The 10th game of IPL 2019 between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders proved to be the most thrilling game of the season so far. Both teams were tied at 185 after their respective 20 overs. The game went into the super over where Kagiso Rabada brought DC home with a masterful over.
The hosts managed to score 10 runs batting first in their over. KKR had the beast, Andre Russell, walking out to bat alongside skipper Dinesh Karthik. These two were in great touch as Russell had scored 62 from 28 while Karthik made 50 from 36 that helped KKR get to a big total.
To restrict them under 10 runs needed a special effort. The DC captain Shreyas Iyer trusted Kagiso Rabada with the crucial over. The South African pacer was flicked for a boundary off the first ball. But then, he delivered a yorker on leg stump and didn’t allow any run. The third ball of the over was a brutal yorker on the middle stump that uprooted the pole of Russell.
He kept his nerves and delivered 3 more yorkers that allowed just 3 more runs from the over. KKR fell short by 3 runs as Rabada stood out as the hero. After the match, the pacer revealed that he was going to stick to the plan of going for yorkers every ball.
Here’s what Rabada said
“I was sitting in my shorts upstairs and having a chat with Shikhar Dhawan thinking this game is ours. But cricket is a funny game, I told Shikhar let’s go downstairs, let’s go support the guys. I was in my shorts, the match was tied, and then I was just hanging around waiting to see who was going to bowl. James Hopes (bowling coach) asked me to put my stuff on. I went upstairs, we still weren’t sure. Chris Morris had his clothes on, I thought it was either me, him or Sandeep (Lamichhane). They said it’s you. I said okay, got to think of something quickly,” said Kagiso Rabada after the game.
“He was on fire tonight, I thought my yorker was coming out decently in the game so that’s what got me to back it even more,” added the pacer about Andre Russell who had batted brilliantly in that game.
“It’s important to be clear and sure on what you’re doing, what you want to do. That’s what I was trying to do. On a different day, it could be totally something else. On a different day you could be positive about two things that you want to do. Today was only one, and that was yorkers. I’m glad that it came off.”
“I thought – big boundary, what do I bowl. Bouncers, slower balls… it’s risky. They’re gamble balls, I wasn’t really feeling them today. On another day I might have felt it. Today I felt yorkers, and we won,” concluded Rabada.
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