IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs

Disciplined bowling KKR

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine (3/18) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. Followed by Nitish Rana taking a good catch at slips to dismiss Shreyas Iyer off Russell. And in the third, young pacer Shivam Mavi castled Gautam Gambhir to reduce Delhi to 24 for 3.

Rishabh Pant and Glen Maxwell then put on 62 run stand between them. Once the pair got out, the Delhi Daredevils batting folded like a pack of cards as they got out for 129 runs with more than 30 deliveries left in the innings.

Kolkata bowled out Delhi for 129 in 14.2 overs to register their second win of the season.

WICKET! Maxwell's entertaining knock comes to an end. The Australian tries to hit third six on trott to Kuldeep Yadav, but this time he holds it straight to Uthappa.

Although Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell tried to restart the run chase, it was becoming too late for the visitors. Knowing that the target was not an easy one, Pant ensured that the required run rate did not go over 11 but in his hurry to keep the scoreboard ticking, he found Chawla at deep midwicket to fall seven runs short of a half century.

WICKET! Shivam Mavi gets the breakthrough. A sharp glove-work from skipper Dinesh Karthik saw in-form Jason Roy stumped off Chawla in the first over. Batting first at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders posted a total of 200, thanks to an explosive innings by Andre Russell. While Man of the Match Rana took 35 balls to reach his score, slamming five fours and four sixes in the process, Russell reached his in just 12 balls, at a strike rate of 341.66.

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Boult started off really well as he picked up a wicket and did not give a run in his first 10 deliveries.

Kolkata's innings was somewhat revived by vice-captain Robin Uthappa, who scored 35 runs from 19 balls. Robin Uthappa was particularly aggressive against Shahbaz Nadeem, smashing him for 18 runs in over.

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. Trent Boult with the old fashioned yorker that disturbs the timber. Dinesh Karthik came and scored a breezy 19 before Andre Russell got stuck into the DD bowling attack.

WICKET! Chris Lynn has to go back, Shami with the wicket. "Today I had made a decision 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. Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs with 34 balls remaining. And Kolkata Knight Riders won by 71 runs. After having played for KKR previous year, Boult would know how the pitch behaves at the Eden Gardens. Hence the chance of DD Winning this match is rare.

The only blip in Russells innings was when he was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy off the bowling of Mohammed Shami, but from thereon there was no stopping the Jamaican.

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