Narine takes 100th IPL wicket in emphatic KKR win

Robin Uthappa

Russell hit six sixes in a three-over period where the hosts bludgeoned 54 runs before leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) put a lid on the proceedings by taking three wickets in the last over conceding a miserly one run. Young Shivam Mavi had a memorable evening as he scalped Gautam Gambhir's wicket.

Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22 balls) and Rishabh Pant (43 from 26) kept Delhi in the hunt with a breezy 62-run partnership from 32 balls.

As Karthik rightly pointed out at the post-match press conference on Saturday, KKR's strength lies in their three-pronged spin attack led by mystery spinner Sunil Narine and also has celebrated chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and veteran leggie Piyush Chawla. And by the time he was dismissed in the 18th over, Kolkata had galloped to 178 as 61 runs had come off just 3.4 overs with Russell scoring 41 of them in just 12 balls.

Kolkata bowled out Delhi for 129 in 14.2 overs to register their second win of the season.

After been asked to bat, openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn failed to provide strong start as Delhi bowlers Trent Boult and Chris Morris kept things tight right from the first over.

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Although Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell tried to restart the run chase, it was becoming too late for the visitors. It began with Chawla foxing Jason Roy and captain Dinesh Karthik affecting a smart stumping. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch.

Boult started off really well as he picked up a wicket and did not give a run in his first 10 deliveries.

After Uthappa onslaught, Nitish Rana continued to play big shots going after spinner Nadeem who finished with figures of 1/43 in his 4 overs. A listless batting display by Gautam Gambhir and Co means that they have lost third match of the IPL 2018. Mavi then compounded the misery on them by sending the ever reliable Gambhir packing in the third leaving the Knight Riders reeling at 24/3. If fans were confused whom to support after Gambhir moved from KKR to DD, they were left in no doubt by the end of the match, what with KKR bowling the entire DD team out in just 14.2 overs. Incidentally, this was also KKR's first win at Eden Gardens in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

Jason Roy, who was brought into the match against Mumbai in place of Colin Munro, will be looking to carry on the form after playing match winning knock in the last game. This allowed Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.

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