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Cricket | Indian Premier League 2018

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KKR humble Delhi at Eden Gardens

The Kolkata Knight Riders delighted more than 51 000 of their fans at the iconic Eden Gardens when they humbled the Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in their IPL match on Monday night.

Full Scorecard: Kolkata v Delhi

It was an unhappy homecoming for Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir after his earlier years with KKR.

Chasing a formidable 201 for victory, Delhi maintained the required rate during the first half of their innings but also lost half their wickets.

The clincher came when the dangerous Glenn Maxwell was caught on the boundary for 47 in 22 balls, reducing the visitors to 113 for six with the lower order facing the deadly spin of Sunil Narine, who duly picked up 3-18 including his 100th IPL scalp. Narine is only the third bowler in the IPL to claim 100 wickets or more for the same team.

Delhi found themselves on the back foot early when they lost three wickets in the first three overs, with Jason Roy, who struck a match-winning unbeaten 91 in their last match against the Mumbai Indians, brilliantly stumped down the leg side by skipper Dinesh Karthik off the bowling of legspinner Piyush Chawla.

Roy was quickly followed by Shreyas Iyer, superbly caught at slip by Nitish Rana off Andre Russell, and then Gambhir himself, who played on to the speedy 19-year-old paceman Shivam Mavi.

Wobbling on 24 for three, Delhi briefly threatened a recovery when an enterprising Rishabh Pant (43 in 26 balls) and Maxwell added an entertaining 62 for the fourth wicket, but both batsmen lost their wickets in disappointing fashion to catches in the deep when they attempted to punish long-hops from wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Once they were out, KKR scythed through the rest of the batting as Delhi collapsed in a heap for 129 in 14.2 overs.


Earlier, after Gambhir had won the toss and put the home team into bat, Russell bludgeoned 41 off 12 balls, including six sixes, as the West Indian allrounder propelled the KKR to an impressive 200 for nine.

The muscular Russell and an impressive Rana (59 in 35 balls) smashed 61 for the fifth wicket in less than four overs to set up the total. This after New Zealand pace bowler, Trent Boult, had bowled the first maiden of this year’s competition to opener Chris Lynn at the start of the innings.

Boult, Delhi’s outstanding bowler on a night when his teammates were given some rough treatment, finished with the impressive figures of 2-29 in his four overs, including the important wicket of Russell whom he bowled with a yorker when the West Indian looked set to inflict further damage.

Lynn played an uneven innings, with his 31 including 16 dot balls, but a belligerent Robin Uthappa picked up the pace with 35 off 19 balls before Rana and Russell laid waste to Delhi’s bowlers with paceman Mohammed Shami proving to be particularly expensive, going for 53 in his four overs.

South Africa’s Chris Morris had a disappointing outing after missing his last match through illness, conceding 41 runs while taking two wickets in his four overs and getting out to a poor shot when it was his turn to bat.

Delhi finished on a positive note with legspinner Rahul Tewatia taking three wickets in the final over while conceding only a single, but it was one of the few encouraging moments in an otherwise below-par performance by Delhi.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav

DELHI DAREDEVILS: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult


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