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

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

That's the end of KKR innings as Tewatia picks up three wickets in the final over to restrict the host. And in the third, young pacer Mavi castled Gautam Gambhir for his maiden wicket and reduced Daredevils to 24/3 in three overs.

Until Andre Russell walked out to bat, Delhi appeared to be in control of the proceedings and were hopeful of restricting Kolkata to a score of 170-175.

Glenn Maxwell (47 off 22) and Rishabh Pant (43 off 26) - the only players to reach double figures - kept the Daredevils up with the rate with a stand of 62, but once Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) banished them both, the visitors crumbled, losing their last seven wickets for 43, Sunil Narine (3-18) snaring three of them to move past 100 IPL scalps.

Chasing 201 runs for victory, Delhi's run chase started on disastrous note as in form Jason Roy was dismissed by Piyush Chawl in the very first over. However, the shining star of KKR Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine took 3 wickets each and snatched the match from the DD's jaw.

Kolkata bowled out Delhi for 129 in 14.2 overs to register their second win of the season. The Australian tries to hit third six on trott to Kuldeep Yadav, but this time he holds it straight to Uthappa. Boult gave Delhi Daredevils a terrific start, bowling the tournament's first maiden to Chris Lynn, and then accounting for Narine. A sharp glove-work from skipper Dinesh Karthik saw in-form Jason Roy stumped off Chawla in the first over.

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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.

In his second over, Boult accounted for Narine's (1) wicket and ensured the all-rounder doesn't score quick runs for his side. Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn then went after bowlers especially Shahbaz Nadeem, who was taking the beating from Uthappa. He captained the Kolkata outfit, to two IPL titles during his stay and would be looking to continue his winning run. However, he departed soon after and the responsibility of carrying the innings forward was left to Nitish Rana.

Despite being a little expensive, Trent Boult has picked up 4 wickets in 3 games.

It was Kolkata's second victory in four matches and it catapulted them to the second spot on the table behind leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have won all their three games so far.

This time around he will be wearing the blue and red jersey of Delhi and will face Dinesh Karthik and co, when these two teams collide in the much anticipated clash at Eden Gardens on Monday. Ultimately DD's innings folded up for 129 earning KKR a handsome win. This allowed Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go. Piyush Chawla, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran also took a wicket each.

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