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Delhi Capitals (DC) were left crestfallen after a heartbreaking defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Wednesday. After staring at defeat for most of KKR's innings, DC came back in the death overs of the game with some disciplined bowling to put KKR on the back foot. The Eoin Morgan-led side, chasing 136, needed 13 runs from the last four overs but a mini-collapse saw KKR needing six runs from the last two balls.

With Ravichandran Ashwin taking back-to-back wickets and on a hat-trick in the penultimate delivery of the game, it seemed like DC would pull off a memorable comeback. However, KKR's Rahul Tripathi had other plans and he hit a six off Ashwin to hand KKR victory and a spot in the final.

While the KKR camp celebrated the victory, the manner of DC's defeat left their players devastated. DC skipper Rishabh Pant and opener Prithvi Shaw were visibly upset by the loss and both were seen wiping off tears. Shaw went down to the ground in tears and was picked up and consoled by teammates as an emotional Pant watched on from the sidelines.

DC coach and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was seen offering a few words of consolation to Pant as he wrapped his arms around the 24-year-old Indian.

Watch this funny banter between Rishabh Pant and Ricky Ponting on Instagram!

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McCullum: KKR 'couldn't bear' to face the challenge of playing recuperating Russell

Andre Russell, one of the most obliterating T20 players on the planet, was considered an over the top danger to play in the IPL 2021 last because of a hamstring injury that he got right on time into the UAE leg of the competition. Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Brendon McCullum said that given the event of a last, and the injury Russell had, the group "couldn't manage" to face the challenge of playing Russell.

Knight Riders missed Russell's instability with bat and ball, as Chennai Super Kings won by 27 rushes to lift their fourth IPL prize. Super Kings confronted little difficulty from the bowlers in stacking up 192 for 3, and Knight Riders then, at that point, discovered limits hard to obtain, particularly in the second 50% of their pursuit.

"See, Andre, he clearly had a hamstring tear before on in the opposition. He endeavored to attempt to get himself accessible. There was as yet a danger there, and it was a danger that I felt in a last, we just couldn't bear to take," McCullum said at the post-match public interview.

"Such is the idea of hamstrings, you're simply never quite certain if they will be completely recuperated. It was simply a major danger. See, eventually, we chose to go for the folks who had done as such well for us to get us into the last. I'm truly glad for every one of their accomplishments. It's a disgrace we missed the mark, yet we were defeated by an excellent CSK side today."

Russell had played just three of ten games for Knight Riders in the UAE leg, with his keep going one on September 26, almost three weeks before the October 15 last. Leading the pack up to the end of the season games, boss coach David Hussey had said Russell was "pushing hard" to be fit on schedule while chief Eoin Morgan highlighted Russell's fast recuperation from wounds before.

In Russell's nonattendance, the abroad players that Knight Riders went with were Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson and Morgan. While the others had a few urgent exhibitions, Morgan's now inappropriate behavior in the India leg of the IPL, plunged further in the UAE. Generally, he made just 133 runs in 16 innings, scoring at not exactly a run a ball, with a strike pace of 95.68. In the UAE however, he had only 41 runs in nine innings, at a normal of 6.83 and a strike pace of 71.92.

Morgan's structure implied Knight Riders needed to grapple with an inquiry a few establishments have looked throughout the long term: How to manage an abroad player who's totally unwell but on the other hand is the skipper, and accordingly can't be dropped from the XI without any problem. Knight Riders decided to stay with Morgan, with McCullum saying that he had moved Morgan to come great in the later phases of the competition.

"It's a truly novel circumstance, right? He was captaining out of his skin. He's captained just as what I've at any point seen him chief, just as I've seen anybody truly skipper in a T20 contest," McCullum said of Morgan. "I thought he was driving the group forward with his captaincy. Lamentably, the runs weren't there for him, regardless of how diligently he attempted. We attempted to place him in that position where he's been so effective, in those last five overs in T20 cricket directly all through his vocation. However, lamentably, it wasn't to be.

"You know, there's numerous models throughout the long periods of folks who have battled for structure driving into defining moments who have then had the option to observe something in that circumstance to have the option to get a presentation. That was the thing I was sticking on to this evening, with both the skipper and furthermore the bad habit commander [Dinesh Karthik, who had 100 runs in eight innings in UAE ]. Yet, it wasn't to be.

Those folks, they played their hearts out, they did their closest to perfect, and they simply weren't exactly ready to get the exhibitions they would have enjoyed. Eventually, I'm still truly glad for each and every individual who became tied up with the vision that we had for the gathering, put resources into what we're attempting to accomplish, and at last, took us on this excursion which permitted us to have some extraordinary recollections, however missed the mark."

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