It’s a no contest thanks to the destructive Knight Riders hitters.

It’s a no contest thanks to the destructive Knight Riders hitters.

Compared to Phil Salt, his opening partner, Narine batted very differently. As if cruelly chasing away insects, Narine swatted sixes and fours with the nonchalance akin to, say, Deadpool or Han Solo.

However, Salt—one of the most powerful batsmen in contemporary cricket—clubbed the ball with the same ferocity that Thor would hammer anything.

Ishant Sharma’s opening over saw Salt hit two straight fours, a loft over covers and a slice over the short third man, while Narine’s second over saw him knock three sixes and two fours. He drew one to the deep square leg boundary, cut one to the extra cover boundary, then fired a six over long off. He then exacted punishment on each and every bowler who had bowled at him.

Raghuvanshi sweet treats

Methodically violent was 18-year-old Angkrish Raghuvanshi, who had started his innings off by punching and pulling beyond the point fielder for consecutive fours off Anrich Nortje.

His pull to the deep midwicket boundary and cover drive were reminiscent of Virat Kohli. Nevertheless, he gave Rasikh Salam a six-figure reversal hit, perhaps out of rage. He struck two more sixes to the deep midwicket boundary off of Rasikh and Sumit Kumar.

Andre Russell and Rinku Singh reduced the DC “house of hope” to rubble, leaving KKR to live in a world of funhouse mirrors for the remainder of the innings.

The Capitals responded by dropping four wickets during the PowerPlay.

But captain Rishabh Pant persevered, like did Sisyphus, who had the seemingly impossible task of rolling a boulder up a hill.

Pant (55, 25b, 4×4, 5×6) appeared to be carrying a niggle after hitting two sixes and four fours from a Venkatesh Iyer over.

Tristan Stubbs performed admirably for Delhi as well, hitting four fours and two sixes off of spinners Varun Chakaravarthy and Narine in his 54 off 32 balls.

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