IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders Register Comprehensive Win Over Delhi Daredevils

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The KKR who came to bat first after losing the toss set a target of 201 runs in front of Delhi Daredevils. KKR's Nitish Rana played commendably and beaten hard with his ball successfully scored fantastic fifty-nine. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch.

But the biggest impact in the game was by Jamaican Andre Russell, who hit an impressive six sixes as he scored 41 runs in just 12 balls. Russel and Rana put up 61 run stand before the West Indian was clean bowled by Boult with old fashion Yorker.

Narine took three wickets for 18 runs in three overs, while Yadav finished with figures of three for 32 in 3.2 overs.

WICKET! Andre Russel entertaining knock comes to an end.

WICKET! Dinesh Karthik's poor run with the bat continues as he manages to score just 19 runs before throwing away his wicket. The player of the match goes to Nitish Rana. As for Delhi, they now sit above only the winless Mumbai Indians and suffered a seismic drop in net run rate after their 71-run demolition at the hands of the Knight Riders. Lynn looked scratchy and was eventually out for a 29-ball 31. But in the next ball, when he tried to go for another six, he hit it straight to Robin Uthappa instead. The result meant Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir's return to Kolkata ended on a sour note. After having played for KKR a year ago, Boult would know how the pitch behaves at the Eden Gardens. And Kolkata Knight Riders won by 71 runs.

It was Kolkata's second victory in four matches and it catapulted them to the second spot on the table behind leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have won all their three games so far.

Karthik-led KKR are desperately looking to get their campaign back on track after After back-to-back defeats, while Delhi will hoping to carry their winning momentum from the Mumbai game.

Gambhir too is expected to be among runs at Eden Gardens.

KKR will be mlooking to bring back Sunil Narine at top of the order after the move to bring him down the order in the last game backfired. Trent Boult got the initial breakthrough but Robin Uthappa looked in great touch as he raced away to 35 in no time before he was dismissed.

In reply, Glenn Maxwell's 22-ball 47 and Rishabh Pant's 26-ball 43 went in vain, as Delhi were bundled out for 129 with mystery spinner Sunil Narine (3/18) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) plotting most of the damage.

In the next over, Rana caught Iyer at first slip off Russell's bowling while the big wicket of Gambhir - who is KKR's most successful captain winning two IPLs with them - fell to U-19 World Cup victor Shivam Mavi (1/14).

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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