Ashwin On Last Over: A poor ball from star off-spinner R Ashwin kept Delhi Capitals away from winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. In Qualifier-2 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rahul Tripathi hit a six off Ashwin to give his team a thrilling victory. Ashwin has given a statement for the first time on the drama of that last over.
35-year-old Ashwin made Delhi’s return to the match by taking the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine in the last over of the match. But Rahul Tripathi hit a six on the fifth ball of the over to take KKR to the final. Ashwin said on his YouTube channel, ‘I thought Rahul Tripathi would go ahead, that’s why I bowled a good length ball outside the off-stump. But Rahul remained at the crease and hit a six over long off.
Because of this Ashwin bowled short ball
Ashwin said that I did not think much on the first four balls and it worked. On the fifth ball I thought we had won. Then I thought about the small boundary. I thought Rahul would move on. That’s why I bowled the short ball. He had not even hit a four on any of my balls before. Unfortunately it came at the wrong time.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 13, 2021
In that match played in Sharjah, Delhi gave Kolkata a target of 136 runs in 20 overs. KKR was heading towards victory easily losing 1 wicket for 123 runs at one time. However, he lost the next 6 wickets for seven runs and his score became 130-7. While batting well under pressure, Rahul Tripathi took his team close to winning the title by hitting a six.
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