped, the hosts made it difficult for themselves by almost getting into a shell in the last five overs. Anyway, they are off the mark at last, and will hope they can carry this confidence. Until next time, it is goodnight and goodbye from Delhi for today!

Ishant Sharma is the Player of the Match for 2 for 19: "I was just waiting for my chance. That's all I was thinking. Every single day the areas [of bowling] change... we talk about the plans. There's no lucky charm in the team. We want to win every single game from here."

David Warner on their first win: "Great to get the two points. It's awesome; we are really proud of the bowling unit. We asked for wickets in the powerplay, and they did that. Again we lost wickets in a cluster. We can have those upfront conversations. We played an okay game."

Time for the presentations

Sourav Ganguly, DC'S Director of Cricket: "I was thinking it was like my first Test: happy to get off the mark! We have bowled well this season. These are good pitches and fast outfields, but the problem is the batting. We need to go back and look at ourselves as to how we can do better. Nortje has been outstanding. Good to see Ishant and Mukesh. I wouldn't say it is an inexperienced line-up... Many of them have been around for a long time. They also know it's time to put up a better batting performance."

Nitish Rana reflects on the close loss: "We were 15-20 runs short, and we knew the wicket wasn't easy. I should have batted longer, and at that time, my wicket was crucial. Credit to the bowlers, if they can even fight with this total. The plan was just to delay [their win]. Credit to DC too for their batting in the powerplay. We need to play well as a team... I'm sure we are playing well if we can fight even with such a low score."

Rahul: "Missed stumpings and fielding errors cannot happen when defending a low total..."

12.20am They get the points, but DC will ask themselves why and how they took it that far. At one stage, they needed 24 to win from 30 balls, with six wickets in hand; that went down to seven required from the last over. The KKR spinners turned the screw - even Nitish Rana and Anukul Roy contributed - but missed stumpings and fumbles in the field cost them in the end. Anyway, apart from the two points, Warner returning to his attacking best will encourage DC. Remember, they are still well and truly in the race. Stick around for the presentations.

Khejroliya to Axar Patel, 2 runs

full toss on off, and lofted between long-on and deep midwicket. Axar looks relieved, as DC win their first match in six attempts

Free hit at the best possible moment

Khejroliya to Axar Patel, (no ball) 2 runs

another yorker, as it angles into leg. Flicked to deep square, and they pick two again. And to add to DC's aid, it is a no-ball

Khejroliya to Axar Patel, 2 runs

Narine at short fine can't collect on the bounce, and that allows an extra run. He rushes across to his left, and stops a potential four though. Then he throws the ball at the keeper's end, with Axar diving back and making it safely. Before that, it was a yorker bang on middle, which Axar jammed at

Who bowls the last over? Umesh has the experience, but Rana chooses Khejroliya...

7 off 6

end of over 195 runs
DC: 121/6CRR: 6.36 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 runs from 6b
Axar Patel13 (19b 1x4)
Lalit Yadav4 (7b)
Nitish Rana 4-0-17-2
Varun Chakravarthy 4-1-16-2
Rana to Axar Patel, 1 run

very full on off, and drilled to long-on

Rana to Axar Patel, no run

another stumping chance missed by Litton?! Looked like it, since he clipped the bails only after collecting the ball on the second attempt. Yorker length outside off, as Axar jumped down and tried to slash but missed. He was wayyy outside the crease, only for Litton to fumble. And it was only when Axar dragged his bat in did Litton act

Rana to Lalit Yadav, 1 run

charges down, and nudges this short ball heading down leg to long-on

Rana doesn't bowl after getting into his stride... Mind games...

Rana to Axar Patel, 1 run

almost rolled on to the stumps! Full and slow outside off, as he got a bottom edge towards square leg while trying to slog sweep

Rana to Lalit Yadav, 1 run

short on middle, and pushed aerially to long-on. Not sure why Rana went short there, after getting some turn and grip earlier in the day

Zayan: "Nerves…"

Rana to Axar Patel, 1 run

full on off, and he hoicks across the line to deep square leg, and again off the inside half of the bat

12 needed from 12 balls

end of over 183 runs
DC: 116/6CRR: 6.44 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 runs from 12b
Axar Patel10 (15b 1x4)
Lalit Yadav2 (5b)
Varun Chakravarthy 4-1-16-2
Nitish Rana 3-0-12-2
Varun to Axar Patel, 1 run

short outside off, and punched along the ground to long-off

From around now

Varun to Axar Patel, no run

appeal from the Litton for a potential leg-before decision as well as caught, since the slip fielder dived forward to take the ball. Rana reviews again, after it's given not out. There is not involved, as Axar tries to clip this good length ball, and guess what, it pitches outside leg. So all the excitement goes to hell

Varun to Axar Patel, no run

looks for the big slog, but is beaten. Full and tossed up outside off, and he slogged across the line

Manthan Jain: "If Narine hadn't bowled those poor short ones, this might have been a lot more interesting..."

Varun to Lalit Yadav, 1 run

turns away off a shortish length, and ends on off. Punched to long-on

Varun to Lalit Yadav, no run

Litton misses an easy stumping! Lalit was way down the pitch, but Litton couldn't even collect it. Length ball wide-ish of off, and Lalit pushed but missed

Varun to Axar Patel, 1 leg bye

beats his outside edge! But hang on, Rana has reviewed for a potential leg-before wicket. From the back of the hand on a good length on off, and replays show there is no outside edge as Axar tried to block forward. His bat ended around middle stump, as the ball passed the outside edge. So the ball hit him on the back thigh, and replays show the ball would have zoomed way over the stumps. So it's not out. Meanwhile, they ran a leg bye, as the ball dribbled towards short third

Varun has an over left, and he will finish off. Anyone for more drama?

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 113/6CRR: 6.64 RRR: 5.00 • Need 15 runs from 18b
Lalit Yadav1 (3b)
Axar Patel9 (11b 1x4)
Nitish Rana 3-0-12-2
Anukul Roy 4-0-19-2
Rana to Lalit Yadav, no run

full on off, and pushed back, as Rana fields the ball to his right

Rana to Axar Patel, 1 run

good length ball angling across to end on off. Pulled to deep midwicket

Rana to Lalit Yadav, 1 run

just over midwicket! Ah, that looked close. Full ball heading into leg, and chipped forward by Lalit. Khejroliya at midwicket stuck his left hand up, but it didn't come

Rana to Lalit Yadav, no run

fullish ball on off, and he goes low to tap at that


Rana to Aman Hakim Khan, OUT

gone, great delivery! The ball straightened after pitching on a length on off stump. Rana flicked that ball from the front of the hand, with Aman pushing forward at it from middle stump. Perhaps he thought it would turn in, which it didn't. Still some hope for KKR?

Aman Hakim Khan b Rana 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 0

DDN: "Sigh. I hope there isn't another twist here."

Rana to Axar Patel, 1 run

short just outside off. Cut away to deep point

Rana back

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DC won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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