The encounter between the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders turned out to be a replica of the first game, as the hosts stormed their way to a win by 9 wickets. The Knight Riders couldn’t have got their campaign off in better style, as in front of their home ground, the bowlers came to the party to restrict the Daredevils below 100.
The inexperience was clearly visible from the Daredevils perspective as Andre Russell struck thrice in his opening burst to dent the visitors. The Daredevils batsmen couldn’t recover from the initial blows and later, succumbed to the guile and mystery of Brad Hogg. The Knight Riders won the game with 35 balls to spare to seal off the game.
Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir remained unbeaten on 38 through the chase, and he admitted that he was pleased to get some runs for himself. “I was playing after a long time, so I’m happy to get some runs under the bag against a quality attack,” said Gambhir. The Knight Riders skipper dismissed rumors suggesting that his side demanded tailored wickets. “We have all bases covered so it doesn’t matter what we get. Lots of people say that we ask for specific tracks but it’s never that way. A quality bowler will do well on any kind of surface,” he said.
The southpaw praised Jamaican Andre Russell for his efforts and said, “The way Russell started, he got to Kolkata in the morning. A lot of credit to the bowlers for restricting them to 98, half the job was done right there. Not used to play on these kinds of wickets in Kolkata. We weren’t sure as to what will be a good total so decided to bowl first. It’s a small ground here making it easier to chase. Russell is a quality player and the surface doesn’t matter when you have quality,” said Gambhir.
“I thought that someone had to bat through which is what professional teams do and that is what we had discussed and that was my responsibility. Robin batted unbelievably, some of the shots were unbelievable,” Gambhir summed up.