IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders Beat Delhi Daredevils by 71 Runs

Robin Uthappa

After the departure of Russell and Rana, wrist spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) took three wickets in the last over, but the duos 61-run partnership from 22 balls was enough to take them to 200. Young Shivam Mavi had a memorable evening as he scalped Gautam Gambhir's wicket. Earlier, Rana cracked a fine half century while Russell blasted a 12-ball 44 to propel KKR to 200/9 in 20 overs. In response, DD kept losing wickets at regular intervals and folded for 129. Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav shared 3 wickets between them to take their team to comfortable victory. Delhi Daredevils, having won their last match were brimming up with confidence to register another win in their name in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Although Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell tried to restart the run chase, it was becoming too late for the visitors. A sharp glove-work from skipper Dinesh Karthik saw in-form Jason Roy stumped off Chawla in the first over.

Boult gave Delhi Daredevils a terrific start, bowling a first over maiden to Chris Lynn and then accounting for Narine.

But the biggest impact in the game was by Jamaican Andre Russell, who hit an impressive six sixes as he scored 41 runs in just 12 balls.

But they still managed to score 50 runs in the powerplay, thanks to some clean hitting by Lynn (31) and Uthappa, who scored a brisk 35 from 19 balls. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch. From there on, it was all downhill for Delhi as they lost wickets in a hurry. "Today I had chose to play till the end and waited for the spinners to come into action as spin bowling is an easy option for me to play" Rana said at the post-match press conference.

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Despite being a little expensive, Trent Boult has picked up 4 wickets in 3 games. He captained the Kolkata outfit, to two IPL titles during his stay and would be looking to continue his winning run. After having played for KKR a year ago, Boult would know how the pitch behaves at the Eden Gardens.

The captaincy mantle was handed over to Dinesh Karthik, who has so far looked out of sorts in the opening two games, where KKR finished second best to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), respectively. Hence the chance of DD Winning this match is rare.

Delhi's hopes of a rampant start were shattered as Karthik's nifty glovework sent Roy on his way; Iyer cut a short ball from Russell to Rana at first slip; and Gambhir chopped on to his stumps to hand Kolkata quick Shivam Mavi, 19, his maiden IPL wicket.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels. This allowed Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go.

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