Kolkata Knight Riders (200-9) started as favourites and backed it up with their display at their home ground beating Delhi Daredevils (129-10) by a comprehensive 71-run margin.
Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to field first in line with the latest trend. The regular opening pair of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine started proceedings for Kolkata. Narine (1) could not milk the bowlers this time around as he fell on the fourth ball he faced off Trent Boult (4-29-2).
It was a slow start but quick-fire knocks from Uthappa (35), Dre Russ (41) and a well-paced innings from Nitish Rana (59) takes us to a challenging total of 2?0?0?.#KKRvDD #IPL2018 #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/JhUVvs6wpe— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 16, 2018
Lynn (31) and Robin Uthappa (35) steadied the ship with a 55-run partnership in which Uthappa played the aggressor scoring at a strike rate of over 180. Uthappa was followed by Captain Dinesh Karthik (19), after whose short lived stay at the crease, Nitish Rana 59, SR: 168.57, MoM) and Andre Russell (41, SR: 341.66) took matters in their hands and the projected score which at one point was around 160, ended up being 200.
A required rate of 10 runs per over from the outset would always prove to be an uphill task for DD’s batting line up. Captain Gambhir and the newly-included Jason Roy came out to start proceedings for Delhi. Roy (1) could not ingeminate his heroics of the last match as he was dismissed on a wide down the leg side off Piyush Chawla (2-16-1).
Shreyas Iyer (4) and Gautam Gambhir (8) soon departed to leave the bulk of run scoring to be done by Rishabh Pant (43, SR: 165.38) and Glenn Maxwell (47, SR: 213.63), who brought Delhi back into the game with a 62-run explosive stand.
Once both of them departed within a matter of two overs, Delhi lost their last 7 wickets for 43 runs in 35 balls to lose the match by 71 runs.
The lower order Delhi batsmen in Rahul Tewatia (1), Vijay Shankar (2) and Chris Morris (2) hardly troubled the scorers. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine starred for Kolkata, bagging three wickets each.
The match brought twofold happiness for Narine who not only completed 100 IPL wickets but also clinched the Purple Cap.
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