IPL 2021: “I never thought the game would go this far,” says Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rahul Tripathi after victory over Delhi Capitals

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IPL 2021: KKR’s Rahul Tripathi finished the match with a six from R Ashwin in the final.© Instagram

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hitter Rahul Tripathi said he never thought the game would go this far in qualifying 2 of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Needing 136 points to win, KKR got off to a good start, courtesy of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. The duo took advantage of every scoring opportunity and took KKR to 51/0 in the first six overs. But they lost the plot in the finals and it took six from Tripathi to Ashwin in the final to take KKR over the line.

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“It’s great. The win for the team was very important. We had a tough overs or two and I never thought it would go so deep. Glad to have won the game. Rabada did very well. the 18th, but I knew I just had to hook one up, ”the 30-year-old hitter said in a post-game presentation.

“The plan was to take a two if there was a possibility. If it was two we would run, if not it was going to be me. It was hard to get singles and limits for the new batsmen right away. . It stayed low and it was difficult to touch, ”he added.

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Tripathi also said that the positive approach given by coaches and skipper Eoin Morgan is the reason for the team’s success.

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“I believed in myself and knew it was just a sure hit. It was a great journey for us after the first phase. We believed in ourselves and the approach given by Eoin and the coach helped us, ”Tripathi said.

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KKR has hosted the successful final matchup against the Chennai Super Kings, which will take place in Dubai on Friday.

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