Kolkata Knight Riders are coming into this match after their second loss to Mumbai Indians while defending a total this season. KKR are currently 2nd on the points table 4 wins in 6 matches. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, have also lost just 2 matches and have won 3 of the 5 played. In the chasers tournament, Delhi Daredevils is among the two teams who have successfully defended a total in IPL 2016 so far.
Not worried about that fact, Gautam Gambhir won the toss and chose to field. KKR have chased well so far and he wanted to continue doing that. Delhi Daredevils who lost their away game against KKR this season were looking to turn things around in their home match. But the hopes of Daredevils were soon hampered as Russell picked up 2 wickets in the first over itself. Karun Nair and IPL debutant Sam Billings scored their respective 50s and many big shots from Brathwaite took the Delhi Daredevils score to 186/8 in 20 overs.
Gambhir, who had been in great form so far couldn’t play today and fell to Zaheer Khan. Wickets fell in quick succession after that as well and KKR were in trouble. Uthappa held the strike from one end. But no other batsman could support him and in the end, KKR lost the match by 27 runs. Their first loss while chasing.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
Slow Starters – Delhi Daredevils have considerably done well in this season of IPL under the captaincy of Zaheer Khan. But when it comes to batting they are still slow starters. Daredevils have a run rate of 9.94 in the powerplay which is the lowest among all teams in IPL 2016.
50 on debut – Sam Billings became third English batsman to score a 50 on IPL debut.
First No-ball – Piyush Chawla bowled his first no ball in IPL. He has bowled closed to 387 overs in the 9 seasons of IPL so far. He held the record to bowl a most number of deliveries without bowling a No-ball. Now Shane Warne holds this record. He has bowled 199 overs in IPL and never bowled a no-ball.
300 for Gambhir – Gautam Gambhir became 2nd player in this season of IPL to score 300 or more runs. Only another player with more runs than Gambhir is Virat Kohli.
100th Six – Robin Uthappa became the 14th batsman in IPL to hit 100 or more sixes.
Finally on Top 2 – Delhi Daredevils, who have been in the bottom two position in the league table in the past few years is now in 2nd position in the league table.