Not in fine fettle after facing two successive defeats, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be forced to go down memory lane when they welcome their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir, who is now in charge of Delhi Daredevils (DD), in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game between the two teams here at the Eden Gardens on Monday. "I just told him to hold your position, you are hitting the ball really well, so don't try to be cheeky and all and you can easily clear the boundary". He did pretty well: stayed unbeaten to bring Delhi their first win and has made Mumbai wait for their first a little longer.
Sunrises Hyderabad is having a good performance in IPL 2018 as they win the first two matches.
Gambhir, who was associated with KKR since 2011, has better knowledge of the conditions and he will be keen to make a point against his former franchise, who did not retain him this year. The No3 batsman, among the highest run-getters for Delhi last season (338 runs from 12 matches) will be eager to hit the straps after a lacklustre start to the season (11 runs from two matches).
Suryakumar Yadav (53) moved up to open and made a half-century for Mumbai, while Evin Lewis (48) and Ishan Kishan (44) came close, but a middle order collapse left their total at 194-7 and the door ajar for the Daredevils. "We are not consistent in terms of how we want to take the innings through, not able to finish off games".
Bhunvneshwar Kumar (3-26) was the pick of an impressive bowling unit on his return from injury, though Shakib and towering Australia seamer Billy Stanlake, who found real pace and carry, also impressed with figures of 2-21.
Trent Boult contributed to the win, taking 2-39 from his four overs, removing captain Rohit Sharma for 18, Hardik Pandya and for 2. With 11 needed to win off the final over, Roy smashed Mustafizur for 10 runs of the first two deliveries. Shreyas said Mumbai bowled some good slower ones at the death. Incidentally, they have won four of their last five matches against Delhi with the 146-run victory previous year being the highest in IPL. Roy was efficient in using his feet to meet the pitch of the ball, as well as using the depth of the crease while shifting back.
"As the situation demands, you have to be ready at any number you bat and all the players have to be on their toes", Iyer said. "I said I don't mind opening the innings because I have played most of my cricket here and know how the new ball behaves". Depends on player to player.