IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

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Led by new skipper Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Riders spoiled former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir's homecoming after crushing his team Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 71 runs on Monday.

The last few games left some netizens wondering if IPL matches are scripted. My performance is better under pressure.

Nitish Rana (KKR), man of the match: "I have been at the end of some unlucky dismissals". In the end Delhi were bowled out for 129 runs in 14.2 overs to hand KKR a comfortable win.

In the ongoing season of the IPL, Narine is now the Purple Cap holder with seven wickets in four games and is tied for the top spot with Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians) and Chris Woakes (Royal Challengers Bangalore).

"I don't think I played such a huge role, everyone's been assigned a certain responsibility, I just had to fulfil that, so did the others", a modest Rana said.

Shreyas Iyer (4) and Gautam Gambhir (8) soon departed to leave the bulk of run scoring to be done by Rishabh Pant (43, SR: 165.38) and Glenn Maxwell (47, SR: 213.63), who brought Delhi back into the game with a 62-run explosive stand. Dropped off his third ball by Jason Roy, he made the Daredevils pay with his next ten balls contributing 34 runs to the tally. Yadav then struck by claiming the unsafe Rishabh Pant when he and Glen Maxwell were threatening to take the game away.

Russell and Nitish Rana (59 off 35) blazed a fifth-wicket stand of 61 in just 22 balls as Kolkata racked up 200-9, a total they defended easily after Roy, Shreyas Iyer (4) and former KKR captain Gambhir (8), who rejoined Delhi in January, fell within the first three overs of the run chase.

DD needs 87 runs from 9 Overs.

Curator Taposh Chatterjee said that the side batting first should score around 180-190 runs. He went after the bowling attack right from the first ball and along with Nitish Rana, counterattacked the bowlers in the last five overs.

"We had plans for him (Russell) but when he gets going it's tough for the bowlers to execute the plans".

Russell's blitzkrieg which took the game away from Delhi did not overshadow Rana's innings, opined the southpaw.

Russell's whirlwind 41, 36 of them coming in sixes, ensured KKR overcame a slow start to post a challenging 200 for nine after they were put in by Gambhir. "He lost the plot for about 6-7 balls and that's enough for you to have a bad game".