KKR cruise past Delhi, Maxwell

Uthappa remained fiery througout his 35-run knock.

Narine was exceptional against SRH on Saturday, conceding just 17 runs in four overs and also taking the timely wickets of Wriddhiman Saha, who looked good for his 15-ball 24 and in-form Shikhar Dhawan (7). KKR's Nitish Rana played commendably and beaten hard with his ball successfully scored fantastic fifty-nine.

Using Andre Russell as a bowler to complete his full quota of 4 overs in the best possible way. Knight Riders could have posted a bigger score, but struggled in the final over of leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia, where it lost three wickets for three runs. It all started with a ideal yorker from Trent Boult in the 18th over which castled Russell and then the slide began and much like their last game, Delhi staged a comeback.

Pant and Maxwell then came together for a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket before the former holed out to Chawla at deep midwicket off Yadav. Nitish Rana dazzled with a 35 ball 59 as he stroked five fours and four sixes.

Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, and Liam Plunkett. Pant's wicket triggered a batting collapse for Daredevils as they lost next six wickets in 5.5 overs for 43 runs.

Chris Lynn provided the only real batting positive for KKR with his 49 from 34 balls and I'm backing him to deliver another profit in Kolkata's top batsman market at [12/5].

Not only that, Uthappa constructed a 55-run partnership with Lynn.

This will be the first time Gautam Gambhir will return to Eden Gardens since making the switch to DD. As it happened Knight Riders bowled out Daredevils for 129 in 14.2 overs to register their second win of the season. But in the end, it was just bitter emotions as Dinesh Karthik's KKR routed DD, beating them by 71 runs. Jason Roy who starred against Mumbai, went back in the fifth ball of their innings as Chawla initiated Kolkata's merrymaking. Maxwell (47 off 22 balls) had to go in 10.5 overs.

Until Andre Russell walked out to bat, Delhi appeared to be in control of the proceedings and were hopeful of restricting Kolkata to a score of 170-175.

  • Julie Sanders