Kagiso Rabada put on an exhibition of how to bowl yorkers as Delhi edged out Kolkata in a Super Over. @BCCI

Kagiso Rabada put on an exhibition of how to bowl yorkers as Delhi edged out Kolkata in a Super Over, denying the two-time champions a hat-trick of wins, to seal their second win in the Indian T20 League 2019 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Saturday. (Delhi vs Kolkata: AS IT HAPPENED)

Kolkata, needing 11 runs to win in the Super Over, could only score six runs as Delhi, who should have won this match comfortably in a normal course, eventually managed to win the match in the Super Over. Delhi scored 10 from the Super Over bowled by Prasidh Krishna before allowing Kolkata to score only six.

The defeat in the capital also meant that Kolkata suffered their first defeat, after the wins against Hyderabad and Punjab, of the season. Meanwhile, for Delhi, this was their second win.

Chasing 186 runs to win, young Prithvi Shaw missed out on his maiden hundred in the cash-rich league, scoring 99 and skipper Shreyas Iyer‘s 43 after Delhi lost Shikhar Dhawan when the score was 27. However, the Shaw-Iyer added 89 runs for the second wicket in just 56 balls before the latter got out for 43 off Andre Russell’s bowling. The Delhi skipper hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 28-ball innings.

Shaw, though, kept the scoreboard ticking and just when it seemed like a hundred was for the taking, Shaw got out for 99.

Delhi were still in control as it came down to scoring six runs off the final over. However, Kuldeep Yadav held his nerve and Delhi lost theirs, losing two wickets, forcing the season’s first Super Over, after scoring just five runs in the 20th over.

Earlier, Andre Russell came to the party for the third time in a row and Dinesh Karthik led from the front as Kolkata recovered from an early collapse and scored 185 after put in to bat by Delhi.

Kolkata, who had won their first two games of the season, were pushed on the backfoot as the hometeam reduced the visitors to 61/5 by the end of 10 overs, with the likes of Nikhil Naik, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill back in the dugout.

However, Russell, who was the chief architect in Kolkata’s wins over Hyderabad and Punjab, once again played a pivotal role as he and Karthik stitched a 95-run partnership. While the team was in trouble, Russell stuck to his tried and tested method of hitting big sixes and scoring at a brisk pace and like many times before, it worked for the Jamaican.

The West Indian hammered 62 off 28 balls, hitting 6 sixes and 4 fours before being dismissed by Chris Morris in the 18th over.

Kolkata skipper, Karthik, meanwhile, scored 50 off 36 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes. While he could not stay till the end after being dismissed by Amit Mishra in the 19th over, his knock, along with Russell’s blitz, raised Kolkata’s hopes of a hat-trick of wins.

Delhi made as many as four changes to the playing XI with Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari and Sandeep Lamichhane getting a look in. Kolkata, meanwhile, just made one change to the team with Naik replacing injured Sunil Narine.

Brief scores: Delhi 185/6 and 10/1 (Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer 43; Kuldeep Yadav 2/41) beat Kolkata 185/8 and 6/1 (Andre Russell 62, Dinesh Karthik 50; Harshal Patel 2/40) by four runs in a Super Over