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Great Mostafiz, great win Delhi


Mostafizur Rahman has given over 40 runs in the last two matches. It was a little stressful. However, the Bangladeshi fast bowler brought out his best bowling against Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium. Mostafiz took 3 wickets with only 1 run in the last over, gave only 16 runs in 4 overs. With Mostafiz, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakaria's superb bowling kept Kolkata at 146 for Delhi. They were under pressure to chase that run, but in the end they won by 4 wickets with 6 balls left.

After losing the toss at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Kolkata came under pressure from the start. After losing to Aaron Finch in the second over, they lost 4 wickets for 35 runs in the eighth over. In the first 11 overs, they had only three boundaries in their innings, all three of which were four. Left-arm un-orthodox spinner Kuldeep Yadav was great in the middle overs. In the end he took 4 wickets for only 14 runs.

The first attempt to save Kolkata was made by Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana for the fifth wicket, so that they made 46 off 34 balls. Shreyas returned with 42 runs off 36 balls. After 3 balls of that over, Andre Russell also fell victim to Kuldeep Yadav without any run and the pressure of Kolkata increased a little more. They were then pulled by Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh, who put on 72 off 35 balls.

Kolkata made 55 runs in 4 overs from 16 to 19. After overcoming the pressure of the beginning, Mostafiz grabbed Kolkata which was on the way to a very good collection. Left-arm pacer who gave 7 runs in the first 2 overs gave 10 runs in the 18th over. However, he showed surprise in the last over. Rinku Singh, who made 23 off 16 balls in the 20th over, returned two balls in a row to Nitish Rana and Tim Southee, who made 56 off 34 balls. He stood in front of the hat trick with the last ball. Harshit Rana could not take a run even after stopping the hat trick, In the over with a leg bye and only 2 runs came.

3 wickets for 18 runs, this is the best bowling of Mostafiz in IPL this season. This is his second-best bowling performance in the tournament, taking 3 for 16 against Mumbai in 2016, when he was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After that over of Mostafiz, however, chasing 146 runs, Delhi could not get excited at the beginning. In the first ball of the innings, Prithvi Shaw became the great catch of Umesh Yadav. Mitchell Marsh, who scored 13 runs in two overs, also returned in the next over, losing 2 wickets for 16 runs. David Warner and Lalit Yadav's 75 off 49 balls for the third wicket eased the pressure a lot. At that time, Delhi was on the path of easy victory.

The picture changed after taking 3 wickets in 11 balls. After David Warner (42 off 26 balls), captain Rishabh Pant (2 off 5 balls) fell victim to Lalit Yadav, while Sunil Narine (22 off 29 balls) was lbw by Sunil Narine. The last 36 balls then needed 46 runs. Akshar Patel's four-six start in the 15th over by Russell over was great, but when Akshar was run out in the last over, Delhi fell behind again. Akshar made 24 runs from 17 balls. Delhi did not have any problem with the return of the Akshar, then Rovman Powell passed them. He played an unbeaten innings of 33 off 16 balls. Delhi won by 4 wickets with 1 over left.

In this victory, Delhi came to the top of the table with 6 points in 6 matches. On the other hand, Kolkata lost played 5 matches in a row.

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