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.
“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.
Tripathi also said that the positive approach given by coaches and skipper Eoin Morgan is the reason for the team’s success.
“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.
KKR has hosted the successful final matchup against the Chennai Super Kings, which will take place in Dubai on Friday.
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