IPL 2018, Match 13, KKR v DD, Review: Hosts Register Comprehensive Victory After Brilliant All-Round Performance
The Kolkata Knight Riders came back to winning ways after registering a comprehensive victory against the Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It was a wonderful batting performance by the home team to post a commendable 200 on the board. However, the Delhi bowlers made a sort of a comeback in the last three overs by restricting the KKR run flow.
While chasing Delhi lost three early wickets. However, Glenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant revived their hopes with some wonderful hitting. But in the end, the total of 200 proved to be way too much to Delhi’s liking.
They lost their last five wickets for just 17 runs which eventually handed KKR a comfortable victory.
Gambhir wins the toss and elected to field
It was the visiting skipper Gautam Gambhir who won the toss and asked the hosts to bat. KKR went back to their previous opening combination of Lynn and Narine after the ploy to go with Uthappa didn’t work in the previous encounter.
Narine couldn’t quite make a mark and got dismissed for just a solitary run by Trent Boult.
Chris Lynn began in a relatively sedate manner and failed to find the boundaries on a consistent basis. It was Robin Uthappa who pressed on the accelerator for the home team with some exceptional shots.
He smashed a couple of fours and three sixes during his 19-ball knock of 35. Nitish Rana came in the middle at the fall of Uthappa’s wicket and looked in control of proceedings from the outset.
Rana and Russell smash the Delhi bowlers
The southpaw struck some gorgeous shots during his half-century. However, it was the knock of Andre Rusell which totally changed the complexion of the match. The all-rounder smashed a 12 balls 41 which included six gigantic sixes.
Rana, on the other hand, played himself in and smashed some delightful shots.
His innings of 59 came in just 35 deliveries which included five fours and four sixes. KKR looked well in pursuit of a score of 210 but some tight bowling by Rahul Tewatia, especially in the final, over didn’t allow KKR to go past the 200-mark. The leggie conceded just a run and bagged three wickets.
Delhi gets off to the worst possible start
Delhi’s chase started in the worst possible manner. The visiting team lost three quick wickets which pegged them back badly. The three scalps included the wickets of Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer and Gautam Gambhir. It was Chawla who provided the initial breakthrough in the form of Roy’s wicket. Russell cramped Iyer for room with a rising delivery and the batsmen couldn’t quite keep it down and gave a relatively difficult catch to the slip fielder Nitish Rana.
Meanwhile, the skipper was beaten for pace by the 19-year-old Shivam Mavi. He touched 145 km/hr in one of his deliveries. After a dismal start, Delhi’s hopes were revived by Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell.
The duo batted superbly during their stand of 62 in 33 deliveries. Pant was eventually dismissed by a loose delivery by Kuldeep Yadav. It was a drag down and Pant ended up hitting it straight to the deep mid wicket fielder.
KKR bowlers bag last 5 wickets for just 17 runs
Maxwell kept playing the big shots even after the fall of Rahul Tewatia’s wicket. However, the KKR bowlers bounced back strongly and bagged the last five wickets for just 17 runs.
The spin bowling duo of Suni Narine and Kuldeep Yadav did the magic yet again finishing with three wickets each. Maxwell emerged as the top scorer for Punjab with 47 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders 200/9 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 59, Andre Russell 41, Rahul Tewatia 3/18)
Delhi Daredevils 129 all-out in 14.2 overs (Glenn Maxwell 47, Rishabh Pant 43, Sunil Narine 3/18, Kuldeep Yadav 3/32)
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 71 runs
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