Kolkata kept their nerves intact as they win a thriller qualifier 2 match to set up a mouth-watering Indian T20 League final against Chennai.
After posting a score of 135/5 on the board, Delhi had to stare at Kolkata racing to a score of 96 in 12 overs. With 13 runs required in 24 balls, it seemed that Eoin Morgan's men would ease to a win comfortably, but no one could have foreseen six wickets fall in a flash till the equation read as six runs needed in three deliveries.
With Ravichandran Ashwin on a hat-trick, the entire Delhi camp were anxiously waiting if there would be a wicket to put a stamp as Rahul Tripathi went for a maximum. But, the ball landed safely outside the crease to break the hearts of all the Delhi players, staff and fans at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Kolkata reach the final for the first time since 2014, and will play a replay of the 2012 final against MS Dhoni's Chennai - who earlier defeated Delhi to reach the championship match of the Indian T20 League for the third time in four editions.
KOLKATA WIN! What an end to a thriller
After losing six wickets from 15.6 overs, Kolkata seemed to be on the verge of a defeat.
However, with six needed off the last two deliveries, Rahul Tripathi dispatches Ashwin's hat-trick ball for a six. What an end to a thriller of a game.
The Men in Purple and Gold kept their chasing record in UAE intact.
So close, yet so far for a heartbroken Delhi.
Well, that's it from us here from SportsAdda. Goodnight and goodbye.
WICKET! An Ashwin hat-trick incoming?
Absolute madness as Sunil Narine's attempt at a maximum finds the save hands of Axar Patel!
Ravichandran Ashwin is on a ROLL! and so are Delhi. Can the Men in Blue go all the way?
Kolkata 130/7 after 19.4 overs
WICKET! Delhi now in command
Ravichandran Ashwin makes up for his misfield earlier in the game as he plucks the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan.
The Bangladesh star tries for scoop, but the ball strikes his back pad. An LBW appeal goes in Ashwin's favour as the Delhi camp jumps with joy.
Kolkata 130/6 after 19.3 overs
WICKET! Captain Morgan sinks for a duck
Delhi are on course for an out-of-nowhere win! Anrich Nortje bowls out Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan, who was going for a maximum.
Kolkata's ship is sinking after hitting a iceberg in Delhi.
Kolkata 129/5 after 19 overs
WICKET! Are we in for a thriller?
Kagiso Rabada wraps up his final over in style, taking the wicket of Dinesh Karthik as his delivery finds the inside of the bat, that hits the stumps.
Can Delhi turn it around?
Kolkata 126/4 after 18 overs
WICKET! Gill falls for 46
Shubman Gill's quest for his third fifty in the Indian T20 League 2021 ends as an Avesh Khan delivery kisses the outside edge of the bat and goes behind to the safe hands of Delhi captain Rishabh Pant.
Kolkata 125/3 after 16.4 overs
WICKET! Rana departs for 13
Nitish Rana is dispatched back for 13 by Anrich Nortje, who claims his first wicket of the night.
After hitting a maximum earlier in the over, Rana pulls a shot towards long leg but flies comfortably towards Shimron Hetmyer.
Kolkata 123/2 after 16 overs
DROPPED! Is this the game-changing moment?
Avesh Khan's length delivery pushes Nitish Rana to slice it horribly towards third man, where Ravi Ashwin was waiting to take a simple catch.
HOWEVER, the 35-year-old drops it.
Kolkata 109/1 after 14.1 overs